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Jun 17, 2011

California’s Brown vetoes fellow Democrats’ budget

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – California Governor Jerry Brown on Thursday vetoed an “unrealistic” budget passed by fellow Democrats in the state legislature and insisted on either extending tax hikes or making deep spending cuts.

The hardball move drew immediate praise from financial professionals and other observers, although Democrats who pushed through the plan on Wednesday complained that Brown wanted too much and needed to find Republican support himself or move on from his tax plan which has languished for months.

Jun 16, 2011

California governor vetoes budget in face of “wall of debt”

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – California Governor Jerry Brown on Thursday vetoed an “unrealistic” budget and insisted that the state choose between extending tax hikes or making deep spending cuts to solve long-term fiscal problems.

The hardball move drew immediate praise from financial professionals and other observers, although Democrats who pushed through the plan on Wednesday complained that Brown needed to get Republican support quickly or move on from his tax extensions plan which has languished since January.

Jun 15, 2011

Suntech says leases will “level the playing field”

SAN FRANCISCO, July 15 – (Reuters) – Chinese panel maker
Suntech Power Holdings Co Ltd (STP.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is getting into the solar
lease business to compete with venture-backed start-ups such as
SolarCity and SunRun, the vice president of project finance for
its U.S. business said on Wednesday.

The program, already launched in California, will expand to
up to six more states by the end of 2011, Scott Son said in an
interview, adding the initiative will increase panel sales by
helping the installers it partners with stay competitive.

Jun 15, 2011

Gay judge’s California same-sex marriage ruling upheld

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A U.S. judge’s gay relationship is no basis for tossing out his decision overturning California’s same-sex marriage ban, another federal judge ruled on Tuesday.

Doing otherwise would send a message that minority judges could not rule in civil rights cases, ruled Chief U.S. District Judge James Ware, who upheld the decision to overturn California’s gay marriage ban.

Jun 15, 2011

Suntech launching U.S. financing programs

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Solar panel maker Suntech Power Holdings Co Ltd (STP.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) plans to launch four or five financing programs for the U.S. market in the next six to nine months, the head of its North American business said on Tuesday.

The initiatives will cover various parts of the industry, including residential solar, Suntech America President Steven Chan said at the Reuters Global Energy and Climate Summit in San Francisco.

Jun 14, 2011

Judge rejects bid to toss out gay marriage ruling

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A judge’s same-sex relationship is no reason to toss out his ruling backing same-sex matrimony, another federal judge ruled on Tuesday.

The decision by Chief U.S. District Judge James Ware backed the prior ruling overturning California’s gay marriage ban.

Jun 14, 2011

U.S. judge rejects bid to toss out gay marriage ruling

SAN FRANCISCO, June 14 (Reuters) – A U.S. judge’s same-sex
relationship is no reason to toss out his ruling backing
same-sex matrimony, another federal judge ruled on Tuesday.

The decision by Chief U.S. District Judge James Ware backed
the prior ruling overturning California’s gay marriage ban.

Jun 14, 2011

California turns to clean-car plans

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – California’s clean air regulators, fighting to create a market for greenhouse gases and spur wind farms and solar projects around the state, are shifting their focus to an old friend and enemy — cars.

State law requires California cut emissions of greenhouse gases to 1990 levels by 2020.

Jun 13, 2011

New California analysis backs carbon market

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A new, court-ordered analysis of California alternatives for regulating greenhouse gases shows that a carbon cap-and-trade market is still the “correct” choice, the state’s top climate regulator said on Monday.

“The analysis that led us to conclude that a cap-and-trade program was the correct alternative choice is fundamentally sound, and I think that this document lays that out quite clearly,” Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols told the Reuters Global Energy and Climate Summit.

Jun 13, 2011

New California analysis backs carbon market

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A new, court-ordered analysis of California alternatives for regulating greenhouse gases shows that a carbon cap-and-trade market is still the “correct” choice, the state’s top climate regulator said on Monday.

“The analysis that led us to conclude that a cap-and-trade program was the correct alternative choice is fundamentally sound, and I think that this document lays that out quite clearly,” Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols told the Reuters Global Energy and Climate Summit.

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