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As California Burns, Jerry Brown Takes Heat for Vetoing 2016 Wildfire Mitigation Bill

As California Burns, Jerry Brown Takes Heat for Vetoing 2016 Wildfire Mitigation Bill

 By MICHAEL BASTASCH | Energy Editor Critics are attacking California Gov. Jerry Brown for vetoing a 2016 bill aimed at mitigating fire risks from utility equipment. “He has done nothing to harden those assets,” said GOP state Sen. John Moorlach. Wildfires have consumed more than 221,000 acres since Thursday, killing at least 44 people. California […]

It’s Not Correct to Blame Global Warming for California’s Wildfire, Scientist Says

It’s Not Correct to Blame Global Warming for California’s Wildfire, Scientist Says

 By MICHAEL BASTASCH | Energy Editor   Gov. Jerry Brown and President Donald Trump are both wrong about the California wildfires, said climate scientist Cliff Mass. “Governor Brown is not correct that global warming is a significant issue,” Mass said. “So both ‘sides’ need to stop trying to score political points and deal with the […]

Trump Issues Ultimatum to Gavin Newsom Over California’s Deadly Wildfires

Trump Issues Ultimatum to Gavin Newsom Over California’s Deadly Wildfires

 By MICHAEL BASTASCH | Energy Editor   President Donald Trump gave California an ultimatum over its deadly wildfire problem. “Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!” Trump tweeted on Saturday morning. The federal government spent more than $1 billion fighting fires in 2017. President Donald Trump blamed “poor” land management for the deadly wildfires consuming […]

Justice Breyer Draws Laugh with ‘DRAIN THE SWAMP’ References in Endangered Frog Case

Justice Breyer Draws Laugh with ‘DRAIN THE SWAMP’ References in Endangered Frog Case

 By MICHAEL BASTASCH | Energy Editor . U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer drew laughter Monday after repeating “drain the swamp” in oral arguments over the habitat of an endangered frog. “Now, on that, the agency has found, well, it’s not that hard to drain the swamp. Good chance we’ll do it,” Breyer said during […]

SCOOP | House Targets Another US Environmental Group Over Its Foreign Ties

SCOOP | House Targets Another US Environmental Group Over Its Foreign Ties

 By MICHAEL BASTASCH | Energy Editor , House lawmakers sent a letter Monday to the environmental group Earthjustice demanding documents regarding its ties to foreign officials and environmental activists, The Daily Caller News Foundation has learned. The letter from top Republicans on the House Committee on Natural Resources is the fourth sent to environmental groups […]

US Surpasses Saudi Arabia as the World’s Top Oil Producer

US Surpasses Saudi Arabia as the World’s Top Oil Producer

 By MICHAEL BASTASCH | Energy Editor . The U.S. surpassed Saudi Arabia to become the world’s largest producer of crude oil, according to preliminary estimates from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). “U.S. crude oil production exceeded that of Saudi Arabia for the first time in more than two decades,” EIA reported Wednesday. “In June and August, […]

Jerry Brown’s Plan for ‘NEGATIVE’ CO2 Emissions is Based on ‘SCIENCE FICTION’

Jerry Brown’s Plan for ‘NEGATIVE’ CO2 Emissions is Based on ‘SCIENCE FICTION’

 By MICHAEL BASTASCH | Energy Editor . California Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown ordered the state to “maintain negative emissions” after 2045. However, the whole idea of “negative emissions” is based on “magical thinking,” according to exports. It’s “like a light saber, incredible but not real,” one expert said of negative emissions technologies. California Democratic Gov. […]

There’s Nothing Stopping Florence from Becoming a Category 5 Hurricane

There’s Nothing Stopping Florence from Becoming a Category 5 Hurricane

 By MICHAEL BASTASCH | Energy Editor . Hurricane Florence strengthened to a Category 4 storm on the Saffir-Simpson scale with maximum sustained winds approaching 130 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC). The NHC upgraded Florence on Monday after data from hurricane hunter aircraft showed the storm had rapidly strengthened. Florence is forecast […]

Here the Real Reason Solar Companies Love California | It’s Not Because of the Weather

Here the Real Reason Solar Companies Love California | It’s Not Because of the Weather

 By MICHAEL BASTASCH | Contributor The solar industry cheered the California state assembly’s passage of a bill to mandate 100 percent “carbon-free” electricity by 2045, calling it “groundbreaking legislation.” “As we await final confirmation in the Senate, this bill will lead to significant investment and jobs creation in California, and elsewhere in America,” Abigail Ross […]

‘GREEN’ California is More Reliant on Foreign Oil Than Ever Before

‘GREEN’ California is More Reliant on Foreign Oil Than Ever Before

 By MICHAEL BASTASCH | Contributor . California’s biggest source of crude oil imports is now Saudi Arabia with more than 98 million barrels in 2017. Environmentalists want Gov. Jerry Brown to stop issuing new oil and gas leases. However, that will only make California more reliant on foreign countries. There’s a growing call for California […]

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