California’s Newsom Signs Historic Wave Energy Bill
In The States
California’s Newsom Signs Historic Wave Energy Bill
2023-10-16 20:02:44
by Dan McCue

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill into law last week directing the California Energy Commission to evaluate the feasibility, costs and benefits of using wave energy and tidal energy in the state. Introduced by Democratic state Sen.... Read More

California Sues Oil and Gas Giants Over Climate Change Claims
Litigation
California Sues Oil and Gas Giants Over Climate Change Claims
2023-09-18 15:35:21
by Dan McCue

OAKLAND, Calif. — California is suing five of the largest oil and gas companies in the world for allegedly engaging in a decadeslong campaign of deception related to climate change and doing nothing as the state endured the growing problems... Read More

Battling Over Farm Bill Starts Even Before Congress Returns to DC
Agriculture
Battling Over Farm Bill Starts Even Before Congress Returns to DC
2023-08-30 19:19:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Congress won’t return to Washington until Sept. 12, but already the battle lines are being drawn over proposed additions to the upcoming farm bill. As a result, those drafting the massive agriculture and nutrition spending package have already... Read More

California Launches $20M Campaign to Deal With Extreme Heat
Climate
California Launches $20M Campaign to Deal With Extreme Heat
2023-07-11 17:40:47
by Dan McCue

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — With his state already broiling after days of intense heat, and with more in the forecast, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday launched what he called the nation’s first statewide multi-ethnic awareness and education campaign to keep Californians... Read More

Newsom Calls for $5B Bond Vote to Revamp California Mental Health Care
In The States
Newsom Calls for $5B Bond Vote to Revamp California Mental Health Care
2023-06-21 18:39:18
by Dan McCue

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday threw his support behind two bills currently in the state Legislature that would increase the number of treatment beds available to homeless people with mental illness and substance abuse issues and... Read More

Feds Advance Battery Storage Project in California Desert
In The States
Feds Advance Battery Storage Project in California Desert
2023-06-05 14:32:01
by Dan McCue

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — Federal regulators gave the green light last week to construction of a large-scale battery storage project intended to boost renewable energy capacity in California and increase the reliability of the state power grid. The Sunlight Storage... Read More

Justices Uphold California Ban on Sale of Pork From Confined Sows
Supreme Court
Justices Uphold California Ban on Sale of Pork From Confined Sows
2023-05-11 16:31:43
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a California ballot initiative that barred the sale of pork produced in other states unless the sow was housed in humane conditions allowing for free movement. The decision of the court was... Read More

California Moves to Phase Out Gas-Powered Trucks by 2036
Transportation
California Moves to Phase Out Gas-Powered Trucks by 2036
2023-05-01 19:05:28
by Dan McCue

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Large commercial trucking firms and bus operators must start transitioning to an electric fleet next year and be fully fossil-fuel free by 2036 if they want to keep operating in California, the state’s Air Resources Board said... Read More

Potential Water Supply Reductions Proposed for Western States
Environment
Potential Water Supply Reductions Proposed for Western States
2023-04-11 20:10:50
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Tuesday proposed cutting water allotments from the Colorado River in a potentially precedent-setting bid to save the waterway by dramatically reducing the water Arizona, California and Nevada draw from it. Along with the Rio... Read More

Calif. Court Says Uber, Lyft, Can Still Treat Drivers as Contractors
In The States
Calif. Court Says Uber, Lyft, Can Still Treat Drivers as Contractors
2023-03-14 19:24:15
by Dan McCue

SAN FRANCISCO — Uber, Lyft and other companies with ride-sharing apps can continue to treat their drivers as independent contractors, a California appeals court ruled Monday, overturning a lower court decision. At issue was California’s Proposition 22, which state voters... Read More

Schiff Enters Field Competing for Feinstein Senate Seat
Political News
Schiff Enters Field Competing for Feinstein Senate Seat
2023-01-26 23:03:08
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., confirmed one of California politics’ most poorly kept secrets, announcing Thursday that he is running in 2024 for Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s Senate seat. Schiff is the second candidate to formally enter what is... Read More

President Heads to Northern California to Survey Storm Damage
In The News
President Heads to Northern California to Survey Storm Damage
2023-01-19 17:47:23
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is traveling to Northern California today to view the damage left by a series of “atmospheric rivers” that have battered the state’s coast for the past nine weeks. Biden left the White House aboard Marine... Read More

Auction  of California Offshore Wind Leases Draws $757M in Winning Bids
Renewable Energy
Auction of California Offshore Wind Leases Draws $757M in Winning Bids
2022-12-12 17:45:16
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — California’s first auction of offshore wind development rights received more than $757 million in winning bids, the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced. In all, roughly 373,268 acres were earmarked for wind farm development, with the sites... Read More

2022 Election Features Few Climate Initiatives, but Those on the Ballot Are Big
2022 Elections
2022 Election Features Few Climate Initiatives, but Those on the Ballot Are Big
2022-11-07 19:52:03
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — In most recent years, a slew of climate, energy and environmental initiatives have appeared on state ballots across the nation. This year, perhaps as a result of the Biden administration’s all-out push to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to... Read More

Rio Tinto Partners With Canada to Decarbonize Plant, Boost Critical Minerals Processing
Climate
Rio Tinto Partners With Canada to Decarbonize Plant, Boost Critical Minerals Processing
2022-10-17 18:04:41
by Dan McCue

MONTREAL — Rio Tinto is partnering with the Canadian government to invest up to $537 million over the next eight years to decarbonize its operations in Sorel-Tracy, Québec, and to position the business as a center of excellence for critical... Read More

Newsom Signs California Community Solar Act Into Law
In The States
Newsom Signs California Community Solar Act Into Law
2022-09-26 21:41:17
by Dan McCue

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Gov. Gavin Newsom last week signed into a law a new program intended to help low-income communities reap the benefits of solar power. It has been estimated that nearly half of Californians who rent or have... Read More

California Sues Amazon for ‘Taking Vengeance’ on Small Businesses
In The States
California Sues Amazon for 'Taking Vengeance' on Small Businesses
2022-09-14 21:30:47
by Madeline Hughes

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The state of California is suing Amazon alleging antitrust violations of how the “dominant online retail store in the United States” takes vengeance on small businesses who attempt to put their products on other websites for cheaper... Read More

California Bans the Sale of New Gasoline Cars After 2035
In The States
California Bans the Sale of New Gasoline Cars After 2035
2022-08-26 17:14:10
by Dan McCue

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Air Resources Board approved a sweeping measure on Thursday that prohibits the sale of new internal combustion vehicles in the state by 2035, a vote that some believe could dramatically accelerate the nation’s transition toward... Read More

Wildfires Have Destroyed Almost All of California’s Forest Carbon Offsets, Study Says
Wildfires
Wildfires Have Destroyed Almost All of California’s Forest Carbon Offsets, Study Says
2022-08-08 17:49:35
by Dan McCue

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Carbon released during an epic series of wildfire seasons in California has effectively wiped out most of the 100-year buffer that had been built into the state’s carbon trading system, a new study has found. According to... Read More

Harris to Announce $1B to States for Floods, Extreme Heat
Climate
Harris to Announce $1B to States for Floods, Extreme Heat

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is making more than $1 billion available to states to address flooding and extreme heat exacerbated by climate change. Vice President Kamala Harris is set to announce the grant programs Monday at an event in... Read More

California Amps Up Crypto Protections
In The States
California Amps Up Crypto Protections
2022-07-08 14:25:04
by Madeline Hughes

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Regulating cryptocurrencies has been top of mind for many lawmakers and regulators across the country as prices fluctuate and scams become even more common. In California, the Department of Financial Protection and Innovation has been cracking down... Read More

Court Decisions Support Biden Rules on Protecting the Environment
Animal Rights
Court Decisions Support Biden Rules on Protecting the Environment
2022-07-06 16:03:06
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON —The Biden administration won another court victory on July 5 in its efforts to roll back Trump-era environmental policies that limited protections for wildlife under the Endangered Species Act.  A federal judge in California threw out an interpretation that... Read More

Incumbents Under Pressure With Primary Season in Full Swing
Elections
Incumbents Under Pressure With Primary Season in Full Swing
2022-06-07 15:14:28
by Reece Nations

SAN ANTONIO — Election season is heating up as seven states will hold primary elections on Tuesday to determine which candidates will square off in November. By the time polls close throughout the states of California, South Dakota, New Mexico,... Read More

2022 Midterms: What to Watch in Primaries in Seven States
2022 Elections
2022 Midterms: What to Watch in Primaries in Seven States

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Primary elections in seven states Tuesday will set the stage for U.S. House and Senate races this fall, with many contests shaped by political fissures in both major parties and the lingering shadow of former President Donald Trump.... Read More

Demographics and Redrawn Boundaries Could Net Dems Big Win in California
Elections
Demographics and Redrawn Boundaries Could Net Dems Big Win in California
2022-05-31 23:16:40
by Brock Blasdell

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Increasing Asian and Latino populations across California have reshaped the state’s voter demographics heading into the 2022 midterms. Amid congressional redistricting, it could create the perfect opportunity for Democrats to win seats in the 2022 primary... Read More

California Fights Inflation With Relief Package, Minimum Wage Bump 
In The States
California Fights Inflation With Relief Package, Minimum Wage Bump 
2022-05-17 16:51:23
by Reece Nations

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Californians are getting help addressing the costs of rising inflation through a higher minimum wage and a new relief package proposal from Gov. Gavin Newsom. California's minimum wage will rise to $15.50 per hour next year under... Read More

Parishioners Subdue Gunman in Fatal California Church Attack
In The News
Parishioners Subdue Gunman in Fatal California Church Attack

LAGUNA WOODS, Calif. (AP) — A man opened fire during a lunch reception at a Southern California church, killing one person and wounding five senior citizens before a pastor hit the gunman on the head with a chair and parishioners... Read More

California Considering Extending Life of Last Nuclear Plant 
In The States
California Considering Extending Life of Last Nuclear Plant 
2022-05-05 21:15:24
by Reece Nations

AVILA BEACH, Calif. — As California braces for possible electricity shortages in the coming summer months, Gov. Gavin Newsom is considering delaying the planned decommissioning of the state’s last nuclear power plant. The Diablo Canyon Power Plant was scheduled to... Read More

California Nearly Reaches 100% Renewable Energy Milestone
Renewable Energy
California Nearly Reaches 100% Renewable Energy Milestone
2022-05-05 17:10:16
by Dan McCue

FOLSOM, Calif. – California reached a major energy milestone on April 30, coming oh so close to having 100% of its energy produced from renewable resources. It happened on a Saturday afternoon when statewide energy demand hit 18,672 MW. Shortly... Read More

California Attorney General Alleges Oil Industry Deceived Public on Plastic Waste
Environment
California Attorney General Alleges Oil Industry Deceived Public on Plastic Waste
2022-04-29 19:32:32
by Tom Ramstack

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California’s attorney general announced Thursday he is beginning an investigation into the oil industry for allegedly causing and then covering up the harm from plastic waste. The oil industry promoted development of plastic products and then deceived... Read More

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