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House GOP targets state’s tough emission standards

By Carolyn Lochhead, Chronicle Washington Bureau  |  SFGate / San Francisco Chronicle  |  Link to article Taking advantage of a spike in gasoline prices, House Republicans are moving rapidly to gut California’s landmark controls on greenhouse-gas emissions from cars as a way to prevent the tougher state standards from spreading nationwide. The legislation, HR910, the […]

Will Fukushima Disaster Spell the End for a U.S. Nuclear Revival?

By Peter Behr and ClimateWire  |  Scientific American  |  Link to article Tokyo Electric Co. crews prepared Monday to pump seawater into a third reactor at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in order to prevent or halt a meltdown of its fuel assemblies, hours after a second explosion of leaked hydrogen gas rocked another […]

Landmark smokestack imploded in Laughlin

By Keith Rogers  |  LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL  |  Link to article With white smoke and dust flowing out its top, the 500-foot-tall concrete smokestack of the Mohave Generation Station crashed to the ground in dramatic fashion at 9 a.m. Friday. The controlled implosion of the 40-year-old landmark sent up a cloud of dust that caused […]

California Senate OKs renewable energy bill

By Patrick McGreevy  |  Los Angeles Times  |  Link to article Reporting from Sacramento The state Senate acted Thursday to require California utilities to boost their use of wind, solar and other renewable energy sources to a third of total supply by the year 2020. California law already requires utilities to get a fifth of […]

Solar Energy Faces Tests On Greenness

By TODD WOODY  |  The New York Times  |  Link to article SAN FRANCISCO — Just weeks after regulators approved the last of nine multibillion-dollar solar thermal power plants to be built in the Southern California desert, a storm of lawsuits and the resurgence of an older solar technology are clouding the future of the […]

Scientist proves conservatism and belief in climate change aren’t incompatible

By Neela Banerjee, Washington Bureau  |  Los Angeles Times  |  Link to article MIT professor Kerry Emanuel is among a rare breed of conservative scientists who are sounding the alarm for climate change and criticizing Republicans’ ‘agenda of denial’ and ‘anti-science stance.’ Reporting from Cambridge, Mass. — According to the conventional wisdom that liberals accept […]