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February

2018

California’s Pollution Cops Crack Down on Big Rigs. That Might Start a Fight with Trump

California is already wrestling the Trump administration over the levels of air pollution spewed by cars. Now the state is set to tangle with the White House over pollution from big rigs. The state’s powerful air pollution agency, the California Air Resources Board, voted earlier this month to impose a broad set of regulations to […]
26

February

2018

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 […]
17

February

2018

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 […]
17

February

2018

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.
14

February

2018

The South Coast AQMD is Proposing a Quarter-cent Tax Aimed at Curbing Pollution

Staffers with Southern California’s air quality agency are proposing a ballot measure that would impose a quarter-cent tax to help cut diesel emissions throughout the region. The proposal, which would begin with a survey of residents, isn’t without critics. They argue that staffers are trying to sidestep the governing board at the South Coast Air […]
14

February

2018

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 […]
09

February

2018

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 […]
20

January

2018

More Water. More Power. More Dams Now!

Man’s transition from ancient hunter gatherer societies to the world’s first great civilizations was made possible in no small part due to the construction of elaborate systems of aqueducts. These provided a means of conveying water for ancient Babylon, Greece, Rome and others, enabling settled farming communities and secure food supplies. In fact, the Hanging […]
19

January

2018

Goldstein Investigation: $10 Million LAPD Electric BMWs Appear Unused or Misused

The Los Angeles Police Department made a big deal about going green with a fleet of electric BMWs. But our David Goldstein has discovered some of those cars are sitting in the garage. Here is a full script of Goldstein’s investigation: “This is part of a million-dollar pilot program. You’re really supposed to get a […]
19

January

2018

Plans for New Dams, Reservoirs in California Hit Big Hurdle

Signaling trouble for nearly a dozen landmark water storage projects to help California cope with its next drought, state water officials on Thursday announced none of the proposals — including raising Contra Costa County’s Los Vaqueros Dam and building a new Santa Clara County dam near Pacheco Pass — provide the public benefits that their supporters […]
16

January

2018

California’s Proposed Car Ban is the Perfect Mix of Hubris and Silliness

SACRAMENTO — It’s about time that members of Congress and the California Legislature got really serious about combating the nation’s pollution problem. Just as Jonathan Swift had a “modest proposal” to keep poor Irish children from being a burden to their families and their country (by selling them to wealthy English people as food), I, […]
02

January

2018

Farms to Spend $14.9 Million to Report Manure Emissions

U.S. farms will spend an estimated $14.9 million a year to report their livestock are giving off gas, a new federal requirement won by environmentalists. U.S. farmers will spend an estimated $14.9 million a year reporting to federal emergency managers that livestock are releasing gas, the Environmental Protection Agency disclosed Monday. Click here to read […]
18

December

2017

Hundreds of EPA Employees Have Quit Under Trump

Over 700 employees at the Environmental Protection Agency have quit or taken early retirement during the Trump administration so far, bringing the agency close to employment levels not seen since Reagan. ThinkProgress, whose senior editor is scared of his plumber who he fears may have voted for Trump, is warning that the exodus will lead […]
15

December

2017

Gov. Brown Met with Edison Over San Onofre Costs, Weeks Before Warsaw Pact

As the failed San Onofre nuclear plant north of Oceanside drained resources from the utility company that owns it, Edison International CEO Ted Craver was hoping for speedy relief from the California Public Utilities Commission. Much was at stake in the outcome for the twin domes along Interstate 5, which closed in January 2012 amid […]
14

December

2017

Taxes on Meat Could Join Carbon and Sugar to Help Limit Emissions

Some investors are betting governments around the world will find a way to start taxing meat production as they aim to improve public health and hit emissions targets set in the Paris Climate Agreement. Socially focused investors are starting to push companies to diversify into plant protein, or even suggest livestock producers use a “shadow […]
13

December

2017

Southern Employment Growth Passes West as Fastest in U.S.

The nation’s shrinking pool of available workers is shifting the economic balance of power in the U.S., with the South surpassing the West as the region boasting the fastest job growth. During the three months ending in October, employment in the South was up 1.8% from the same period last year, compared with 1.7% in the West, according to […]
12

December

2017

Survey: South Australians Fed Up with Unreliable Expensive Green Power

South Australians, the world’s renewable crash test dummies, have just overwhelmingly rated affordability and reliability of supply as more important than tackling climate change in an online survey – but they still want their green energy revolution. This survey is fascinating for a number of reasons. People under 25 are the strongest supporters of renewable […]
12

December

2017

ANWR: What’s at Stake?

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) evokes stirring, iconic imagery in our minds: polar bears, glaciers, foraging herds of caribou on wind-swept plains. The prospect of oil and gas companies entering the region’s landscape leaves many people unsettled and, as one would foresee, proposals to open a portion of ANWR for energy exploration have faced […]
09

December

2017

PG&E Customers Face Higher Monthly Bills During Early 2018

PG&E customers can expect to ring in the New Year with a 2.8 percent hike in their monthly bills during the first two months of 2018, the utility giant proposed in a regulatory filing on Friday. In the rate filing, PG&E asked that the state Public Utilities Commission defer an annual recalculation of monthly bills […]
07

December

2017

California Bill in the Works to Banish Gasoline Cars by 2040

A California lawmaker wants to put the state alongside China, France and the U.K.and have its legislature consider a ban on vehicles powered by fossil fuels.  California Assemblymember Phil Ting, a Democrat who is chairman of the chamber’s budget committee, said he plans to introduce a bill that, starting in 2040, would allow the state’s motor […]
07

December

2017

Tesla Truck ‘Will Require Power of 4,000 Homes to Recharge’

Maybe they could put some solar panels on its roof and only recharge in daylight and/or when it’s windy. Tesla’s recently unveiled electric truck will require the equivalent power used by up to 4,000 homes to recharge, says Energy Live News. That’s according to new analysis by an energy consultancy, which calculated it based on […]
29

November

2017

Chinese Investors Sue McAuliffe, Rodham Over Green-Car Investments

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe and former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s brother Anthony Rodham are facing a $17 million fraud lawsuit from Chinese investors in Greentech Automotive, an electric car company that appears to be struggling to survive. A group of 32 Chinese citizens filed the suit last week in Fairfax County, Virginia court, claiming […]
28

November

2017

The Big Slide in Renewable Energy Tells the Real Story

No, renewables are not taking over the world anytime soon. Guest essay by Bjørn Lomborg We have spent the last two centuries getting off renewables because they were mostly weak, costly and unreliable. Half a century ago, in 1966, the world got 15.6% of its energy from renewables. Today (2016) we still get less of our […]
28

November

2017

China’s First All-Electric Zero-Emissions Cargo Ship is Going to be Used to Transport Coal

China, already the world’s biggest electric-vehicle market, is now using battery power to fuel cargo shipping as well. A Chinese company has built a 2,000 metric-ton (2,204 tons) all-electric cargo ship, which was launched from the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou in mid-November, according to state-run newspaper People’s Daily. The 70-meter long (229 feet) and […]
27

November

2017

Pops Rants: Tesla’s Uber-Fast Roadster is Proof that Elon Musk is Desperate

Boy, these past two weeks have been all about high-speed and high-power action. I barely had time to get over Koenigsegg’s new world speed record and Chevrolet launched its monstrous Corvette ZR1 yet. Now, with the weekend upon us, Tesla took the wraps off its new semi truck and the second-generation Roadster. Neither are ready […]
24

November

2017

L.A. is Creating Traffic Jams to Push Commuters to Ride Bikes and Rail

In July of 2017, Los Angeles imposed a “road diet” in the quiet beach community of Playa del Rey, replacing car lanes with bike lanes and parking spaces. The roads were suddenly jammed with traffic. The community was livid. “Most of Playa Del Rey didn’t know this was happening,” says John Russo, a local resident […]
24

November

2017

Did Federal Agency Commit Climate Fraud? Sure Looks Like It

Junk Science: Worried about climate fraud, Congress is investigating a federal agency for allegedly manipulating weather data to show recent global warming when there is none. So why is the agency refusing to cooperate? First, a little background: Satellite temperature readings clearly show no warming trend for the last 18 years, 8 months and counting. […]
21

November

2017

See the Design for the California Air Resources Board Headquarters in Riverside

A design has been picked for the California Air Resources Board headquarters to be built in Riverside. Officials unveiled a rendering of the design last week. The roughly 400,000-square-foot facility will be built on 19 acres of vacant land owned by UC Riverside on Iowa Avenue, between Martin Luther King Boulevard and University Avenue. Click […]
20

November

2017

Does your gas and electricity cost too much? You can thank the liberals for that

Every year, Americans spend about $750 billion dollars for gasoline and electricity—about 4 percent of the economy—with roughly equal amounts spent to fuel vehicles vs. keeping the lights on and running our factories. Where you live significantly affects how much you pay for these basic energy commodities. Excepting Alaska and Hawaii due to their unique […]
17

November

2017

Germany’s Green Energy Meltdown

American climate-change activists point to Europe, and especially Germany, as the paragon of green energy virtue. But they ought to look closer at Angela Merkel’s political struggles as she tries to form a new government in Berlin amid the economic fallout from the Chancellor’s failing energy revolution. Berlin last month conceded it will miss its […]
15

November

2017

California should link carbon market with Europe, Jerry Brown says

Gov. Jerry Brown, speaking at a joint conference of the European Parliament on Tuesday, urged leaders here to explore linking their cap-and-trade system with California. The Democratic governor and leader of the world’s sixth-largest economy pitched the prospect of a formalized California-Europe pact as a “concrete investment” that could compel more states and international provinces […]
13

November

2017

California voters don’t like gas tax hike. How will that play in 2018 elections?

California’s top politicians and interest groups celebrated a few months ago when the Legislature passed a package of taxes and fees to pay for long-neglected improvements to the state’s transportation systems. The heart of the $5 billion-plus per year revenue package is a 12-cent-a-gallon hike in gasoline taxes that took effect this month, just as […]
08

November

2017

World needs ‘brain washing’ on climate change, Jerry Brown says at Vatican

VATICAN CITY – Gov. Jerry Brown challenged the world’s religious leaders to further engage as he minimized the negative effects of President Donald Trump on meeting the climate-change challenge. “The Trump factor is very small, very small indeed,” in comparison to the commitments taking place around the world, Brown said to a burst of applause […]
08

November

2017

The UN Admits That The Paris Climate Deal Was A Fraud

Global Hot Air: Here’s a United Nations climate report that environmentalists probably don’t want anybody to read. It says that even if every country abides by the grand promises they made last year in Paris to reduce greenhouse gases, the planet would still be “doomed.” When President Obama hitched America to the Paris accords in […]
08

November

2017

Tesla stock takes a hit as GOP unveils tax plan that eliminates electric car subsidy

The shift toward electric vehicles took a big hit Thursday when Republicans officially proposed wiping out the $7,500 federal tax credit for buyers of electric cars as part of a sweeping tax overhaul. Tesla would be the hardest-hit company should the plan pass Congress and be signed into law by President Trump. Although Chief Executive […]
08

November

2017

Pruitt guts EPA science panels, will appoint new members

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday he intends to replace the outside experts that advise him on science and public health issues with new board members holding more diverse views. In announcing the changes, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt suggested many previously appointed to the panels were potentially biased because they had received […]
08

November

2017

Walters: Next California governor will face growing poverty problem

Gov. Jerry Brown persistently cautions Californians that their pulsating economy cannot last forever. When, for example, he unveiled a revised state budget last May, he included what has become boilerplate, warning that “by the time the budget is enacted in June, the economy will have finished its eighth year of expansion – only two years […]
08

November

2017

EPA chief: I’d ‘do away with’ wind, solar tax credits

nvironmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said on Monday that the federal tax credits for the wind and solar power industries should be eliminated. Pruitt told a crowd at a Kentucky Farm Bureau event that the credits stand in the way of utility companies making the best decisions about power generation. Read more here at The Hill
18

September

2017

Al Gores home devours 34 times more electricity than the average U.S. household

On Friday, Al Gore’s sequel to “An Inconvenient Truth” – “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” – arrives in movie theaters across the country. But there’s another inconvenient sequel worth noting and, like most sequels, this one is even worse than the original. Gore’s hypocritical home energy use and “do as I say not as […]
18

September

2017

Should California spend $3 billion to help people buy electric cars?

Over seven years, the state of California has spent $449 million on consumer rebates to boost sales of zero-emission vehicles. So far, the subsidies haven’t moved the needle much. In 2016, of the just over 2 million cars sold in the state, only 75,000 were pure-electric and plug-in hybrid cars. To date, out of 26 […]
18

September

2017

Fast-growing green energy ‘scam’ puts taxpayers and homeowners at risk

Environmentalists are always coming up with creative ways to sell their radical and costly agenda. Ranging from renewable portfolio standards to direct subsidies of solar installations and even state-level cap-and-trade programs, the laundry list of “solutions” to our “global climate crisis” always seems to rely on the heavy hand of government, whether it’s through higher […]
18

September

2017

SDG&E to offer $1,000 electric car rebates for teachers, first responders

San Diego Gas & Electric will grant $1,000 rebates to teachers and first-responders who buy electric vehicles, the utility announced Wednesday. Under the initiative, called “Champions for Clean Air,” SDG&E will provide rebates at the point of sale for new electric vehicles (EVs) purchased or leased by K-12 teachers, members of police and fire departments, and sheriff’s deputies, […]
23

April

2017

50 programs scrapped at EPA

President Trump proposes a $54 billion increase in military spending, offset by slashing domestic programs. The Environmental Protection Agency would take the biggest hit, a 31 percent cut that would eliminate a quarter of the staff and save $2.6 billion, returning the agency’s budget to 1970s-era levels. Congress dictates spending, however, and some cuts face […]
20

April

2017

Jerry Brown announces trip to China, the world’s ‘great hope’ on climate change

Gov. Jerry Brown jabbed repeatedly at President Donald Trump’s skepticism of climate change on Thursday, contending that China has stepped into the role of the world’s “great hope.” Brown, at a conference on carbon reduction, also announced he would be traveling to China in June to promote environmental protection. “It’s very paradoxical that we have […]
19

April

2017

Barbara Boxer will lobby for an environmentally controversial desalination plant in Huntington Beach

Boston-based water development company is paying former Sen. Barbara Boxer to push for approval of a proposed seawater desalination plant that has been mired for years in environmental controversy. Boxer, a Democrat, will lobby the California Coastal Commission on behalf of Poseidon Water’s private project, which would sell drinking water supplies to Orange County agencies. […]
16

February

2017

Trump signs bill undoing Obama coal mining rule

President Trump on Thursday signed legislation ending a key Obama administration coal mining rule.  The bill quashes the Office of Surface Mining’s Stream Protection Rule, a regulation to protect waterways from coal mining waste that officials finalized in December. The legislation is the second Trump has signed into law ending an Obama-era environmental regulation. On Tuesday, he signed […]
04

February

2017

Dakota Access Pipeline protesters evicted over pollution concerns

A few days after his inauguration, President Donald Trump signed executive orders moving the approval process for the Keystone and Dakota Access pipelines forward. A week later, the then acting secretary of the Army instructed federal officials to issue the easement necessary to build a controversial segment of the Dakota Access pipeline. Now, the Corps […]
02

February

2017

Truckers Sue CA Again, Claiming Air Filter Puts Public Safety at Risk

On February 9, 2016, Kieth Daniels could only watch as his beloved 2009 Peterbilt truck burned. “I timed it. Eight minutes, that truck was burned to the frame. It took over,” Daniels told NBC Bay Area. The veteran trucker estimates he’s driven more than 5 million miles over the course of his 39-year career. But […]
16

November

2016

The largest oil deposit ever found in America was just discovered in Texas

The US Geological Survey said Tuesday that it assessed what could be the largest deposit of untapped oil ever discovered in America. An estimated average of 20 billion barrels of oil and 1.6 billion barrels of natural gas liquids are available for the taking in the Wolfcamp shale, which is in the Midland Basin portion of […]
14

November

2016

Trump’s plan to bring back coal country places EPA in crosshairs

President-elect Trump’s plan to bring back the coal industry will likely start by scrapping the Environmental Protection Agency’s climate change agenda, according to a newly appointed member of his transition team. The agency would be dialed back to focus strictly on “genuine pollutants” that pose immediate harm to public health, and not carbon pollution blamed […]
13

November

2016

Will California’s Outlier Status Accelerate Exodus?

After recovering from the shock of the presidential race, California pundits began absorbing what all this actually means. There is broad agreement that the rightward movement by the rest of America has only increased the political divide between the nation as a whole and California. This divide has widened so significantly that Governor Brown joked […]