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2024

California climate programs would lose billions in Newsom’s budget, CalMatters, May 23, 2024

The Future Arrives Ahead of Schedule at the Energy Innovation Summit in June, Yahoo Finance, May 22, 2024

How one Safeway controversy kicked off the spread of gas station bans around the Bay Area,  East Bay Times, May 20, 2024

The Bee awarded money to local climate efforts. Here’s how the agriculture project shaped up, Sacramento Bee, May 8, 2024

Coalición ambientalista presiona a la Legislatura para aprobar leyes que protejan a la comunidad – La Opinión, May 6, 2024

Governor Newsom: Save lives, not fossil fuel corporations, Capitol Weekly, April 18, 2024

Climate groups seek to remove tax breaks for oil and gas companies, Public News Service, April 18, 2024

Presidio Trust CEO Jean Fraser on the Bay Area national park site’s next chapter, San Francisco Business Times, April 5, 2024

Rural California is coming out of the woods, POLITICO, March 25, 2024

California’s Climate Leaders Vow to Hold Fossil Fuel Companies to Account, Inside Climate News, March 22, 2024

CARB says it will implement corporate emissions disclosure law, E&E News, March 21, 2024

Sacramento’s next big climate fight, POLITICO, March 20, 2024

Newsom’s getting his Trump cards in a row, POLITICO, March 19, 2024

20+ Groups In California Call Out Oil Refiners Profits, Seek Penalty By Summer, Daily Kos, March 18, 2024   

Weekly Outings With The Observer, The Observer, March 15, 2024 

Woody Hastings on the fossil fuel industry’s ongoing campaign to undermine meaningful climate legislation, KSQD Community Radio, March 13, 2024 

Cap-and-trade is bread and butter now, POLITICO, March 12, 2024

Three questions for California’s newest utility regulator, POLITICO, March 15, 2024 

Peace Press, February/March 2024 

Bidirectional Charging: Vehicles as a Portable Battery, with Ellie Cohen, Climate Break, February 2024 

160+ groups urge CARB to amend ‘disastrous’ CA pollution credit trading scheme, Daily Kos, February 15, 2024 

Tuesday’s Letters to the Editor, Santa Rosa Press Democrat, February 13, 2024  

Big Oil and Big Gas spent a record $27 million lobbying in California in 2023!, Daily Kos, February 10, 2024

Top 100 largest nonprofits in Sonoma County 2023, Santa Rosa Press Democrat, February 9, 2024

Sunday’s Letters to the Editor, Santa Rosa Press Democrat, February 4, 2024

California Stakeholders Submit Microgrid Tariff Proposals, Saying Microgrids Should Be “Donkeys, Not Unicorns”, Microgrid Knowledge, February 2, 2024

Committee kills bill to end offshore oil drilling in CA as Big Oil sets new lobbying spending record, Daily Kos, February 1, 2024

Is there any place for fossil fuels in the clean hydrogen future?, Canary Media, February 1, 2024 

COP28 Left a Vacuum California Leaders Aim to Fill, Inside Climate News, January 29, 2024

California Delegation Returns From COP28, Prepares for Fossil Fuel ‘War’, California Energy Markets, January 26, 2024 

Newsom vs. Little Oil, POLITICO, January 18, 2024  

A Rude Awakening: CA Climate Budget Cuts and Offshore Wind in Humboldt, KPFA Radio, January 19, 2024

Newsom uses cap-and-trade cash to shore up Calif. climate programs, E&E News, January 12, 2024  

Bill to End Offshore Oil Drilling in CA Waters Passes First Major Legislative Hurdle, Daily Kos, January 11, 2024

Newsom cuts $2.9 billion from California climate programs, Los Angeles Times, January 11, 2024 

Bill to End Offshore Oil Drilling in CA Waters Passes First Major Legislative Hurdle, Daily Kos, January 11, 2024  

2023

A Rude Awakening with Barry Vesser and Mykela Patton, KPFA Radio, December 22, 2023

Bidirectional Charging, From V2G to V2X, Slow to Roll Out in California, California Energy Markets, December 8, 2023

Consider maximizing California’s front-of-meter distributed solar, advocates say, pv magazine USA, November 29, 2023

Western States Petroleum Association’s Astroturf Group Seeks to Discredit Price Gouging Penalty, Daily Kos, November 28, 2023 

Bidirectional Charging Gains Ground with Toyota Project and Federal, California Bills, Microgrid Knowledge, November 27, 2023

What if We Decarbonized the Grid from the Bottom Up?, Energy Changemakers, November 19, 2023 

The nation’s first commercial direct air capture facility has opened in Tracy, Capital Public Radio, November 16, 2023 

California Stakeholders Can Submit Microgrid Tariff Proposals by Nov. 9 – But Must Meet Unacceptable Guidelines, Nonprofits Say, Microgrid Knowledge, November 10, 2023

Rep. Brownley-led bill proposes bidirectional charging plan for EVs, Daily Energy Insider, November 7, 2023

Big Oil spent $22 million in effort to kill CA climate bills in first three quarters of 2023, Daily Kos, November 2, 2023

Marin Voice: Our ‘batteries on wheels’ should be backup for the fragile power grid, Marin Independent Journal, October 19, 2023

The Pacifica Evening News, Weekdays, October 13, 2023 – KPFA (~44:00)

California solar vs. the moon, POLITICO, October 13, 2023

California to get up to $1.2 billion in federal funds to expand hydrogen energy projects, Los Angeles Times, October 13, 2023

California Utilities Launch New Microgrid Incentives for Disadvantaged Communities, Microgrid Knowledge, October 13, 2023 

California to get up to $1.2 billion in federal funds to expand hydrogen energy projects, Los Angeles Times, October 13, 2023

Climate change groups urge CA to prioritize nature-based solutions – Public News Service 

Soil carbon is a can of worms, POLITICO, October 11, 2023 

Expect to see solar panels along San Diego highways per one of the energy bills Newsom has signed into law, San Diego Union-Tribune, October 10, 2023

Newsom signs Orphan Well Prevention Act, AB 1167, and vetoes SB 842, bill weakening price gouging law, Daily Kos, October 7, 2023

Climate Justice Advocates Urge Governor Newsom to Sign the Orphan Well Protection Act, AB 1167, Daily Kos, October 4, 2023 

Legal fights over California’s homeless camps expand, CalMatters, September 21, 2023

Hundreds of activists call for an end to fossil fuels in Sacramento before Climate Ambition Summit, Daily Kos, September 13, 2023

Schrödinger’s wildfire insurance deal, POLITICO, September 7, 2023

Op-ed: How California can use electric vehicles to solve its blackouts, San Francisco Chronicle, September 5, 2023

How bad the climate crisis gets is still up to us. We just have to act, Los Angeles Times, August 15, 2023

End of session snoozefest? Hardly, POLITICO, August 15, 2023

Disasters’ Great Divide: Sonoma County heatwaves hit seniors, farmworkers hardest, Sonoma Index-Tribune, August 17, 2023

Editorial: EVs have big batteries. They should come equipped to power homes and the grid in emergencies, LA Times, August 13, 2023

PG&E CEO proposes using electric cars to send power back to California’s grid to prevent blackouts, ABC7 San Francisco, August 9, 2023

Could Electric Cars Help California’s Power Grid? PG&E’s Poppe Thinks So, Bloomberg, August 8, 2023

Are you ready for a blackout? How Californians can keep their lights on, Los Angeles Times, August 7, 2023 

Big Oil pumps $13 million into killing climate bills in California in first half of 2023, Daily Kos, August 2, 2023

A Sacramento fossil fuel lobbyist bragged about corrupting the democratic process, Sacramento Bee, July 22, 2023

Can California’s electric cars feed the grid? CalMatters, July 20, 2023

California’s Bidirectional Charging Mandate Would Create Microgrids on Wheels & Turbocharge Resiliency, Microgrid Knowledge, July 19, 2023

Two Bills In California To Tighten Corporate Emission And Carbon Offset Disclosures, Carbon Herald, July 6, 2023

Fossil Fuel Companies Paying Big Bucks To Kill California Emissions Reporting Laws,  CleanTechnica, July 6, 2023

New climate bill headed to the California ballot, NBC Bay Area, June 27, 2023

Oil and Gas Lobbying Threatens California’s Game-Changing Climate Bills, Capital and Main, June 26, 2023

Noting a Mountain of Delays, California Lawmakers Advance Bills Designed to Speed Grid Connections, Inside Climate News, June 19, 2023

How Extreme Heat Drives Inter-Agency Collaboration, Planetizen, June 18, 2023

Extreme heat is changing the structure of local governance, Smart Cities Dive, June 16, 2023

Newsom opens a new chapter in culture wars, POLITICO, May 31, 2023

Grupos ambientales exigen a California reducir subsidios a “los principales contaminadores”, La Opinión, May 30, 2023

Climate Expert: The next five years could be the hottest ever recorded, KCBS Radio, May 21, 2023

Key climate, housing bills die in California Legislature, San Francisco Chronicle, May 18, 2023

Legislative Survivor: Which big California bills were shelved in ‘suspense file?’, CalMatters, May 18, 2023

New California budget means a $6B cut, and future uncertainty, for climate spending, Orange County Register, May 13, 2023

City OKs study for new energy program, reviews 2022 police response times, The Bakersfield Californian, May 10, 2023

California Ponders V2G Mandate, CleanTechnica, May 8, 2023 

California just can’t quit Big Oil, Stateline, May 8, 2023

Batteries on wheels: California to mandate bidirectional charging on EVs from 2027, The Driven, May 5, 2023

A California bill could help make EVs a blackout solution, Grist, May 4, 2023

Can electric cars save the grid? CA might require EVs to have V2G by 2027, Electrek, May 4, 2023

After Historic Year of Environmental Laws, California Wants to Go Further, Stateline, April 25, 2023

Vehicle-to-grid pilots soar, but where will they land?, Greenbiz, April 25, 2023 

CA Bill to Hold Oil Cos. Presumptively Liable for Harms in Safety Zones Passes Judiciary Committee, Daily Kos, April 28, 2023

Santa Rosa’s 14th annual Earth Day draws families for a fun, educational and sunshine-filled afternoon, Press Democrat, April 22, 2023

Why Bidirectional Charging is the Most Exciting Climate Bill of 2023, Sonoma Independent, April 21, 2023

California Bill Could Make Bidirectional EV Charging the Norm, Government Technology, April 18, 2023

Environmental Justice Advocates Urge California to Stop Issuing New Drilling Permits in Neighborhoods, Inside Climate News, April 14, 2023 

How your car can power your home, San Jose Mercury News, April 17, 2023 

Environmental Justice Advocates Urge California to Stop Issuing New Drilling Permits in Neighborhoods, Inside Climate News, April 14, 2023 

The Climate Connection: The path to a climate-safe California, Napa Valley Register, April 7, 2023 

Transforming the grid with electric vehicles, PV Magazine, April 7, 2023

Experts urge rapid reduction of climate change is possible and necessary, KCBS Radio, March 26, 2023

What will the UN’s new climate report tells us and why does it matter?, BBC Radio, March 20, 2023 

Microutility Supporters Raise Questions about California’s Progress on Microgrids, Microgrid Knowledge, March 8, 2023 

What Sonoma County can do about the climate crisis, Sonoma Sun, March 6, 2023

New IPCC report must signal to polluters their time is time up, EnviroNews Nigeria, March 6, 2023

3 new-tech geothermal plans to be considered for boosting power at The Geysers, North Bay Business Journal, February 24, 2023

How to run your house on clean electricity, no solar panels required, Washington Post, February 9, 2023

Sonoma County purchases 10 all-electric buses as public transit moves toward a zero-emission fleet, Press Democrat, February 9, 2023

How a new law is bringing more attention to natural carbon sequestration, CapRadio, February 6, 2023

Funding Opportunities Abound for California Microgrid Developers, Microgrid Knowledge, February 3, 2023

2022

California’s residential solar rules overhauled after highly charged debate, CalMatters, Dec 15, 2022

Fresno Moving Forward on Seeking PG&E Alternative, GV Wire, Dec 1, 2022

​​​​California Climate Plan Scraps New Gas Plants, Expands Carbon Capture for Fossil Fuels, Capital and Main, Nov 21, 2022

Close to Home: Time to ban horribly polluting gas leaf blowers, Press Democrat, Nov 20, 2022 

The Good and the Bad of California’s New Climate Plan, KPFA, Nov 18, 2022

Climate activists meet to strategize on how to fight environmental disaster, KCBS Radio, Nov 16, 2022 

California’s climate plan calls for no new gas power plants, The Washington Post, Nov 16, 2022

To cap breakthrough year, California’s climate blueprint needs two key changes, CalMatters, Nov 11, 2022

California Climate Measure Fails After ‘Green’ Governor Opposed It in a Campaign Supporters Called ‘Misleading’, InsideClimate News, Nov 10, 2022 

Sonoma County leaders travel to Egypt to represent North Bay at UN climate conference COP27, Press Democrat, Nov 10, 2022

Californians reject tax on millionaires intended to raise up to $4B a year for vehicle electrification, Utility Dive, Nov 9, 2022 

Climate experts say glaciers in Yosemite are melting faster than expected, KCBS Radio, Nov 4, 2022 

The Climate Connection: Napa County cities initiate climate action, Napa Valley Register, Oct 21, 2022

Fifty Environmental & Public Interest Groups Back Newsom’s Special Session Bid To Cap Oil Refiner Windfall Profits In Letter To Leadership, Yahoo Finance, Oct 18, 2022 

Microgrids Address Many Challenges Facing Contemporary Power Sector, California Energy Markets, Oct 21, 2022  

California Lawmakers Aggressively Combat Climate Crisis, Governing, Oct 10, 2022

California Takes Leading Edge on Climate Laws. Others Could Follow., The Pew Charitable Trusts, Oct 6, 2022  

Legislature sends carbon sequestration bill and billions in climate spending to Newsom, Agri-Pulse, Sept 7, 2022

California reemerges as environmental leader on national and global stage, by Jessica Wolfrom, SF Examiner, September 5, 2022

Diablo Canyon Extension Draws Mixed Reaction; Other Energy Bills Pass, by Jason Fordney, California Energy Markets, September 2, 2022

California faces big power challenges — even if Diablo Canyon stays open, by Jeff St. John, Canary Media, September 2, 2022

California Legislature approves climate change steps, but one ambitious one fails, by Nadia Lopez, Calmatters, September 1, 2022

Newsom to Legislature: Act fast to enact new climate change targets, by Rachel Becker and Julie Cart, Calmatters, August 9, 2022

Op-ed: How electric cars can keep California’s power on without more natural gas, San Francisco Chronicle, July 28, 2022

Bill Moves Forward to Lock More Carbon In the Soil by Suzanne Potter, Public News Service, June 30, 2021

California Bill Wields State’s Purchasing Power for Climate Action, CleanTechnica, June 11, 2022

The Faces of the Climate Crisis: the Youth, by Chase Hunter, Sonoma Index-Tribune, June 10.2022

Op-Ed: California can do better than carbon neutrality by 2045 by Daniel Kammen, LA Times, May 17, 2022

Leaders recognized for contributions to the San Francisco North Bay North Bay Business Journal, May 13, 2022

California could lead the nation in natural carbon removal. This bill would do just that by Cristina Garcia and Ellie Cohen, Sacramento Bee, May 10, 2022

What Does Climate Justice in California Look Like? by Liza Gross, Inside Climate News, April 20, 2022

Newsom signals he’s open to excluding the wealthiest Californians from gas tax rebate by Dustin Gardiner, April 15, 2022, San Francisco Chronicle

Another local city prohibits new gas stations by Marc Albert, KRCB, March 26, 2022 

California is Falling Behind Its Climate Goals. Big Oil Wants to Help by Aaron Cantu, Capital & Main, March 25, 2022

California lawmakers want to build more clean energy — and faster by Sammy Roth, March 31, 2022, Los Angeles Times

Does Newsom’s California gas rebate undermine climate goals? by Grace Gedye, San Francisco Chronicle, April 1, 2022

As gas prices surge, Fresno County calls for more oil drilling. Some say it’s a bad idea by Melissa Montalvo, Fresno Bee, March 23, 2022

California contradiction: Ban gas cars later, but cushion gas prices now? by Grace Gedye, CalMatters, March 28, 2022

Lawmakers push for carbon capture to reduce greenhouse gases by Martin Wisckol, Orange County Register, March 16, 2022

Frustration builds in wait for California’s next rooftop solar proposal – Press Democrat by Mary Callahan, Press Democrat, March 20, 2022

PG&E’s ‘personal microgrid’ device aims for home resiliency in fire-prone areas by Lisa Cohn, Microgram Knowledge, March 4, 2022

California gets $56 million to expand number of electric vehicle charging stations by Guy Kovner, Press Democrat, February 10, 2022

A Rude Awakening with Woody Hastings and Dr. Randi Jandt KPFA, February 11, 2022, 

Newsom unveils new push for electrifying transportation by Marc Albert, KRCB, February 2, 2022

The climate solution in California’s compost and crops by Justine Calma, The Verge, January 26, 2022

Is The California Solar Dream Fading Fast? by Carolyn Fortuna, CleanTechnica, January 20, 2022

The Climate Center’s Ryan Schleeter – CA’s Latest Billion Dollar Climate Budget, KPFA, January 14, 2022 

Newsom budget would fund CSUB energy center, well abandonment work by John Cox, Bakersfield Californian, January 10, 2022 

Newsom’s budget proposal would add billions to confront wildfire, climate change by Julie Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle, January 10, 2022

Sen. Dodd Pushes For Clean Energy Generators During Disasters by Olivia Wynkoop, SF Gate, January 6, 2022

California Senate Bill Proposes Clean Energy Solutions To Keep Lights On During Outages, CBS SF Bay Area, January 6, 2022

2021

Solar industry cringes at new rules proposed by California regulators by Erik Anderson, KPBS, December 13, 2021

California’s plan to cut rooftop solar incentives, explained by Sammy Roth, LA Times December 16, 2021 

SF’s Climate Action Plan: What You Need to Know by Kevin Truong, San Francisco Standard, December 8, 2021

PD Editorial: The world punts another year on climate change by Press Democrat Editorial Board, November 17, 2021

Huffman, 2 local leaders report on UN climate change conference by Guy Kovner, Press Democrat, November 10, 2021

What’s at Stake for California at UN Climate Conference? By Rachel Becker, KQED, November 1, 2021

Column: Global leaders lag California, San Diego officials on climate action by Michael Smolensk, San Diego Tribune, November 3, 2021

Methane gets its due: Climate pledge puts focus on super pollutants by Francine Kiefer, CS Monitor, November 5, 2021

What California brought to the climate summit – KCBS Radio In Depth, KCBS, November 6, 2021

Even the Bay Area needs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions faster, experts say by J.D. Morris, San Francisco Chronicle, November 8, 2022

Newsom signs historic $15 billion to combat growing climate crises by Cresencio Rodriguez-Delgado, PBS NewsHour, September 24, 2021 

California moves on climate change, but rejects aggressive cuts to greenhouse emissions by Samantha Young, San Francisco Chronicle, September 25, 2021

Climate change projections are dire, but it’s not time for business to give up by Barry Vesser, North Bay Business Journal, August 27, 2021

Carbon neutral isn’t good enough. California needs to be carbon negative by 2030, by Daniel Kammen and Manuel Pastor, The San Francisco Chronicle, July 30, 2021

To save lives and livelihoods, we must become more energy-resilient; SB99 will help, by Destiny Rodriguez and Davis Harper, The Stockton Record, June 20, 2021

California’s budget surplus can help achieve a climate-safe future by Nayamin Martinez, CalMatters, May 19, 2021

California must accelerate its climate leadership by Dave Pine and Russell Hancock, The Mercury News, April 22, 2021

An Earth Day message for California: Move faster on climate change by Sammy Roth, LA Times, April 20, 2021

Steyer Joins Pundits in Call for California to Go Green Faster, by David Baker, Bloomberg, April 20, 2021

Clean energy can help California fight climate change and prepare for wildfire season by James Gore and Venise Curry, The Sacramento Bee, April 19, 2021

Changing how we raise crops, livestock could help combat climate change by Doron Amiran, North Bay Business Journal, April 9, 2021

Planning for the future requires energy resilience by Destiny Rodriguez and Davis Harper The Business Journal, March 12, 2021

How Covid-19 Has Changed the Environment – and What We’ve Learned by Anne-Christine Strugnell, Marin Magazine, March 9, 2021

California is falling behind on climate protection by Ann Hancock and Kenny Likitprakong, Press Democrat, February 21, 2021

To weather the worsening drought, California needs healthy soils, by Ellie Cohen, and Torri Estrada, CalMatters, February 11, 2021

Is California, North Bay clean energy industry ready for electric vehicles? by Doron Amiran, North Bay Business Journal,
February 8, 2021

Wildfires among the dangers of doing nothing on California’s climate goals by Doron Amiran, North Bay Business Journal, January 18, 2021