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Bill simplifies tiered utility rates

Now that the $42 billion bill for the 2001 California Energy Crisis has been paid off, California’s current four price tiers for electricity will be flattened to two tiers over the next four years. Environmentalists who advocated for cleaning up

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Accusations fly over volatile CA gas prices

In an unusual exercise of power, California lawmakers in the state Senate launched a preliminary probe into the recent spike in Golden State gas prices. Although the numbers have dipped back down, and a big refinery explosion last month sidelined some

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Gov. Brown appoints new chair to scandal-plagued CPUC

After months of damaging headlines and questions about its coziness with energy companies, the California Public Utilities Commission is getting new leadership. On Tuesday, Gov. Jerry Brown promoted Commissioner Michael Picker, a longtime Democratic political consultant and Brown’s former energy

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Brown fuels incentives for alt-energy cars

Convinced carbon emissions pose an “existential threat” to the human race, Gov. Jerry Brown just signed a set of bills designed to push ahead an environmental agenda dependent on automobiles that don’t run on gas. Among other new rules, regulations and programs, the new

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CARB update: Powers expanding beyond AB32

Irish wit Oscar Wilde once quipped, “The bureaucracy is expanding to meet the needs of the expanding bureaucracy.” He died in 1900, but he would have recognized the California Air Resources Board. Under AB32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of

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Study questions whether fracking causes earthquakes

  essay writing online A new 2013 study conducted by the University of Durham in the United Kingdom dispels the widespread contention that fracking is a major threat to triggering large earthquakes in California and the U.S.  Fracking is the

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Obama interior secretary shreds fracking foes — LAT omits 1

May 18, 2013 By Chris Reed Say what you will about The New York Times, but at least it’s not in denial about fracking the way The Los Angeles Times is. Friday’s LAT coverage of new U.S. Interior Department rules

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Evidence Keeps Building Of Flaws In State’s Carbon Auction

Dec. 09, 2012 By John Hrabe California’s cap and trade regulators can’t seem to do anything right. Taxpayers, businesses and even some environmentalists are exposing the serious flaws with the state’s carbon auction. Small businesses have criticized the landmark greenhouse

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Shocking media development: An honest take on AB 32’s costs 9

Nov. 14, 2012 By Chris Reed Here’s how terrible California media coverage of AB 32 has been: Lots of people reading Dan Walters’ column today about the economic toll that it will take are probably surprised. Remember back in 2010?

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New York Times’ ignorance on California: How it’s revealing about state Dems, media 11

Oct. 15, 2012 By Chris Reed On Sunday, The New York Times printed a long article about the California government’s move to implement AB 32, the landmark 2006 state law forcing a shift to cleaner but costlier types of energy.

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