California Legislature makes little progress on the environment

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by Mark Olalde, Desert Sun Highlights Many environmental bills were not passed during the 2020 legislative session in California Mary Creasman, CEO of the California League of Conservation Voters, remarks that we are running out of time to make big environmental impacts: “We only have until 2030 to prevent the most catastrophic impacts of the … Read more

Senators energy package continues fracking and drilling

by Zoya Teirstein , Grist Highlights: Senators Lisa Murkowski (R) and Joe Manchin (D) revealed the  American Energy Innovation Act of 2020:  The bill does not stop drilling or fracking but does develop more solar and other renewable energy as well as carbon capture Portions of the bill mention exporting natural gas, a known emitter … Read more

Brace for the deluge: Special interests are spending millions to get the California legislators they want

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By Ben Christopher, Cal Matters Highlights: With primary elections coming up in California, deep-pocketed interest groups, including the fossil fuel industry, are pumping money into campaigns to secure a say in state lawmaking. California’s primary is happening earlier than usual and many residents are casting their ballots early Independent expenditure committees are allowed to spend … Read more

Green Deal law to make EU’s energy shift irreversible

by Ewa Krukowska, Bloomberg, January 28, 2020 Highlights The European Union is drafting a measure, titled the Green Deal, to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions entirely by 2050 in hopes to become the world’s first carbon neutral continent.  The EU wants to make their new climate law irreversible  The Green Deal is meant to keep Europe … Read more