Light Sweet Crude Displacement

I live in the San Francisco Bay Area and despite its well-deserved ‘tree hugger’ image the inland part of the Bay is home to a concentration of refineries essential to California’s economic vitality.  These refineries produce the boutique blend of gasoline not available anywhere else.  The EPA’s insistence on these unique regional gasoline blends is Read more about Light Sweet Crude Displacement[…]

Will California Hit the Cap and Trade Megamillions Jackpot?

And you thought the California Global Warming Solutions Act (AB32) was all about limiting greenhouse gas emissions, didn’t you?  Think again. There is a brewing fight in Sacramento over how to spend the gold expected to start pouring in when the Golden State starts its carbon cap and trade program.  The original intent of AB32 Read more about Will California Hit the Cap and Trade Megamillions Jackpot?[…]

Federal Judge Blocks California AB 32 Low Carbon Fuel Standard

California’s Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 or AB32 as it is often called was designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. For a while it was thought this law would be made obsolete by the passage of Federal Cap and Trade legislation.  But after cap and trade failed to in support in Congress and the Read more about Federal Judge Blocks California AB 32 Low Carbon Fuel Standard[…]

California's 33% RPS Plan for a Clean Energy Future

As expected the California Legislature approved a bill formally enacting the 33% renewable portfolio standard into law.  Governor Jerry Brown will sign the measure. Little else changes since the 33% RPS goal was set by Executive Order by then Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.  There is widespread public support for California clean energy policies. But the 33% Read more about California's 33% RPS Plan for a Clean Energy Future[…]

Berkeley Law Pleads the Case for Prop 23 Defeat

My thanks to Heather Haney, a law student at UC-Berkeley, for the comments posted on my blog about Proposition 23 and for providing a copy of a Berkeley Law white paper excerpted below as an independent analysis of the implications of passage of Prop 23. This white paper entitled “California at the Crossroads: Proposition 23, Read more about Berkeley Law Pleads the Case for Prop 23 Defeat[…]

CARB Readies 1,000 page AB32 Rulemaking

Get ready for a CARB AB32 Rules cram down ahead! Politico reports that the California’s Air Resources Board (CARB) will publish more than 1,000 pages of proposed rules to reduce greenhouse gases at California power plants and other large industrial sites just as the polls close November 2nd where Proposition 23 is on the ballot. Read more about CARB Readies 1,000 page AB32 Rulemaking[…]

Pacific Research Institute Study says Prop 23 will save Jobs

Will Proposition 23 Hurt Jobs or Save Them? California voters have entered early voting since more than one-third of all voters are vote by mail through permanent absentee balloting.  Thus the choices are already being made on candidates and ballot measures in the Golden State. Proposition 23 would suspend the California Global Warming Solutions Act Read more about Pacific Research Institute Study says Prop 23 will save Jobs[…]

Prop 23 helps economy says California Legislative Analyst Opinion

California’s independent Legislative Analyst opinion on the costs and benefits of passage of Proposition 23 in the November election were released October 1st.  On balance, the LAO concludes that lower regulatory costs and lower energy prices that can reasonably be expected by suspending AB32 greenhouse gas emissions requirements in California outweigh the downside risks. The Read more about Prop 23 helps economy says California Legislative Analyst Opinion[…]

Hot Air Regulation!

It is risky business poking an angry California bear with new air regulations these days just when we are about to decide whether to suspend the muther-of-all greenhouse gas emission laws in the November election.  But just as early voting is about to begin here in California that is exactly what the clean air regulators Read more about Hot Air Regulation![…]

Showdown on SB722—the 33% RPS Solution in California is at Risk

UPDATE: (Sept 1, 2010) SB722 failed to pass the California Legislature by the deadline for action at midnight this morning.  This means that the 20% RPS standard by 2020 now in law remains the official policy.  Governor Schwarzenegger’s 33% RPS goal was set by Executive Order which can be changed by the next Governor. While Read more about Showdown on SB722—the 33% RPS Solution in California is at Risk[…]