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Jerry Brown signed $1 billion in wildfire prevention—and none of it applies to the fires this year

By Laurel Rosenhall and Judy Lin | CALmatters Link to article Protecting California from devastating wildfires was the Legislature’s biggest focus in this year’s session. Recognizing the urgency, lawmakers formed a special wildfire committee, heard from numerous experts, and, after several emotional debates, passed a $1 billion new law they said would “prevent catastrophic wildfires […]

California passes 100% clean energy bill, but punts on several plans for getting there

By Sammy Roth | Palm Springs Desert Sun Link to article California lawmakers passed a bill last week requiring the state to get 100 percent of its electricity from climate-friendly sources like solar and wind. But they didn’t vote on several proposals designed to help California achieve that goal, including a plan backed by Gov. […]

OPINIONATED: Go Back to Aliso Canyon Deal Drawing Board

28 AUG 2018 By V. John White Three years ago, Aliso Canyon was home to the largest methane leak in U.S. history, resulting in dozens of hospitalizations, the release of more than 100,000 tons of potent GHG emissions, and the evacuation of more than 10,000 families. Earlier this month, the state attorney general and California Air Resources […]

How California can regionalize its energy system without handing Trump the grid

By V. John White | Special to The Sacramento Bee Link to article As lawmakers return from their summer recess, one of the most heated debates will center around a bill to restructure an important part of the state’s electricity industry. Assembly Bill 813 by Assemblyman Chris Holden, D-Pasadena, would open the door to expanding […]

California’s Energy Diet Is Working

The state’s efforts to curb emissions are far ahead of schedule, with transportation innovations poised to keep leading the way. By Nathaniel Bullard | Bloomberg Opinion Link to article In 2006, California set itself an ambitious environmental goal: Reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. The Air Resources Board recently published its assessment […]

Link California’s clean energy to the rest of the west? Sounds great, but it’s risky

By The Times Editorial Board | The Los Angeles Times Link to article The state of California is considering forming a regional electrical grid to jointly manage power transmission in multiple western states, and the potential benefits are enormous: It would provide a gigantic new market for California utilities to sell the overabundance of solar […]

A Prophet of Doom Was Right About the Climate

By Justin Gillis | The New York Times Link to article The night before the day that would make him famous, James E. Hansen listened to a baseball game on the radio. But his mind kept wandering: What would he say to Congress the next day to convey that humans were endangering the planet? He […]

The Natural Gas Industry Has a Leak Problem

By John Schwartz and Brad Plumer | The New York Times Link to article The American oil and gas industry is leaking more methane than the government thinks — much more, a new study says. Since methane is a powerful greenhouse gas, that is bad news for climate change. The new study, published Thursday in […]

2018 Climate Denier Hall of Shame

I have had the pleasure of working with a group who cares very much about our country, called the Cowboys for Liberty. It is a group of volunteers from all over the country, with a high concentration in Texas, that wanted to do more to save the world. We are rolling out our first project: […]