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Legislative committee OKs $2 billion oil tax

May 1st, 2014 By Dave Roberts.   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 social services. “I’m authoring this bill because California is the only major oil ...

Ivanpah morphs into gas-solar hybrid

April 28th, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi. 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 California Energy Commission and the California Air Resources Board to increase, from one t...

Ivanpah solar power shifts pollution to the desert

April 25th, 2014 By Wayne Lusvardi. 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 plant will help the state meet the target of 33 percent of state electricity coming from r...

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

April 24th, 2014 By Kathy Hamilton. 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, examined here, concerns using cap-and-trade funds for the project. In his January budget...
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