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New data show CA oil refiners’ margins grew to unprecedented a $1.50 Per Gallon during September gas price spike; Makes case for strong Price Gouging Penalty

December 7, 2023 Los Angeles, CA — New data posted by the California Energy Commission shows that as California gasoline prices were spiking in September at $5.70 per gallon California’s  big oil refiners raked in an average $1.49 per gallon in gross refining margins, nearly three times their 66 cents margins in January. The margin appears to be unprecedented as […]

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Forum with Iowa scientists: Grow Iowa’s vast solar energy resources

Three scientists will discuss the future of solar energy in Iowa at a forum organized by State Rep. Chuck Isenhart. David Osterberg will elaborate on the 2023 “Iowa Climate Statement,” tendered in October by 200 science faculty members from 36 colleges and universities across Iowa. The event will be 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 29, in Room 105 of the University […]

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Nearly 400 State and Local Officials Across the U.S. Call on Biden Administration to Adopt Strong Standards to Cut Pollution from Coal- and Gas-Fired Power Plants

Lawmakers Urge EPA to Broaden Scope to Cover Additional Power Plants and Pursue Robust Community Protections November 14, 2023 Nearly 400 state and local officials today called on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to adopt the strongest possible carbon pollution standards for coal- and gas-fired power plants to protect public health, slash climate pollution, and move closer to 100 percent […]

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CA Energy Commision Tribal Program

The California Energy Commission’s Tribal Program helps the organization conduct effective government-to-government cooperation, collaboration, communication, and other activities with California Native American tribes. The program has many functions, including: Tribal Research Grant Program This funding opportunity was released on September 1, 2023. Applications are due November 17, 2023 by 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time. For information on this solicitation, please visit […]

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Cities are leading the way in the climate change fight

This letter to the editor first appeared in the Cap Times November 2, 2023 Dear Editor: The cities discussed by Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway and four other Wisconsin mayors demonstrate that the catalysts and opportunities may originate in Washington, but the real action occurs in local governments, where there are multiple successful ways to address climate change and many fruitful ideas, and one size does not fit all. I am proud to live in a city and state that have found creative ways to fulfill the promise of the Biden Administration’s clean energy plan. Wisconsin and its cities can be models for other states and cities to follow according to their priorities, resources and needs. It’s encouraging that communities in […]

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Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara appointed to EOPA Climate Emergency and Energy Security Task Force

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, a professional engineer, and esteemed member of the New York State Assembly committees on Energy and Veterans Affairs, has accepted an invitation to serve as a member of the Elected Officials to Protect America’s (EOPA’s) Climate Emergency and Energy Security Task Force. This appointment marks a significant milestone in Assemblyman Santabarbara’s ongoing commitment to addressing critical climate […]

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EPA proposes approval of groundbreaking rule to reduce Southern California air pollution driven by warehouse operations

October 12, 2023 SAN FRANCISCO – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed to approve a rule by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) that is serving to protect communities from air pollution generated by warehouse operations, including freight vehicle trips to and from warehouses. The South Coast AQMD area covers large areas of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and […]

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$4.6 Billion in IRA grants to cut climate pollution

At a Glance The News Release: September 23 2023 SAN FRANCISCO – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched a $4.6 billion competition to fund state, local, and Tribal programs and policies that cut climate pollution, advance environmental justice, and deploy clean energy solutions across the country. As part of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, a key pillar of Bidenomics, […]

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California passes Orphan Well Prevention Act

September 13, 2023 AB 1167 (Carrillo) would protect Californians from health and financial risks of abandoned oil wells SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Senate, by a 21-11 vote Wednesday, passed legislation to limit the dangers of ‘orphan’ oil wells in California. These wells can contaminate land, surface water and groundwater, making people who live nearby sick. Environment California and NRDC sponsored AB 1167, which was authored by Asm. Wendy Carrillo. The bill is en route to the Assembly for a concurrence vote before it goes to the governor’s desk for him to sign into law. As California’s oil wells dwindle in productivity, they are frequently sold to less solvent companies that may struggle to pay for cleanup costs. Half of the wells drilled in […]

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New York State Extends Deadline for Clean Water, Clean Air and Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act Project Ideas Survey

September 18, 2023 New York State has extended the deadline to submit project ideas for funding through the $4.2 billion Clean Water, Clean Air and Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act survey from Sept. 15 to Sept. 30, 2023.  The survey has collected hundreds of project ideas from potential applicants and interested stakeholders so far, but few from the Finger Lakes region. Submission of the survey is not a formal funding application, but it will help NY understand the needs of regions and impact the final funding guidelines.

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California big oil influences lawmakers to pass a bill that weakens price gouging law while gas prices climb

September 17, 2023 Sacramento, CA — A bill amended 72 hours before the end of the legislative session and passed in the dead of night without debate would undermine California’s new gasoline price gouging law.  “This is outrageous. People across the state, especially those who can least afford the rising gas prices, will be hurt the most. Big Oil’s earning […]

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EDF, allies ask EPA to protect people from Fossil Fuel-Based Hydrogen Production Pollution

September 16, 2023 Washington, D.C. – September 15, 2023) Environmental Defense Fund and a group of 13 health, environmental, and community groups are asking the Environmental Protection Agency to protect people from dangerous pollution from fossil fuel-based hydrogen production facilities. The groups filed a petition with EPA today urging the agency to adopt protective limits that would reduce climate and health-harming pollution […]

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New $19 Million grant program to improve climate resilience of nation’s drinking water infrastructure

September 7, 2023 WASHINGTON – This week the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced $19 million in new grant funding that will work to improve the climate resilience of the nation’s water infrastructure. EPA’s Drinking Water System Infrastructure Resilience and Sustainability grant program will support drinking water systems in underserved, small and disadvantaged communities that are working to prepare for and reduce vulnerability to impacts from climate change ranging from extreme flooding to extreme drought. “This summer communities have faced worsening climate impacts like extreme heat, flooding and intense storms, which have strained access to the clean drinking water we all deserve. These stressors pose a unique challenge to water systems in vulnerable communities,” said EPA Assistant Administrator for Water Radhika Fox. “These […]

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Seven North Eastern Tribes receive EPA grants for climate mitigation planning

September 11, 2023 MASHPEE – Region 1 of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently awarded $1,285,120 in climate grants to seven New England tribes for climate mitigation efforts, The funds are administered via the Climate Pollution Reduction Grants (CPRG) program and will aid the development of strategies to reduce climate pollution and build clean energy economies for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head Aquinnah, Mohegan Tribe, Passamaquoddy Tribe at Indian Township, Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, Narraganset Indian Tribe, and the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians in partnership with M’kmaq Nation and Passamaquoddy Tribe at Pleasant Point. “Congratulations to the seven of our 10 federally-recognized Tribes in New England for receiving almost $1.3 million to develop comprehensive strategies […]

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Governor Newsom and legislative leaders agreement to fast-track a cleaner, more reliable grid

Aug 31, 2023 SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom and the Legislature reached an agreement on the Governor’s package to build more clean energy, make the grid more reliable, and help achieve our 100% clean electricity goal. Today marks a critical step in California’s work to combat the climate crisis and ensure our grid is powered by clean energy 24×7.  The text of […]