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Self-driving cars: California is already prepping its roads

California’s state highway management system is now one of the first systems anywhere in the world to be actively changing its operations to better suit self-driving cars. By James Ayre  Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty, in an interview with KPCC Southern California Public Radio, explains: “The automated vehicles (AVs) can follow lane lines. They can’t follow the Botts’ Dots, […]

July 26th

Cap and Trade: “Yes, this deal sucks, but we need to pass something. Anything.”

How well-meaning environmental groups wanted a climate-action pony so badly that they bought in to a crappy cap and trade deal that only an oil company executive could love… and boy, do they love it. By RL Miller  Chair, California Democratic Party’s environmental caucus Founder, Climate Hawks Vote A horror story in three unnatural acts […]

July 23rd

California’s cap-and-trade gets mixed review from Citizens Climate Lobby

On Monday, the California legislature passed a bill to extend its cap-and-trade program until 2030. The program “requires companies to buy permits to release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere,” reported the LA Times, and “provid[es] a key tool for meeting the state’s ambitious goal for slashing emissions.” By Citizens’ Climate Lobby But the legislation, known as […]

July 18th

California’s Chevron-written cap-and-trade bill passes

More than 50 environmental justice and consumer organizations are outraged by the California Legislature’s passage last night of Big Oil’s cap-and-trade bill, Assembly Bill 398,  while Governor Jerry Brown, legislators and the Western States Petroleum Association are celebrating at the State Capitol. By Dan Bacher  Governor Brown, Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and […]

July 18th

Cap-and-Trade: 50 environmental groups oppose California’s Chevron-written bill AB 398

A broad and deep coalition of climate and environmental justice groups announce their opposition to AB 398, the cap-and-trade bill that began with a Western States Petroleum wish list. By RL Miller Climate Hawks Vote “The Cap & Trade extension was written by the oil industry, is even worse than the current failed program, includes […]

July 18th

Jerry Brown’s cap-and-trade bill passes Senate Environmental Quality Committee

Assembly Bill 398, Governor Jerry Brown’s legislation extending California’s controversial cap-and-trade program, passed the Senate Environmental Quality Committee by a five- to-two party line vote today. It will head to the Senate floor on Monday, July 17. By Dan Bacher The bill is opposed by many environmental justice, consumer and conservation groups, although supported by some “Big Green” NGOs, including the Natural Resources Defense […]

July 13th

Delta Stewardship Council ignores public, sides with Big Ag over Delta Tunnels

In spite of massive opposition by fishermen, family farmers, environmentalists and Delta residents who packed a room in the Holiday Inn in Sacramento today, the Delta Stewardship Council endorsed controversial conveyance and storage amendments to the Delta Plan that that project opponents say will hasten the approval of Jerry Brown’s water-stealing WaterFix this September. By Dan Bacher Only one […]

June 22nd