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Google Funds Free EV Community Shuttles in Mountain View, CA

(Originally published on Four new 100% electric community shuttle buses have hit the road in the beautiful Silicon Valley city of Mountain View, California. The four electric shuttles are free to the public, thanks to Google, and are equipped with seating for 16 passengers, a wheelchair lift, space for two wheelchairs, Wi-Fi connectivity, and bicycle […]

February 19th

San Francisco Reopens Palace of Fine Arts, Co-Sponsored by AT&T

Mayor Edwin M. Lee joined with business, civic and community leaders on Wednesday, Dec. 03 to launch PPIE100, a yearlong celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE).  The PPIE was the focus of the 1915 World’s Fair, celebrating the completion of the Panama Canal. San Francisco, which had just emerged from the ashes of […]

December 5th

First Solar Leads U.S. in Solar Installations

Solar Power World has published its ranking of top U.S. solar contractors. The ranking lists the solar industry’s top 100 companies in order of total megawatts (MW) installed in 2011. The ranking includes a wide variety of solar installers, with both publicly traded and privately owned companies dispersed throughout. The top 100 companies installed a combined […]

December 24th

Koch Industries Exploits Unemployment Rate to Support Big Oil Agenda

The Los Angeles Times reported that Flint Hills Resources, a subsidiary of Kansas-based Koch Industries, donated one million dollars to the campaign for California Proposition 23. Proposition 23 would suspend California’s global-warming law, known as AB 32, until the state’s unemployment rate dropped below 5.5%, a level achieved only three times in the last three […]

September 8th

California Fisherman Doesn’t Want to Catch the Last Lobster

San Diego lobster fisherman Shad Catarius (no relation to the spawning fish) supports an annual  trapping tax of of $300 currently before the California legislature. The tax on the $7.8 million annual spiny lobster market would raise the cost for Catarius to make a living on his boat McGhee Marie. In a San Diego Union-Tribune […]

July 6th

Growing Plastic: A New Use for Biomass

In the constant push for ever newer and greener technology and energy, we sometimes forget that it is often both simpler and cheaper to revisit old techniques in new ways. And that’s exactly what a group of researchers in California has done. By combining several old and well understood chemical techniques and reactions, they have […]

June 19th

Think Twice Before Painting

A part of the environmental debate that hasn’t gotten a lot of attention made the pages of the March 2009 issue of Consumer Reports and it’s sure to raise some eyebrows. The offender? Interior paint.

February 3rd

Nuclear Power Debate Heats Up California

California’s nickname of the Golden State couldn’t be more apropos than with its leadership on energy. PBS recently devoted an entire episode of “Nova” to the subject of “The Big Energy Gamble” about California. “It is leading the United States, and quite frankly, even though the bulk of the United States is behind the developed […]

January 22nd