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Car dealers continue to try to screw Tesla (and Tesla customers)

The California New Car Dealers Association has expanded its complaint against Tesla over the modern electric car pioneer’s use of customer referral programs. The California New Car Dealers Association has sent yet another letter to the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles explaining how cruel and unfair Tesla’s approach is. By James Ayre The new complaint specifically […]

September 18th

Drought-ravaged winter-run Chinook salmon hit rock bottom on the Sacramento River

Only 1,123 adult winter Chinook salmon, once one of the biggest salmon runs on the Sacramento River and its tributaries, returned to the Sacramento Valley in 2017, according to a report sent to the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). By Dan Bacher “This is the second lowest number of returning adult winter […]

September 15th

Why did the Fed Interior Dept misuse $84 million for California Delta Tunnels planning?

A federal audit has determined that the U.S. Department of Interior improperly used $84 million in federal taxpayer’s money in the planning process for Governor Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels project. By Dan Bacher Mary Kendall, the deputy federal inspector general for the U.S. Department of Interior, today issued a 42 page report detailing the misuse of the […]

September 8th

California Water Policy conference sponsored by… the usual corporate suspects

The Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) will holds its “Priorities for California’s Water” conference in Sacramento on Thursday, October 26, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Grand Hotel, 1230 J Street, Magnolia and Camellia rooms, Sacramento, CA. By Dan Bacher “This past year was a prime example of California’s highly variable climate—and a precursor of the […]

September 7th

Electric Vehicles: California backs down from $3 billion rebate plan. “More study” and $0 instead.

California, no question about it, is one of the world’s premier leaders in the transition to electric vehicles. Various California policies — not to mention startups — have been critical for stimulating more electric car production and more electric car consumer demand. A California bill was recently set to provide a further boost to electric vehicle adoption […]

September 7th

Big Oil defeats California bill to ban new offshore oil drilling

In spite of California’s “green” image, every bill except one opposed by the powerful oil industry has failed to make it out of the state legislature this year and during the 2015-2016 session. The latest victim of intense lobbying by Big Oil is Senate Bill 188, which would respond to President Donald Trump’s executive order opening the door to expanded offshore […]

September 6th

Jerry Brown goes to Russia – Climate change on the table Eastern Economic Forum

California Governor Jerry Brown will attend the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, a Pacific port city located in the far Southeast corner of Russia near the borders of China and North Korea, on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, local time. The purpose of his trip is to  “further expand California’s trans-Pacific collaboration to combat climate change,” according to a news […]

September 4th

Electric vehicles will push big changes in the grid (NY and Cali are adapting already)

With CEO Elon Musk forecasting could soon be selling 700,000 Model 3s a year, the streets may soon be flooded with electric vehicles. To put that in perspective, the popular BMW 3 Series only has an annual production rate of about 400,000 per year. However, having electric vehicles like Tesla’s Model 3 selling in these larger volumes could have some unintended side […]

September 2nd

Central Basin Water Board holds off on Delta Tunnels vote

On August 28, the Central Basin Water Agency board in Compton voted 5 to 2 to postpone a decision supporting the controversial Delta Tunnels plan, a joint public works project between the Governor Jerry Brown and President Donald Trump administration. By Dan Bacher  Brenna Norton, senior Southern California organizer for Food  & Water Watch, said, “Citing the many unknowns […]

August 29th

Cap-and-Trade: Big Oil lobbyist lauds outcome of carbon auction

If anybody had any illusions that the passage of Governor Jerry Brown’s cap-and-trade bill, AB 398, was good for the environment, one only has to read the statement issued by Catherine Reheis-Boyd, President of the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA), on August 23 praising the results of the state’s carbon auction. By Dan Bacher  “Today’s successful carbon auction […]

August 29th

California’s largest union opposes wasteful Delta Tunnels/ WaterFix

An open letter from the SEIU to the Metropolitan Water District Board of Directors Subject: Oppose California Water Fix/ Tunnels Dear Board of Directors: Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 721 urges you to oppose the proposal to build massive water tunnels in Northern California, known as the so-called California WaterFix. Our 97,000 members deliver public services in […]

August 25th

Cap and Trade: Jerry Brown signs his bill (and calls opponents political terrorists)

At Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay with the San Francisco skyline right behind him on July 25, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 398 by Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella), controversial legislation that extends California’s cap-and-trade program for another ten years until 2030. By Dan Bacher “California is leading the world in dealing with a principal existential threat that humanity faces,” […]

July 28th