From Dirty Fossil Fuels to Clean Renewable Energy


'Huge and unexpected drop' in California's 2016 carbon emissions

KPCC, November 24, 2017: California’s annual climate check-up is out. The good news is the electricity we use is getting much cleaner. The bad news? Greenhouse emissions from cars and trucks aren’t budging.

City Council Approves 120-Day Extension of Public Review Period for Inglewood Oil Field Specific Plan Draft EIR: Comments Now Due March 14, 2018

City of Culver City: At its meeting on November 13, 2017, the City Council considered a request by the community for an extension of the public review period for the submission of written comments on the Inglewood Oil Field (IOF) Specific Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR). After hearing from the public and discussing the matter, the City Council approved a 120-Day extension to March 14, 2018.

Interested parties have until 5:30 PM on March 14, 2018 to review the Draft EIR and submit written comments for consideration by the City Council.

What Air Pollution Can Do To Your Bones And Osteoporosis

Forbes, November 11, 2017: For the two studies, a team of researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, New England Research Institute, Northwestern University, the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health, and other institutions showed how you may literally feel air pollution in your bones. They found a relationship between long term air pollution and osteoporosis, a condition in which your bones become weaker and more likely to break.

Notice of Availability of Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Inglewood Oil Field (IOF) Specific Plan Project

City of Culver City: The IOF Specific Plan Draft EIR can be accessed here. During the 60-day public review period for the Draft EIR, two public meetings will be held to provide an overview of and assist the public in navigating the Specific Plan and Draft EIR, and to explain the process for providing feedback on these documents.

Metro agrees to buy 95 electric buses, in the first step toward an emissions-free fleet

L.A. Times, July 27, 2017: In the first step toward a new goal of eliminating tailpipe emissions by 2030, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority agreed Thursday to spend more than $138 million to buy 95 electric buses that will run on two Los Angeles County busways.

L.A. County sues over reopening of Aliso Canyon

L.A. Times, July 21, 2017: L.A. County is suing state regulators and Southern California Gas Co. for failing to conduct required safety and environmental studies and to turn over public documents before reopening the Aliso Canyon natural gas facility.

Assembly Approves of Buying Clean

Sierra Club Capitol Voice, June 2017: California has taken a step closer to using its purchasing power to further cut climate pollution.

Assembly Bill 262, the Buy Clean California Act, cleared the assembly on May 31 with a remarkable 68 to 3 vote. Nine members of the legislature abstained or were absent.

Passion for environmental justice fuels urban oil drilling study

UCLA Newsroom, June 5, 2017: A UCLA-student–led survey uncovered stark disparities in public health outcomes for L.A. neighborhoods with oil and gas drilling.

Renewable Energy Powers Jobs for Almost 10 Million People

Bloomberg, May, 23, 2017: The renewable energy industry employed 9.8 million people last year, up 1.1 percent from 2015, led by the solar photovoltaic business, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency’s annual report on the industry.

Today’s Energy Jobs Are in Solar, Not Coal

NY Times, April, 25, 2017: Last year, the solar industry employed many more Americans than coal, while wind power topped 100,000 jobs.

How California industry can fight climate change

San Bernardino Sun, April 21, 2017: All across California, business leaders, investors, entrepreneurs and technology innovators are advancing one of the most urgent objectives of our time: cutting greenhouse gas pollution to fight climate change.

LA to study banning oil production around homes, schools, hospitals and other public places

KPCC, April, 19, 2017: The city of Los Angeles is considering taking its boldest step yet towards restricting oil and gas development. On Wednesday, city council president Herb Wesson introduced a motion calling for a study of what it would take to shut down all oil and gas wells near homes, schools, hospitals, parks and other public places

L.A. County creates a lower-cost alternative for Southern California Edison customers

L.A. Times, April 18, 2017: Southern California Edison customers in Los Angeles County soon will have an alternative way to get their electricity — from a new government-run utility promising lower bills and easier access to clean-energy options.

Greener energy and lower utility bills?

Los Angeles Daily News, April 17, 2017: If I offered to reduce your utility bill, help green the environment and even create new jobs, you might be tempted to question my sanity. Or worse. But you’d be wrong because there’s a proven and exciting new way of providing green power to Los Angeles County consumers that can reduce greenhouse gases as well as consumer bills, and help build a whole new green economy. This Earth Day, while Washington is gleefully slashing environmental protections and further jeopardizing the future of the planet, we in L.A. County are moving in a visionary new direction.

Google Launches Project Sunroof

Project Sunroof use Google Earth imagery to analyze your roof shape and local weather patterns to create a personalized solar plan. It adjusts your electric bill to fine-tune your savings estimate and the recommended number of solar panels for your home. It compares loan, lease, and purchase options for your solar panels based on your results. Finally, it lists local solar installers and asks for estimates from your top choices.

25 Cities Now Committed to 100% Renewables, March 22, 2017: Madison, Wisconsin and Abita Springs, Louisiana are transitioning to 100 percent renewable energy following respective city council votes on Tuesday. Madison and Abita Springs are the first cities in Wisconsin and Louisiana to make this commitment. They join 23 other cities across the United States—from large ones like San Diego, California and Salt Lake City, Utah to smaller ones like Georgetown, Texas and Greensburg, Kansas—that have declared similar goals.

The West’s coal giant is going down

High Country News, Feb. 14, 2017: The smokestacks of the Navajo Generation Station rise 775 feet from the sere landscape of the Navajo Nation in northern Arizona, just three miles away from the serpentine, stagnant blue wound in sandstone known as Lake Powell. Red rock cliffs and the dark and heavy hump of Navajo Mountain loom in the background. Since construction began in 1969, the coal plant and its associated mine on Black Mesa have provided millions of dollars to the Navajo and Hopi tribes and hundreds of jobs to local communities, as well as electricity to keep the lights on and air conditioners humming in the metastasizing cities of Phoenix, Tucson, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Yet they’ve also stood as symbols of the exploitation of Native Americans, of the destruction of the land, and of the sullying of the air, all to provide cheap power to the Southwest.

Air board hears proposals to toughen smog-reduction plan but delays action

L.A. Times, Feb. 3, 2017: Southern California air quality regulators delayed action on a major smog-reduction plan Friday after hours of public testimony and debate about what steps should be taken to curb the nation’s worst air pollution over the next 15 years.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District board voted 9-3 to postpone consideration of the plan until its March 3 meeting. The decision came after Clark E. Parker Sr., a Democrat on the politically divided 13-member panel, left unexpectedly to attend a relative’s funeral.

For an analysis of the proposed plan, click here.

Drilling and Dirty Air in Los Angeles

The New York Times, Jan. 30, 2017: Even in Los Angeles, a place with over 1,000 oil wells, Wilmington, a working-class neighborhood where a majority of residents are Latino, stands out for the proximity of oil wells to homes, playgrounds and schools. One large rig stands next to a field where Little League teams play. Pumpjacks operate on residential streets, next door to homes.

Southern California Gas taps Aliso Canyon amid conservation warnings

L.A. Times, Jan. 24, 2017: Southern California Gas Co. tapped the troubled Aliso Canyon natural gas storage field Tuesday after issuing an alert about potential supply shortages because of increased consumer demand.

Hours after withdrawing gas from Aliso Canyon — a facility that has been shut down since it experienced the worst methane leak in U.S. history in fall 2015 — the utility stopped using the facility because demand declined, although warnings about shortages of natural gas remained in effect.

STANDLA on NBC Nightly News: Mark Ruffalo’s ‘Toxic Tours’ Raise Awareness About L.A.’s Oil Drilling Sites

NBC Nightly News, Dec. 30, 2016: Environmental activists have been complaining about odors and illnesses near oil drill sites in Los Angeles; actor Mark Ruffalo has been organizing “toxic tours” around the city to raise awareness.

The Arctic Gets Protection from Drilling but L.A. Residents Still Have to Contend with the Drillers Next Door

Streetsblog LA, December 21, 2016: Residents living around the AllenCo drill site, located on 23rd Street (near Figueroa), for example, might be pleased that the facility remains shuttered for the moment, but it could reopen some time in 2017. And new protections resulting from a June court order—requiring the installation of a monitoring system designed to protect public health, greater responsiveness to residents’ complaints, and the positioning of an independent expert to shut down operations immediately when gas releases exceed safe levels before the facility can re-open—provide little comfort to those who remember how easily AllenCo shrugged off past violations and how many times the air quality regulatory body failed to enforce its own rules.

Sierra Club Foundation wins MY LA 2050 Grants Challenge

LA2050: The Sierra Club won one of the My LA2050 Grants for its "The Future is Bright! A Clean Energy Future for LA" proposal. This grant will help the Sierra Club transfer LA to 100 percent clean energy to ensure the three pillars of quality of life now and in the future: healthy and safe air, equitable economic growth, and resilient communities safe from the worst potential damages wrought by climate change. LA2050 deploys financial, human, and social capital to drive progress toward the five goals. LA2050 makes investments of financial capital via the My LA2050 Grants Challenge to support individuals and organizations working to make progress on the five goals and their metrics.

Rockefeller family charity to withdraw all investments in fossil fuel companies

The Guardian, March 23, 2016: A charitable fund of the Rockefeller family — who are sitting on a multibillion-dollar oil fortune — has said it will withdraw all its investments from fossil fuel companies.

First Floridian city commits to 100% green energy

Energy Live News, Nov 24, 2016: St. Petersburg is the first city in the state and the 20th in the US to make the commitment. The city council has allocated $250,000 of BP settlement funds from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill to putting together a renewable energy plan. This will aim to tackle climate change and increase the resiliency of the city’s power supply.

San Luis Obispo Planning Commission Denies Phillips 66's Oil Trains Project

Center for Biological Diversity, October 5, 2016: The San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission voted to reject Phillips 66’s proposed oil train facility in Nipomo. The decision comes after a nearly three-year review process, with more than 20,000 Californians opposing the project, as well as more than 45 cities, counties, and school boards sending letters urging the planning commission to deny it.

Freeport McMoRan sells Inglewood Oil Field to Sentinel Peak Resources

Reuters, October 14, 2016: Freeport-McMoRan said it will sell onshore California oil and gas assets to Sentinel Peak Resources California for up to $742 million, part of a push by the world's biggest listed copper miner to reduce its multi-billion dollar debt.

L.A. County Board of Supervisors' Motion Supercharges Community Choice Power

Clean Power Exchange, September 27, 2016: Thanks to the diligence, perseverance and responsiveness of Los Angeles County Supervisors Don Knabe and Sheila Kuehl and their staffs, Clean Power Exchange's comments and recommendations on the Los Angeles County Community Choice Energy Business Plan were considered and addressed by this new motion being introduced at the LA County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, September 27, 2016.

Photos: Crops irrigated with fracking wastewater in Kern County

In this severe drought, the oil industry is selling fracking wastewater containing toxic chemicals, oil, and even radioactive radon for use in the irrigation of fruits and vegetables. Since regulations governing organic produce make no mention of fracking wastewater, even produce labeled "organic" may be irrigated with this toxic wastewater. July 8, 2016.

New signs found in fields located in the North Kern Water District, where oil wastewater is mixed with fresh Kern River water for irrigation. These are not "farmer" signs but posted by California Resources Corporation (an oil production company), disposing of their wastewater on prime farmland. In the past, these signs were only used where sewage plant water was allowed in fields not growing food for humans.

Some Central Valley Orchards Irrigated With Oilfield Waste Water

April 28, 2016: Video from KPIX, Channel 5 SF, in 2 parts.

Majority of Peer-Reviewed Science Shows Public Health, Water & Air Quality Concerns from Shale & Tight Gas Development

April 25, 2016: PSE published an important new paper that analyzes all scientific peer-reviewed research on unconventional natural gas development (UNGD), including hydraulic fracturing, from 2009-2015. Our assessment, categorized into human health, air quality, and water quality concerns, has revealed that the majority of the original research indicate health and environmental concerns associated with UNGD. • 84% of public health studies indicate public health hazards, elevated risks, or adverse health outcomes. • 69% of water quality studies indicate potential or actual incidence of water contamination. • 87% of air quality studies containing findings that indicate elevated air pollutant emissions and/or atmospheric concentrations.

AQMD Board votes with oil industry

Los Angeles Times, December 5th, 2015: Southern California air quality regulators turned aside tough new pollution control measures on Friday in favor of an industry-backed alternative plan that will make slower progress toward cleaning smog from the nation's most polluted region.The decision followed hours of emotional testimony at a public hearing in Diamond Bar. Environmentalists and community groups urged to board to adopt agency staff's proposal and take swift action to clean the air and ease asthma and other smog-triggered health problems across a four-county region of 17 million people.

Calif. to eliminate sale of fuel-powered cars by 2050

E&E News, December 3rd, 2015: The California Environmental Protection Agency has pledged that it will only allow "zero emissions vehicles" to be sold in the state by 2050. The promise would ensure that all new passenger vehicles sold in California after 2050 would either be hybrids or run on hydrogen fuel cells, battery electricity or other alternatives to gasoline.

SoCal Gas Relocates Hundreds of Porter Ranch Residents

Los Angeles Times, December 2nd, 2015: Matt Pakucko, president of the community group Save Porter Ranch, noted that people in his predominantly white and Asian neighborhood are being relocated because of odors, while people faced with environmental ills in other parts of the city — even those with poisonous lead in their backyards — are not being moved. In lower-income and largely Latino neighborhoods of Los Angeles, refineries and oil production sites operate and release noxious odors much closer to homes and generate similar complaints. Residents near one South L.A. oil field complained for years about noxious odors, headaches and nosebleeds, which they said were caused by nearby oil operations, before regulators acted.

Inglewood Oil Field: California Regulators Clamping Down on Freeport-McMoRan Exploration

Shale Daily, December 2nd, 2015: Under increasing criticism for being too soft on oil and natural gas operators, California regulators on Monday ordered the exploration unit of Freeport-McMoRan Corp. to provide additional data on the Inglewood Oilfield in the greater Los Angeles area. State officials are concerned about subsidence in the area and whether it may be related to oil production.

Slick Water: Fracking and One Insider's Stand Against the World's Most Powerful Industry

Sierra Club Radio, November 30, 2015: Investigative journalist Andrew Nikiforuk tells the shocking, inspiring story of one woman's stand to hold government and industry accountable for the damage fracking leaves in its wake. Jessica Ernst's remarkable story raises dramatic questions about the role of Big Oil in government, society's obsession with rapidly depleting supplies of unconventional oil and gas, and the future of civil society.

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