The land of Steinbeck has more to it than fertile soil from which the nation's spinach and strawberries sprout: The country's biggest supply of shale oil lies below the central California turf.The Monterey Shale extends through most of central California and has as much as 15.4 million barrels of oi ... More >>
It's not news that Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom has not a thing to do up there in Sacramento, a city that he himself has said is boring. But you know what is news: Newsom finally had something to do -- and didn't do it!On Monday, Newsom's morning included showing up to a meeting and casting a vo ... More >>
San Franciscans found yet another reason to protest PG&E.Yesterday, on the anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, OccupySF Environmental Justice Working Group, No Nukes Action and Greenaction for Health as well as Environmental Justice gathered in front of the Japanese Consulate ... More >>
On Friday afternoon, the city Controller's office released a report on the economic impact facing the city if it chooses to dabble in providing residents with public power. You couldn't time a release better -- if you were hoping no one would read it. And that's too bad. Because, per the controller' ... More >>
Giant walking iPhones greeted Apple employees as they entered the company's headquarters in Cupertino this morning where Greenpeace activists criticized Apple's iCloud for using "dirty power."Demonstrators stood outside demanding employees and executives stop powering its iCloud using coal-fired pow ... More >>
It's been a while since we've seen any good sparring over the contentious so-called smart meter, but apparently strong sentiments are circulating in parts of the city. A kind and anonymous reader passed along this photo that's being posted around homes in Noe Valley and Glen Park neighborhoods, wher ... More >>
Matt SmithHere's what we'll do, y'see: We'll put out crazy-assed think-tank reports, and see if people believe 'em.The Pacific Research Institute bills itself as a think tank that champions freedom, opportunity, and personal responsibility by advancing free-market policy solutions. But judging fr ... More >>
The future of Bay Area energy?As both San Francisco and Marin County struggle to get "community choice aggregation" green-energy plans up and running, one of the big questions on observers' minds is whether electricity consumers will pay more for power from renewable sources such as wind and ... More >>
That's not maple syrupCorporate Ethics International, a rabble-rousing San Francisco environmental nonprofit, on Thursday launched a campaign urging a boycott of Alberta in protest of the Canadian province's oil sands petroleum extraction project. The group has erected a billboard in Seattle comp ... More >>
Members of Aboriginal Blackmen United wait for a meeting with City Administrator Ed LeeA labor dispute over solar technology is heating up, with one union now considering legal action against the city, and a Bayview worker's group visiting City Hall to demand meetings with top officials.At issue ... More >>
Going, going, goneThe final word is in: after more than a decade of activism and negotiations, the Mirant Power Plant will be closing for good by the end of 2010. "There was really no need to have these dirty power plants continue to exist in San Francisco," City Attorney Dennis Herrera tol ... More >>
Being forced to trade adspace for media coverage of an event is not the current journalistic norm. Sadly, it may become commonplace in the future. In the impending newspaperless world dreaded by journalists, and glowingly touted by futurists, we'll all be glorified ad-salespeople, burnishing our ... More >>
Joe EskenaziCity Attorney Dennis Herrera delivers the big news, backed by (from left) PUC head Ed Harrington, Supervisor Sophie Maxwell, and former Board of Supes President Aaron PeskinThe answer has been revealed to the "mystery settlement" announced yesterday by City Attorney Dennis Herrera ... More >>
Daniel KramerT. Boone PickensAs Texas oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens hits San Francisco tonight in his ongoing tour promoting a curtailing of foreign oil imports and a bolstering of domestic clean energy (in which he is invested to the gills), a long, strange article about Pickens' long, strange trip h ... More >>
David BlaikieMore attractive than ever.San Francisco-based utility Pacific Gas & Electric Co. announced yesterday that it will be undertaking a $1.5 billion project to produce more solar energy for its customers throughout the state. The initiative, which includes plans to build new solar-power ... More >>
The city's master plan for cleaner energy is fraught with risk. And, like it or not, you're already signed up.
Does Gavin Newsom turn into Stalin when the moon is full? By Benjamin Wachs (This is State of the Citysode III: The Environment. Click here for Part II: Education, and Part 1: Health Care) 00:00 - Gavin begins philosophically. "I like to say that the world's consumption is the sum of all loc ... More >>
Cheryl Meeker's show about the effects of nuclear dust requires more than passive viewing.
Why some "progressives" are putting energy into a bad idea.
Eat the good life
DISCUSSED IN THIS REVIEW: Cons, Scams & Grifts, 2001, Mysterious Press, Confidence, 2003, Lion's Gate Films What Should I Do With My Life?, 2002, Random House
When it comes to terrorism and U.S. atomic power plants, we may as well put Homer Simpson in charge
The plan to build a massive new power plant in San Francisco -- once thought inevitable -- hits a few snags
The road to Punta Abreojos is paved with hollow intentions
And then there's developer Michael Strausz
Power Point;The Chronicle Chronicles;Outlawing Landlords and Other Amusements
Two major S.F. energy projects are in the works. Do we need both? The question isn't really being discussed.
If Gov. Davis has his way, California soon will have dozens of new power plants -- a lot of them in the wrong places, some of them unnecessary, and very, very few of them based on renewable energy
Opponents of the Potrero Hill power plant expansion could use a lesson in organization.
How the state's contracts with crucial electric power providers actually encourage them to gouge us
The Western Pacific gray whale, once thought extinct, clings to life in a remote Siberian sea. Biologists fear their research is serving as cover for massive oil drilling that could wipe out this lost tribe once and for all.
A small group wants to foist a municipal utility district on the city without evidence its version of "public power" will work. Demand evidence.
Letters from January 10, 2001
Why a retreat from electricity deregulation is a victory for PG&E, and a loss for you and me
The S.F.-based utility embarks on a nationwide buying spree
The wind-power entrepreneurs at Kenetech have spent millionsin vain tosolve this avian mystery: Why have hundredsof raptors, including golden eagles, died alongside the windmills of Altamont Pass?
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