Energy Policy & Regulations

Pump Prices, Subsidies, Rockets & Feathers Markets

(Consumer protection can only come from more renewables) Blog #87, CaliforniaGeo 7-31-22 Pump prices- Gas station prices have always been closely watched by Americans.  In times of stability, there are still some complaints about gasoline prices.  In times of price increases, many citizens are enraged, and missles spraying that rage are fired in all directions.  […]

The 2021 Texas Power Crisis

(With opening re-caps from Wikipedia) Blog #85, CaliforniaGeo 2-12-22 Wikipedia’s opening two paragraphs about Texas’ 2021 deep freeze- “In February 2021, the state of Texas suffered a major power crisis, which came about as a  result of three severe winter storms sweeping across the United States on February 10–11, 13–17, and 15–20. The storms caused […]

Policies That Thrust Cities Forward

(Rankings by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy) Blog #84 CaliforniaGeo 2-8-22 An individual person’s wish or dream is an aspiration that may or may not be fulfilled over time.  Sometimes priorities change.  The equivalent for governmental jurisdictions are referred to as policies.  They are aspirational and out in the open for all […]

Driving Forces for a Greener Economy

What is it that’s moving us to Renewables? Blog#75 CaliforniaGeo 7-14-20 The Climate Forward department of the New York Times has been covering many subjects that pertain to sustainability, renewable resources, climate change, greenhouse gases, and the like.  They began a tally immediately after the Trump Inauguration in early 2017.  Since then, the Administration’s rhetoric […]

Do Regulatory Rollbacks Help or Hurt?

Blog #74, CaliforniaGeo, 5-15-2020 The Climate Forward department of the New York Times has been covering many subjects that pertain to sustainability, renewable resources, climate change, greenhouse gases, and the like.  They began a tally immediately after the Trump Inauguration in early 2017.  Since then, the rhetoric against environmentalism preceded the massive rollbacks of previous […]

World climate defense—the U.S. is not helping

CaliforniaGeo 12-10-19 There are 197 nations other than the United States who committed to the Paris Accords of 2015.  Even though the Green New Deal and Greta Thunberg have become well known for de-carbonization, the U.S. has maintained that energy “independence” is still a worthy policy goal. False Independence- Historically, a number of critical moments […]

Remembering the Methane Express

111 Days at Aliso Canyon CaliforniaGeo  5-25-19 This spring saw the completion of a 258-page third party analysis by Blade Energy Partners of well SS-25 at Aliso Canyon, CA, just north of Los Angeles.  The analysis covered the direct causes and the root causes of this uncontrolled leak of 6.6 billion cubic feet of methane […]

How Now, De-carbonization?

(Will California rules be used to keep on burning gas in homes?) CaliforniaGeo 4-8–19 This week, two California state agencies will begin workshops whose purpose is to achieve de-carbonization in buildings.  The Public Utility Commission is the lead agency and will collaborate with the Energy Commission to enact provisions of SB 1477, the Low-emissions buildings […]

Emissions reality vs the Green New Deal

Will politics and obstructive policy prevent climate defense? CaliforniaGeo 2-26-19   Sixty years of sampling at the top of a 13,000-foot Hawaiian volcano show that the upward march of carbon dioxide in the world’s troposphere continues to climb steeply.  But, there are still some who express doubts.            Those doubts are composed […]

California falling Short on Climate Protection

Transportation still exceeds greenhouse gas limits CaliforniaGeo 11-28-18 California’s dedication to all things green by statute and regulatory policy has been a multi-decade effort but it is faltering.  A November report by the California Air Resources Board  cites the assessment that greenhouse gas reductions are not on track to meet established goals. The state’s landmark […]