SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Google Inc’s (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) search for cheap renewable energy has not found many great breakthrough ideas, and the company’s focus has shifted toward funding big projects from financing risky technologies, the company’s green energy czar said on Tuesday.
Google in 2007 launched a project to develop renewable energy cheaper than coal, the world’s biggest power plant fuel, and for a year it launched a flurry of investments in small alternative energy companies with promising technologies.
California’s personal and unpleasant governor’s race just took another step toward the bottom as a tape emerged in which an aide to Democrat Jerry Brown calls Republican Meg Whitman a “whore” for her attempts to get endorsements from law enforcement.
The Los Angeles Times was given the tape of an answering machine message from Brown to a law enforcement group. Brown apparently didn’t hang up, and so a private conversation was captured on tape. The Times’ blog is here, with the audio tape is at the bottom or here.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – They’ve banned gay marriage and are poised to blow off a chance to legalize marijuana, but California voters are remaining true to one stereotype — their commitment to the environment.
A measure to suspend the state’s vanguard climate change law is heading for failure, by a margin of 49 percent to 37 percent, because voters see the law doing more economic good than harm, a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Tuesday showed.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Hopes that California will become the first state in the nation to legalize marijuana appear to be turning into a pipe dream.
Voters plan to oppose a measure on the November 2 ballot to legalize marijuana use by 53 percent to 43 percent, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Tuesday that showed a big change of sentiment from June.
FRESNO, California (Reuters) – California’s first Spanish-language debate in the race for governor turned into an angry exchange on Saturday when Republican Meg Whitman and Democrat Jerry Brown traded charges of lies and deception over the case of an illegal immigrant who used to work for Whitman.
Both candidates spoke in English and their answers were simultaneously translated into Spanish for the audience in Fresno in the agricultural Central Valley, where unemployment is even higher than the state average of more than 12 percent.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – California U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer and Republican challenger Carly Fiorina traded jabs over the environment, healthcare and jobs in the second debate on Wednesday of a close campaign.
Fiorina, the former chief executive of Hewlett-Packard Co, and Democrat Boxer, seeking a fourth term in the Senate, both promised jobs and fiscal responsibility, two issues foremost on the minds of voters in the most populous U.S. state, which is reeling with an unemployment rate of more than 12 percent and a $20 billion state budget deficit.
SAN BRUNO, California (Reuters) – “Who doesn’t want cheaper and better?”
That, in one sentence, is the sales pitch of Silicon Valley’s preeminent investor in clean tech, Alan Salzman of venture capital firm VantagePoint. Actually, forget the sales pitch.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The California site of a deadly gas pipeline explosion earlier this month was not on a “top 100″ watch list of pipelines monitored by Pacific Gas and Electric, utility executives said on Monday.
The September 9 explosion of a 30-inch steel pipeline ripped through the San Francisco suburb of San Bruno, killing four people, destroying 37 homes and causing hundreds to evacuate.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – California’s ambitious climate change agenda could evaporate in a November vote which pits renewable energy advocates and allies against oil companies and manufacturers.
The U.S. Senate has scuttled President Barack Obama’s goal of putting a price on carbon, the linchpin to cutting output of greenhouse gases, leaving state and regional efforts the key drivers trying to move the country past coal and oil.
LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – Like many Nevadans, hairdresser Helen Elgas is trying to decide between the devil she knows and the devil she doesn’t, and the future of U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, hangs in the balance.
Sitting in the shade of a strip mall on West Sahara Avenue, miles from the casino towers that symbolize Las Vegas, Elgas is not happy with Reid. But she isn’t sure she can bring herself to vote for his challenger, former state assemblywoman Sharron Angle, either.