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Bill establishes new subsidy for biomass power plants

Legislators seek to establish a Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, which would be funded by the cap and trade program adopted by the California Air Resources Board under AB32, and appropriate those dollars to the California Energy Commission to subsidize biomass

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Alternative fuel companies cheer, oil industry questions CA carbon regulations

The California Air Resources Board’s plan to renew the Low Carbon Fuel Standard elicited cheers at a recent Board meeting from its main beneficiary: alternative fuel companies. More lukewarm was the petroleum industry, which could lose billions of dollars as it transitions

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CA “community solar” fight looms on subsidy issue

Hawaii’s boom in residential solar power is inspiring advocates of the alternative energy resource to push hard in states across the U.S. for rooftop solar power, both for personal use and as part of the larger electricity grid. One in

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Feinstein bill could end ethanol mandate

A bipartisan bill co-written by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., could end the federal mandate to add ethanol to gasoline. She’s teaming with Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa. The senator’s website reported yesterday they “are working to repeal a law that drives up the

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Warnings about AB32 sink in with national media 10

Since California’s adoption of Assembly Bill 32 in 2006, business interests have emphasized the law’s long-term effects on economic competitiveness. The measure requires the state to shift to cleaner-but-costlier forms of energy, reaching 33 percent of electricity supplies by 2020.

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State of the Union won’t help shrinking CA middle class 9

California is a place where middle-class jobs are vanishing faster than a politician’s word of honor. But it’s not surprising President Obama discussed this problem in last night’s State of the Union Address. His solution has three parts: 1. Raise

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Some crucial context on Brown’s new energy policy and AB 32 4

Gov. Jerry Brown’s decision to seek to extend the state of California’s push against global warming to 2030 with a further embrace of costlier-but-cleaner energy got a positive response from many environmental groups and journalists. The idea that California would

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Mary Nichols the ‘rock star’ bureaucrat

America is supposed to be a democracy ruled by “We, the people.” Actually it’s rule by bureaucracy. The vast bureaus of federal, state and local governments run our lives, and there’s not much that can be done about it until

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CA gas tax jumps 10 cents in Jan.

New year. New tax on gas. It’s AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 finally gouging drivers at the pump. Although industry spokesmen have said the new gas tax could be as much as 70 cents a gallon, it

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CARB draws sharp fire on AB 32 — from the left 3

David Roberts — a Grist.org journalist who has an easy command of energy issues that makes his NRDC-style environmentalism easier to take — has written a sharp piece about AB 32. Roberts details what he calls an “avoidable mess” in the

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