CA utilities outfoxing Cap and Trade law

Thursday, June 5th, 2014
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  This is Part 2 of a two-part series on Cap and Trade. Part 1 is here. Recent news about California’s cap-and-trade emissions program is like reading a Spy vs. Spy comic strip in an old Mad Magazine, where spies try to outfox each other with booby traps. There is a paper war going o...

Study: Green power worst way to cut CO2

Monday, June 2nd, 2014
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  This is Part 1 of a two-part series. Most people probably know more about Cap'n Crunch cereal than about California’s complicated cap-and-trade air emissions regulation program.  But according to a new study, perhaps Cap'n Crunch would be a better name for cap and trade, which "crun...

Appellate court seems to OK high-speed rail

Thursday, May 29th, 2014
Appellate court seems to OK high-speed rail

This is Part 1 of a two-part series. Is a green light ahead for California’s high-speed rail project? In a crucial hearing on May 23 before the Third District Court of Appeal, questions asked by the justices seemed to lean toward a reversal of a lower-court decision on March 4 by Superior Co...

Ending water wars could spark tax wars

Friday, May 23rd, 2014
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  Phil Isenberg wants to end California's water wars. The member of the Delta Stewardship Council and its past chair wants to connect the cost of water more closely to its users. According to a report by the California Economic Summit, he points out that the cost of water is about $30 b...

Prop. 26 wins San Diego water war

Monday, May 12th, 2014
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  Remember Proposition 26, the Stop Hidden Taxes Initiative, passed by 52.5 percent of California’s voters in 2010?  Probably no one who voted at that time had any idea Prop. 26 would help resolve -- at least for now -- the 68-year water rate battle between the San Diego County Water Au...

Skepticism rises over need to reduce CO2 levels

Monday, May 5th, 2014
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  It's not even Halloween, but this sounds scary. The San Francisco Chronicle headline warned, “High Carbon Dioxide Levels Set a Record.” CO2 is a greenhouse gas of the type that AB32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, is designed to reduce. At the top of the Chronicle ar...

Legislative committee OKs $2 billion oil tax

Thursday, May 1st, 2014
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  The Senate Education Committee last week approved a $2 billion tax hike on California’s oil industry that critics say would drive up energy costs and push businesses out of state. Proponents of Senate Bill 1017 tout the additional revenue it will provide for higher education, parks and ...

Ivanpah morphs into gas-solar hybrid

Monday, April 28th, 2014
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This is Part 2 of a two-part series on the Ivanpah solar plant. Part 1 is here. As its name implies, the Ivanpah Concentrated Solar Thermal Power Plant in the Mojave Desert is supposed to provide renewable energy from the rays of the sun. But on March 26, 2014, Ivanpah applied to the C...

Ivanpah solar power shifts pollution to the desert

Friday, April 25th, 2014
Ivanpah solar power

This is Part 1 of a two-part series on Ivanpah solar power. It's supposed to be the latest thing in solar power. Gov. Jerry Brown and other state politicians tout the new Ivanpah Concentrated Solar Thermal Power Plant in the Mojave Desert as a showcase of the state's green-energy future. The ...

Experts question legality of cap-and-trade for high-speed rail

Thursday, April 24th, 2014
High-speed rail front page

Editor’s Note: This is Part 3 of a series looking in depth at the latest hearing in the state Senate on California’s high-speed rail blueprint. Part 1 is here. Part 2 is here. California’s high-speed rail project has problems in many areas, as this series has noted. A special problem, e...

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