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How do we create a post-fossil fuel society?

Opinion by Fielding Graduate University President Katrina Rogers, PhD The oil spill the occurred off 20 miles north of Santa Barbara on May 19 raises once again the specter of an increasingly polluted world. With all of us so dependent on fossil... (Continue reading)

PG&G diverted safety funds to bonuses

PG&E diverted more than $100 million in monies for safety and operations to bonuses for executives and shareholder profits over a 15-year period that is linked to the 2010 San Bruno disaster, according to an independent audit and a staff... (Continue reading)

PG&E destroys 20 palm trees at The Graduate

By KAREN VELIE After a large eucalyptus tree crashed into a power line, PG&E destroyed 20 older palms trees located at The Graduate Restaurant and Nightclub in San Luis Obispo, even though the removal appears to violate city and state... (Continue reading)

World’s largest solar farm operating in California Valley

Eastern San Luis Obispo County is now home to the world’s largest solar farm. [Green Tech] The 550-megawatt Topaz Solar Farm located in California Valley became fully operational late last month, and workers are expected to install the finishing touches... (Continue reading)

Phillips 66 rail project – explosive risks far outweigh the benefits

OPINION By MESA REFINERY WATCH GROUP CHAIR PERSON LINDA REYNOLDS In 1955, San Luis Obispo County approved a plan to bring crude oil to its Nipomo Mesa Santa Maria Refinery via pipeline. Over the years, the Nipomo refinery was operated... (Continue reading)

Diablo Canyon is safe

OPINION By GARY KIRKLAND The Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant is one of the safest places on earth. Back in the 1980’s, I took a tour of the plant as a science teacher in this county. We went wherever we wished, except... (Continue reading)

Morro Bay power plant to shut down in February

Dynegy announced plans to retire its 50-year old Morro Bay natural gas-fired power plant in February because the plant is no longer profitable. Company spokeswoman Katy Sullivan said Dynegy was unable to get a long-term power sales contract to keep... (Continue reading)

California off track for 80 percent carbon cut

California will fall short of its 2050 greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal if the state does not adopt aggressive measures to fight climate changer, a U.S. Department of Energy report says. [LA Times] The state is on pace to comply... (Continue reading)

California Valley solar plant producing power

The California Valley Solar Ranch is now operational and delivering enough electricity to power 100,000 homes annually. [Tribune] The Solar Ranch is one of two photovoltaic plants on the Carrizo Plain. The Topaz Solar Farm, the larger of the two... (Continue reading)

Fire causes power outage in Cambria

UPDATE: PG&E has update the estimated time of power restoration to 10 p.m. A power outage has left 611 PG&E customers without electricity in Cambria. Shortly after 10:30 a.m., Cambria Community Services District firefighters responded to a transformer fire. Shortly... (Continue reading)



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