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Cutbacks, Policy Shifts Pummel Morale at EPA Office in SF

Lynda Deschambault knew her career at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had taken a hard turn in July when, she said, her supervisor told her during a performance review to “be as invisible as possible.” The next month, she took early retirement. The request, she said, was jarring for a woman who had spent two […]

The SCAQMD Wants to Raise Your Taxes

In what appears to be the very definition of an out-of-control government agency, the staff of the South Coast Air Quality Management District has decided to pursue its own plan for raising the sales tax in four counties by a quarter-percent. The SCAQMD doesn’t have the authority to put tax-increase proposals on the ballot, but […]

Here are the 66 Programs Eliminated in Trump’s Budget

President Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget proposal would completely eliminate 66 federal programs, for a savings of $26.7 billion. Some of the programs would receive funding for 2018 as part of a phasing-out plan. Here are the programs the administration wants on the chopping block. Click here to read article at thehill.com.

State Utility Regulators Rebuff UC Bid to Join San Onofre Case

The University of California’s bid for a piece of millions of dollars in research funding has been dashed by state utility regulators, who took one week to deny its application to join the proceeding dividing costs of the failed San Onofre power plant. The California Public Utilities Commission said university officials followed the case for […]

Electricity Prices in California Rose Three Times More in 2017 than they did in the Rest of the United States

Between 2016 and 2017, California’s electricity prices rose three times more than they did in the rest of the United States, according to a new analysis by Environmental Progress. The increases came despite 2017 having had the highest output of hydroelectricity — the state’s cheapest source of electricity — since 2011. Electricity prices in the […]

Coal Production in NE Wyoming Tops 300M Tons Again

Coal production in northeast Wyoming’s Powder River Basin exceeded 300 million tons for the 17th time in the last 18 years in 2017. The region also saw its 7 billionth ton of coal mined during last year. The Gillette News Record reports that the milestone came in the second half of the year, which saw […]