Category Archives: Energy Use

Carbon Dioxide Level Passes Long-Feared Milestone

Atmospheric reading at Hawaii’s Mauna Loa tops what some say is a crisis point. Source of this article: The New York Times, May 10, 2014 The level of the most important heat-trapping gas in the atmosphere, carbon dioxide, has passed … Continue reading

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State Parks Get New Chief

Former Maj. Gen. Anthony L. Jackson will take over as director of the state Parks and Recreation Department, which was rocked by a financial scandal last summer. Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, March 3, 2012 Gov. Jerry … Continue reading

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Thousand Oaks’ second solar installation up and running

The area’s recent hot spell may be sending residents running for shade, but the sunny skies are also fueling the city’s newest solar panel installation. Source of this article: The Thousand Oaks Acorn, September 6, 2012 Completed in June atop … Continue reading

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‘Fracking’ oil extraction method widely used in California with little oversight

Regulators and lawmakers know very little about how and where oil companies employ hydraulic fracturing in the state. Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, March 15, 2012 Energy companies across California are injecting a mysterious mix of chemicals … Continue reading

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Saving desert tortoises is a costly hurdle for solar projects

BrightSource Energy has spent $56 million so far to protect the threatened creatures, but calamities have befallen the effort. Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, March 4, 2012 Stubborn does not come close to describing the desert tortoise, … Continue reading

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THE SOLAR DESERT: The power compromise

Environmentalists are torn over the high cost to sensitive desert ecosystems of breaking the United States’ reliance on fossil fuels. Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, February 3, 2012 IVANPAH VALLEY, CALIF. — Construction cranes rise like storks … Continue reading

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Natural gas: Cheap, clean and risky

Natural gas has a key role in our energy future, but it must be handled with care. Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, January 3, 2012 (Op-Ed) By Hal Harvey Political leaders from both parties argue that natural … Continue reading

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Landowners left out of the loop on ‘fracking’ risks

Natural gas companies that use hydraulic fracturing disclose the risks, such as leaks, spills and explosions, to shareholders, but property owners aren’t privy, according to a report by the Environmental Working Group. Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, … Continue reading

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The energy, and expense, of bringing water to the Southland

The twin forces of power costs and climate-change regulations are threatening Southern California’s long love affair with imported water, forcing the region to consider more mundane sources closer to home. Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, November 14, … Continue reading

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Park official says science on Grand Canyon was ignored

Source of this article – Los Angeles Times, January 28, 2009 from the Washington Post Washington — Interior Department officials ignored key scientific findings when they limited water flows in the Grand Canyon to optimize generation of electric power there, … Continue reading

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