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CA’s third largest oil refinery profits triple, making 78 cents per gallon in CA – compared to 50 cents in rest of US

October 27, 2022 Los Angeles, CA— California’s third biggest oil refiner made a whopping $2.26 billion off refining gasoline, tripling its profit in the third quarter, after excluding special items. PBF reported making 78 cents per gallon refining crude oil into gasoline in California in the third quarter– the greatest raw profits anywhere in the nation or world. By contrast, […]

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Participation in the CA Morro Bay Lease Areas Mutual Benefits Corporation will be open to all developers and qualified fishermen.

October 19, 2022 The Morro Bay Commercial Fishermen’s Organization (MBCFO), the Port San Luis Commercial Fisherman’s Association (PSLCFA), and Castle Wind LLC (Castle Wind), a joint venture between Trident Winds Inc. and TotalEnergies Renewables USA, are pleased to announce the formation of the Morro Bay Lease Areas Mutual Benefits Corporation (Morro Bay MBC). The purpose of the Morro Bay MBC […]

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Biden-Harris administration seeks public input on Inflation Reduction Act’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund

Stakeholder Input Will Help Shape First-of-Its-Kind Federal Fund to Mobilize Clean Energy and Climate Projects and Reduce Pollution in Disadvantaged Communities October 21, 2022 WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a coordinated stakeholder engagement strategy to help shape the implementation of the first-of-its-kind Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund created by President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act. EPA’s engagement strategy […]

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Gov. Newsom to provide $40 Million in additional funds for Farmland Repurposing Program as drought worsens

Program will support rural communities and wildlife while helping to develop sustainable water supplies September 28, 2022 As California suffers through a third year of severe drought, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation on September 27, that dedicates $40 million to the Department of Conservation’s Multibenefit Land Repurposing Program. Established last year with an initial $50 million, the Multibenefit Land Repurposing Program helps […]

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CA Energy Commission Chair Hochschild responds to recent gasoline price spikes

October 5, 2022 Sacramento — California Energy Commission Chair David Hochschild released the following statement after sending a letter to oil executives last Friday asking for answers on the sudden, unprecedented spike in gas prices over the past month. This price spike is occurring despite decreasing crude oil prices, minimal unplanned outages for maintenance and no new state taxes or fees on gas at the pump. “As I expressed in my letter to the oil industry last week, the recent sudden increases in prices at the pump are unacceptable and place an undue high burden on California families and businesses. Over the course of 10 days, oil companies increased gas prices by a record 86 cents per gallon. At the […]

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Governor Newsom calls for a Windfall Tax to put record oil profits back in Californians’ pockets

September 30, 2022 SACRAMENTO –  As Californians see renewed spikes in gas prices, Governor Gavin Newsom today called for a windfall tax on oil companies that would go directly back to California taxpayers. While crude oil prices are down, oil companies have increased gas prices in California by a record 84 cents per gallon in just the last 10 days. […]

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Excessive heat starting tomorrow will stress energy grid in CA

Consumer conservation likely needed this weekend to avert power outages FOLSOM, Calif. – Starting tomorrow through Tuesday, California and the West are expecting extreme heat that is likely to strain the grid with increased energy demands, especially over the holiday weekend. Temperatures are forecast to begin rising Wednesday, August 31, intensifying through the holiday weekend and extending to early next […]

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Fact sheets released highlighting Biden’s Infrastructure Law’s historic progress Nationwide

August 2, 2022 On August 2, the White House released updated fact sheets highlighting how President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure is delivering results for all 50 states, territories, the District of Columbia, and Tribal communities. President Biden’s landmark $1 trillion bipartisan Infrastructure Law included $7.5 billion to help accelerate EV adoption to build a nationwide network of 500,000 EV charging stations that will increase […]

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White House will take more Climate Action this week

July 26, 2022  According to E&E News, “The Biden administration will announce new policies this week to mitigate wildfire risks and protect communities from extreme heat.” The announcement comes after President Joe Biden last week said that he views climate change as an “emergency,’” and vowed to roll out a series of executive actions to tackle the problem. To that […]

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FY2023 House Appropriations Legislation: to Help Families, Invest in Climate, and Support Maine Tribes passed in House

     Legislation lowers the cost of living, creates good-paying American jobs, lifts up working families, and supports small businesses July 21,2022 On July 20,2022, Rep. Chellie Pingree voted to pass H.R. 8294, a package of six government funding bills which will help families and communities across America, including the Interior and Environment bill she authored. The transformative investments in the […]

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Pres. Biden responds to Sen. Manchin’s apparent refusal to include climate provisions in reconciliation bill

July 15, 2022 The following is the statement by President Joe Biden on Sen. Manchin’s apparent refusal to include climate provisions in reconciliation bill. Action on climate change and clean energy remains more urgent than ever.  So let me be clear: if the Senate will not move to tackle the climate crisis and strengthen our domestic clean energy industry, I will take […]

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Congress urged to boost appropriations for President Biden’s Defense Production Act executive orders

Rising Energy Prices, Climate-Fueled Disasters Require Urgent Renewable Energy Investment July 14, 2022 WASHINGTON— Dozens of environmental and labor groups urged House and Senate leaders to increase funding for President Biden’s historic executive orders to spur domestic renewable energy production under the Defense Production Act. The call comes as the country struggles to make progress on climate action. The Supreme Court’s recent decision in West Virginia v […]