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CA Democrats pass pro-fracking bill

October 2nd, 2013 By Wayne Lusvardi. Editor's note: Some corrections have been brought to our attention, and are appended at the end of the body of this article. Will the national energy boom come to California? Natural gas unlocked from shale formations -- "fracking" -- has boosted economies across America. In just the past decade, North Dakota supplanted California as the country's third-largest producer of oil and gas...

CPUC blacks out new green power prices from consumers

September 30th, 2013 By Wayne Lusvardi.   California is undergoing a revolutionary change to its energy system by switching as much as 51 percent of its sources of power to renewable energy (wind, solar, geothermal), from about 17 percent.  The public investment is in the mega-billions of dollars. Chris Raphael, editor of Energy News Data, recently wrote an article, “Ratepayers Should Not Remain in the Dark on Power ...

Business bills reach Brown’s desk

September 25th, 2013 By Dave Roberts.   While there has been much focus on the impacts to California businesses from Obamacare and the state minimum wage hike, less noticed are the smaller pieces of legislation regulating businesses. Two of those bills, which passed the recent legislative session despite opposition from the California Chamber of Commerce, are Assembly Bill 729 and Assembly Bill 1165. Privileged union...

CA Obamacare implementation funds activist groups

September 24th, 2013 By Katy Grimes. This is Part 1 of a two-part series. As California continues taking the lead in implementing Obamacare, officially called the Affordable Care Act, the state’s health care insurance “exchanges” are expected to serve as a model for exchanges in other states. The exchanges are being set up under legislation signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2010. But not all the money is...
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