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“The potential of air strikes on Yemen by Saudi Arabia, the biggest oil producer in OPEC, could throw world oil markets into volatility.” While Yemen contributes less than 0.2 percent of global oil output, its location puts it near the center of world energy trade. The nation shares a border with Saudi Arabia, the world’s… Keep reading →

Obama To Deliver Major Climate Change Speech

During his State of the State address, Governor Brown proposed a goal of 50 percent renewable energy on California’s electric grid by 2030. Since then, State Senators and Assembly Members have introduced bills to turn the goal into law. The bills are quite clear on the 50 percent goal, but scant on details, raising the… Keep reading →

Government Report Cites Solar Industry Supports More Jobs Than Coal Industry

Actually, California Got 7.4 Percent of Its Electricity from Solar in 2014   Federal energy number-crunchers reported on Tuesday that in 2014, California became the first state to generate 5 percent of its electricity from utility-scale solar power. A decade ago, in 2005, solar’s contribution in California was just 0.26 percent of generation, so ramping… Keep reading →

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California is in uncharted territory as their severe drought drags on and water reserves drop to their lowest points ever, with no relief in sight. Jay Famiglietti, a senior water scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory detailed the issues in a recent LA Times Op-Ed. “As our ‘wet’ season draws to a close, it… Keep reading →

Statewide Drought Forces Californians To Take Drastic Measures For Water Conversation

Farmers in California are facing another water crisis with the federal government confirming it won’t send any of its reservoir water to the Central Valley. “Many farmers had been bracing for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s announcement as California’s drought enters its fourth year. Some farms are exempt from complete cuts under California’s antiquated water… Keep reading →

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  There’s another Gold Rush in California – only now renewable energy is the precious commodity, and big corporations are the prospectors. Last week Apple struck solar and Google mined wind. Now Kaiser Permanente has discovered both. The giant health-care company announced a threefer on Wednesday: The purchase of 43 megawatts of wind power from… Keep reading →

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Is that massive Apple solar play that made news on Tuesday burnishing the tech titan’s green cred? It might be, but environmentalists aren’t thrilled about the whole thing. Not that they’ve got anything against Apple – or solar power, they say. Kim Delfino is California director of the group Defenders of Wildlife, an organization that has… Keep reading →

Stocks Continue Two Day Slide Downward After Federal Reserve Comments

U.S. stocks were down on Monday following concerns from investors about Greek debt negotiations and unsatisfactory Chinese economic data on top of uncertainty about U.S. interest rates. “After the market’s strong week last week, nine out of ten S&P sectors finished down Monday, with healthcare and utilities the worst performers. Only energy finished up slightly,… Keep reading →

Obama To Deliver Major Climate Change Speech

Governor Brown was sworn into office yesterday and gave his fourth inaugural address, which also doubled as his State of the State. Though he touched on a variety of other proposals, the Governor kept his laser focused on climate and energy issues. He proposed three ambitious goals to be accomplished within the next 15 years:

Increase from one-third to 50 percent our electricity derived from renewable sources
Reduce today’s petroleum use in cars and trucks by up to 50 percent
Double the efficiency of existing buildings and make heating fuels cleaner

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Numbers remain low   It may not come as a complete surprise, but the U.S. Energy Information Administration has confirmed that California leads the country in electric vehicle adoption. However, all-electric (EV) and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) vehicles still represent a small percentage of new vehicle sales. There were roughly 174,000 EVs and PHEVs on the… Keep reading →

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