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Trump administration says it will approve largest U.S. solar farm

By Sammy Roth | The Los Angeles Link to article The Bureau of Land Management published the final environmental analysis for another large Riverside County solar project, Desert Quartzite, in September, but has not yet issued an official “record of decision.” Link to article

Your clean cars questions, explained

By Maxine Joselow | Green Wire / E&E News Link to article You’ve probably heard the term “clean car rules.” But do you know what it actually means? Here are answers to some common questions about the climate rules for automobiles. Where did the rules originate? Former President Obama can reasonably claim credit for the […]

A Coal Baron Funded Climate Denial as His Company Spiraled Into Bankruptcy

By Lisa Friedman | New York Timess Link to article WASHINGTON — As his coal mining company hurtled into bankruptcy, Robert E. Murray, the former chief executive, paid himself $14 million, handed his successor a $4 million bonus and earmarked nearly $1 million for casting doubt on man-made climate change, new court filings show. The […]

California faces a crossroads on the path to 100% clean energy

By Sammy Roth | Los Angeles Times Link to article Bill Brand spent two decades fighting to get the waterfront power plant in Redondo Beach torn down and replaced with a public park. Until recently, he was sure he had won. Regulators had set a deadline of Dec. 31, 2020, for owner AES Corp. to […]

How California can wake from the wildfire-blackout nightmare

By Nat Kreamer and Mark Ferron | CalMatters Link to article The wildfires and blackouts that have blighted our state are causing many Californians to question utility motivations, the effectiveness of regulators to protect citizens’ interests, and, ironically, the clean energy and grid investments that mitigate wildfire risk and improve electricity system reliability. To break […]

Los Angeles wants to build a hydrogen-fueled power plant. It’s never been done before

By Sammy Roth | Los Angeles Times Link to article As Los Angeles weans itself off the last of its coal-generated electricity, the city needs to replace that fuel with a climate-polluting natural gas plant in Utah, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power staff insisted Tuesday. But they also pledged the facility would eventually […]

Commentary: This is not the time to panic and abandon California’s energy goals

By Dan Jacobson | The San Diego Union-Tribune Link to article We can install Community Resiliency Centers that rely on renewable power now, to beef up the grid, make our state safer from fire and help us when we need it most. State lawmakers have introduced legislation intended to help prevent wildfires and peremptory power […]

Commentary: This is not the time to panic and abandon California’s energy goals

By Dan Jacobson | The San Diego Union-Tribune Link to article We can install Community Resiliency Centers that rely on renewable power now, to beef up the grid, make our state safer from fire and help us when we need it most. State lawmakers have introduced legislation intended to help prevent wildfires and peremptory power […]

The Trump administration just snuck through its most devious coal subsidy yet

By David Roberts | Vox Link to article How a new FERC order will help old, polluting power plants stay alive On the campaign trail, Donald Trump repeatedly promised to save American coal, and when he first came into office, he made several rather theatrical attempts to do so. He had the Department of Energy […]