Posts Tagged ‘energy’

Gov. Brown appoints new chair to scandal-plagued CPUC

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014
Michael Picker, SMUD

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 ...

Brown fuels incentives for alt-energy cars

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

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 legislation set three cha...

CARB update: Powers expanding beyond AB32

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013
Mary Nichols

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 2006, CARB was charged with overseeing the lower...

Study questions whether fracking causes earthquakes

Monday, October 14th, 2013
Fracking wikimedia

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Obama interior secretary shreds fracking foes — LAT omits

Saturday, May 18th, 2013

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 for fracking on 756 million acres of public and Indian lands depicted the rules as be...

Evidence Keeps Building Of Flaws In State’s Carbon Auction

Sunday, December 9th, 2012
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 gas emissions law...

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

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

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? In covering Prop. 23, which would have blocked AB 32's implementat...

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

Monday, October 15th, 2012

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. Its adoption was driven by the idea that it would inspire the rest of the...

Pollution increase would be ‘negligible’ from consumer-friendly move on gasoline prices

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

Editor's note: Soon after this was posted Sunday morning, Jerry Brown took our advice -- and even used the term "negligible" to describe the effects on the environment. Coincidence? Probably. But still! Oct. 7, 2012 By Chris Reed The shocking run-up in gasoline prices endured by California driv...

In the spirit of ‘Animal Farm’: Some projects are more ‘worthwhile’ than others

Friday, September 21st, 2012

By Chris Reed Sept. 21 The difference between the federal government’s go-slow-or-is-it-no-go approach on the Keystone XL oil pipeline and the let’s-get-it-done push for the first segment of the California bullet train is instructive, in that in both cases we are told that environmental rules n...