Environment Forum

New EPA chief ready to give California new car rules of its own?

January 15, 2009

Environmental Protection Agency chief-to-be Lisa Jackson said science would be her guide on policy — and that may mean California is in the driver’s seat on setting new global-warming-style regulations on cars. (Not to mention the nearly 20 other states ready to follow in its footsteps.)

Drivers say Honda hybrid doesn’t go that extra mile-court

January 13, 2009

Green car owners have apparently complained in such large numbers that the Honda Civic Hybrid isn’t living up to high mileage claims that the carmaker has approached U.S. government regulators about revising its mileage guidelines, according to a lawsuit by one Honda hybrid owner.

California takes leap of global warming faith

December 12, 2008

California is either about to bankrupt all its businesses, or it’s unleashing a green revolution.

How many jobs does it create to screw in a lightbulb?

October 21, 2008

Change to an energy-saving lightbulb — create a job? lightbulb.jpg

Energy efficiency efforts in California over the past three decades have created or saved 1.5 million jobs and added $45 billion to payrolls in the state, according to a report from David Roland-Holst of the Center for Energy, Resources and Economic Sustainability at the University of California, Berkeley.

Palin asks Schwarzenegger to terminate shipping fees

September 12, 2008

palin3.jpgCalifornia environmentalists are in tizzy this week, accusing Republican Vice Presidential candidate and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin of telling their governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, how to do his job.

California ports’ emissions plan: Full steam ahead!

July 23, 2008

Today, Reuters ran a story about the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports’ aggressive plan to slash pollutants — mostly exhaust from diesel engines — that have harmed air quality and contributed to health concerns in the local communities.  In implementing the plan, the ports have butted heads with some of the industries that they do business with, such as shippers, railroads and truckers.

Turning your kitchen scraps into clean energy

May 21, 2008

Earlier this month, I toured a Waste Management landfill in Simi Valley, California as part of our series on how companies are turning household garbage and other waste into clean electricity. For our full coverage, click here.