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What We’re Watching – October 2

Tim Anaya – Memorable Moments that Dominate Presidential Debates Are Almost Always Unexpected This week on PRI’s Next Round podcast, we break down the first presidential debate.  Here’s a look at memorable moments from debates past. Rowena Itchon – Get to Know Judge Amy Coney Barrett Get to know Judge …

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Did California just admit its drive to decarbonize has a problem?

California was rushing toward what it thought was a fossil-fuel-free future when reality came rolling in like a solar eclipse, forcing officials to alter their plans a bit. On Sept. 1, the State Water Resources Control Board voted 4-0 to keep four natural gas power plants open beyond their planned …

Blackouts

Wildfires, Global Climate Change, And The Policy Environment

California is suffering from raging wildfires that, as of September 10th, have burned over 3.1 million acres, caused 12 fatalities, and destroyed over 3,900 structures. Residents are also enduring rolling electricity blackouts and unaffordable energy, yet California’s greenhouse gas emissions are now rising while the long-term national decline in emissions continues unabated. Connecting …

Blackouts

California is back in black due to going green

California was hit last month with rolling blackouts, for the first in nearly two decades. Gov. Gavin Newsom says he knows why. His answer is not politically popular. But it is correct. According to Politico, “the exact root” of the trouble “is still unclear as more power outages loom.” Unclear, that is, …

Blackouts

Why Did California ISO Turn Off the Power?

In the banner year that is 2020, Californians did not expect to add power outages to their list of forgettable experiences, but that is what many in the state experienced starting Friday, Aug. 14, as the California Independent System Operators ordered utilities to voluntarily cut power due to triple-digit temperatures …

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CalPERS, Corruption And Cronyism

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System, which has a history of making poor choices, plans to become a lending institution. A healthy pension fund wouldn’t be making such a risky decision. Still hurting from $100 billion in losses from the Great Recession, CalPERS was bruised again by the coronavirus pandemic. …

Blackouts

State Move Toward All-Electric Buildings Would Be Another Hit to California’s Working Class

At roughly the same time the state Air Resources Board issued a rule forcing trucks and vans to transition from diesel to electric motors, the state moved closer to a policy framework in which new buildings must be all-electric. The smiling environmental lobby feels no mercy toward the poor, who …

Blackouts

State Move Toward All-Electric Buildings Would Be Another Hit to California’s Working Class

At roughly the same time the state Air Resources Board issued a rule forcing trucks and vans to transition from diesel to electric motors, the state moved closer to a policy framework in which new buildings must be all-electric. The smiling environmental lobby feels no mercy toward the poor, who …

Climate Change

Pandemics, Pollution, and Poppycock

By Henry I. Miller, M.S, M.D. and Andrew I. Fillat With the world in the grip of the COVID-19 pandemic, most of the short-term focus is now on how to avoid surges of infections and get the economy functioning so people can go back to work. Hindsight is, of course, …

Climate Change

Read Bakersfield Californian Story on Legislating Energy Prosperity Study

Report says removing state energy mandates would save consumers money By John Cox A new study questions the wisdom of California energy policies aimed at fighting climate change, concluding that their economic toll has been steep despite achieving unimpressive greenhouse-gas reductions . . . The findings are likely to resonate …

Blog

What We’re Watching – October 2

Tim Anaya – Memorable Moments that Dominate Presidential Debates Are Almost Always Unexpected This week on PRI’s Next Round podcast, we break down the first presidential debate.  Here’s a look at memorable moments from debates past. Rowena Itchon – Get to Know Judge Amy Coney Barrett Get to know Judge …

Blackouts

Did California just admit its drive to decarbonize has a problem?

California was rushing toward what it thought was a fossil-fuel-free future when reality came rolling in like a solar eclipse, forcing officials to alter their plans a bit. On Sept. 1, the State Water Resources Control Board voted 4-0 to keep four natural gas power plants open beyond their planned …

Blackouts

Wildfires, Global Climate Change, And The Policy Environment

California is suffering from raging wildfires that, as of September 10th, have burned over 3.1 million acres, caused 12 fatalities, and destroyed over 3,900 structures. Residents are also enduring rolling electricity blackouts and unaffordable energy, yet California’s greenhouse gas emissions are now rising while the long-term national decline in emissions continues unabated. Connecting …

Blackouts

California is back in black due to going green

California was hit last month with rolling blackouts, for the first in nearly two decades. Gov. Gavin Newsom says he knows why. His answer is not politically popular. But it is correct. According to Politico, “the exact root” of the trouble “is still unclear as more power outages loom.” Unclear, that is, …

Blackouts

Why Did California ISO Turn Off the Power?

In the banner year that is 2020, Californians did not expect to add power outages to their list of forgettable experiences, but that is what many in the state experienced starting Friday, Aug. 14, as the California Independent System Operators ordered utilities to voluntarily cut power due to triple-digit temperatures …

California

CalPERS, Corruption And Cronyism

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System, which has a history of making poor choices, plans to become a lending institution. A healthy pension fund wouldn’t be making such a risky decision. Still hurting from $100 billion in losses from the Great Recession, CalPERS was bruised again by the coronavirus pandemic. …

Blackouts

State Move Toward All-Electric Buildings Would Be Another Hit to California’s Working Class

At roughly the same time the state Air Resources Board issued a rule forcing trucks and vans to transition from diesel to electric motors, the state moved closer to a policy framework in which new buildings must be all-electric. The smiling environmental lobby feels no mercy toward the poor, who …

Blackouts

State Move Toward All-Electric Buildings Would Be Another Hit to California’s Working Class

At roughly the same time the state Air Resources Board issued a rule forcing trucks and vans to transition from diesel to electric motors, the state moved closer to a policy framework in which new buildings must be all-electric. The smiling environmental lobby feels no mercy toward the poor, who …

Climate Change

Pandemics, Pollution, and Poppycock

By Henry I. Miller, M.S, M.D. and Andrew I. Fillat With the world in the grip of the COVID-19 pandemic, most of the short-term focus is now on how to avoid surges of infections and get the economy functioning so people can go back to work. Hindsight is, of course, …

Climate Change

Read Bakersfield Californian Story on Legislating Energy Prosperity Study

Report says removing state energy mandates would save consumers money By John Cox A new study questions the wisdom of California energy policies aimed at fighting climate change, concluding that their economic toll has been steep despite achieving unimpressive greenhouse-gas reductions . . . The findings are likely to resonate …

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