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July 8, 2008 | Dan Morain
The Republican National Committee has dropped $3.4 million to blast Barack Obama's energy policy on television in four key states. The 30-second spot charges that the Illinois senator opposes lower gas taxes, nuclear power and more oil drilling: "Just the party line." John McCain, it touts, is "pushing his own party to face climate change" and supports "alternative energy, conservation, suspending the gas tax and more production here at home."
December 21, 1990
As chairman of the County and Cities of Los Angeles Energy Commission, I can only reiterate that most elected officials and our public energy agencies have not done enough to plan ahead--and, as a result, the American public is in many ways more vulnerable today than it was in the 1970s. Today, for example, alternative energy sources can produce substantial amounts of power that are nonpolluting and at a price competitive with foreign oil. In the past five years, the cost of solar power has been slashed dramatically, from 24 cents to eight cents per kilowatt hour.
May 16, 1989
Physician Gale may be an expert in cancer treatment, but as a layman on alternative energy, he should get his facts straight. Photovoltaics has been used reliably since the late 1950s for space power, and since the 1970s it has become a viable, pollution-free, quiet alternative energy source that uses only sunlight as fuel. Present and future technologies do not cause a loss in lives nor do they produce toxic wastes. Such solid waste as sodium silicate that results from the chemical etching of silicon is as inert as beach sand and does not represent "toxic waste that is comparable or greater in magnitude as nuclear energy."
April 27, 1985
In response to your article (April 9) about windmills in Palm Springs, alternative energy production is without question a must. However, it appears that the manufacturers, developers and the Bureau of Land Management have excelled in this area only to fail in the area of land conservation. The windmill farms do seem to multiply at an alarming rate with little or no concern for the physical environment. I applaud the lawsuit filed by Palm Springs against the Bureau of Land Management and the seven developers.
September 22, 2009 | David Zahniser
One of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's recently departed advisors has secured a job handling renewable energy business for an international law firm. The mayor's former deputy chief of staff, Dan Grunfeld, 49, is taking a position with the law firm of Kaye Scholer and will work in its Los Angeles office representing clients in such fields as green technology, alternative energy and compliance with environmental laws. Villaraigosa has promised to make Los Angeles "the greenest big city in America" by pushing the Department of Water and Power toward more solar, wind and geothermal energy.
May 1, 2013 | By Shan Li
Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris is determined to make his desert town a hub for Chinese companies specializing in alternative energy. That dream came a little closer at the public unveiling Wednesday of the plug-in electric bus factory owned by Build Your Dreams, or BYD, an electric vehicle manufacturer in Shenzhen, China. BYD is taking over an 110,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Lancaster that formerly produced recreational vehicles. Its initial investment of more than $10 million also includes a nearby plant that will produce energy storage modules and electric batteries for the buses.
May 11, 2008
It seems that economists are in disagreement over the advisability of taxing the "windfall" profits of the oil companies. However, it is a no-brainer to put an immediate halt to the ridiculous subsidies that Big Oil currently enjoys. ("Levy is needed on oil profit windfalls," Consumer Confidential, May 4.) I understand why the two oilmen in the White House have not acted on this issue, but where has the Democratic congressional majority been? Why haven't the three presidential candidates come out strongly on ending these absurd gifts to the oil companies?
November 10, 1992 | KAY SAILLANT
An international corps of scientists and engineers has honored Ventura resident Charles R. Imbrecht as a leading advocate of the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency. As chairman of the state Energy Commission since 1983, Imbrecht has been instrumental in guiding California toward developing alternative energy sources for electricity production, said Herman Scheer, a spokesman for the Commission of the European Community.
August 30, 1994 | MAKI BECKER
The newly opened Los Angeles Community Reuse Organization will offer free monthly workshops and tours to inform the community about new research on alternative fuels. The group is helping a Chatsworth-area energy research center switch from nuclear power to alternative energy sources as its main research project. "The Path to the Hydrogen Economy" will be the first workshop, slated for Sept. 17. The use of hydrogen as a clean-burning fuel will be discussed.
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