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Sacramento eyes electric vehicle boost

  With California’s cap-and-trade legislation on the ropes, zero-emissions vehicle quotas have emerged as the next piece of environmental policy up for debate in Sacramento. A new bill, soon to be introduced by Assemblywoman Autumn Burke, D-Los Angeles, would “require

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Poll: 64% of Californians link drought to global warming

A strong majority of Californians say they support tougher limits on greenhouse gas emissions and more ambitious renewable energy goals to combat climate change, according to a statewide poll released late Wednesday. Meanwhile, nearly two-thirds of those surveyed said global

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Electric car sharing program rolls out in L.A.

As many as 7,000 low-income Los Angeles residents could eventually take part in a state-funded electric car sharing program that rolled out last week. State and city officials celebrated the soft launch of the endeavor — which aims to improve

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Electric cars most popular in CA

They’re still only a fraction of car sales. But all those Teslas and Leafs you see on the road are not an illusion. According to ChargePoint.com, of the top four cities in the country for electric cars, three are in California: The

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Electric vehicle sales survive low gas prices — so far

Call it the Tesla Effect. Good news — so far — for California’s successful electric-vehicle maker and others in the industry. At least through last November, the low gasoline prices of recent months have not crashed electric vehicle sales. Plug In

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Gov. Jerry Brown forcing electric car market in CA

Gov. Jerry Brown must be in the market for a Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf or Tesla electric car. There could be no other explanation for why he signed six bills this week to force a market for electric cars that

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Tesla just a tax-funded government project 12

May 26, 2013 By John Seiler I’ve seen a couple of Tesla cars tooling around Orange County. They’re neat, as we said in the 1960s. And they’re made in California. They also survived where other electric car companies, such as

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CARB chair plugs electric cars 9

April 17, 2013 By Joseph Perkins Mary Nichols was in Detroit this week for the Society of Automotive Engineers annual World Congress. The chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board told attendees that her agency wants to have better relations

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Another ‘Green’ Scandal Alert 7

Katy Grimes: ECOtality, a San Francisco green-tech company which had been on the verge of bankruptcy, “received roughly $115 million in two separate Energy Department grants to build 14,000 electric vehicle charging stations in 18 cities,” the Heritage Foundation reported today. “In its

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