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August 23, 2011 | Jonah Goldberg
It was a massive flatbed truck, flanked by smaller vehicles brandishing "oversized load" banners, carrying a huge white thing. I think the first one I saw was in Ohio. But I know that by the time I passed Grand Island, Neb., I'd lost count. What was it? At first, it looked like it could be a replacement for the Swords of Q?dis?yah — that giant crossed blades sculpture in central Baghdad. And then, the aha: It was a propeller blade for a wind turbine, a really big one. I've seen plenty of wind farms, but I'd never seen the blades being transported for construction.
September 6, 2009 | Associated Press
An advisor to President Obama has resigned amid controversy over inflammatory statements he made before joining the administration, the White House said early today. Van Jones, an advisor on environmentally friendly "green jobs," had been linked to efforts suggesting a government role in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and to derogatory comments about Republicans. The matter surfaced after news reports of a crude remark Jones had made about Republicans, and, separately, of his name appearing on a petition dealing with the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
September 11, 2009 | Judith Lewis, Judith Lewis is a Los Angeles journalist and environmental writer. She is a contributing editor to the High Country News.
At the annual Bioneers convention in 2007, Van Jones described to an audience of scientists, activists and environmentalists how he had spent 20 years trying to get Americans to pay attention to the urban poor. "We would call newspapers, television stations, saying kids are dying, we're going to funerals every weekend. 'Not interested.' We'd say we've got kids going to school in Oakland, 30 kids in the classroom, six books, no chalk.' 'Not interested.' " Finally, the Yale Law School graduate turned community organizer told the crowd, "We said, 'Well, we want green jobs and not jails for our youth.
January 2, 2011 | By Lee Romney, Los Angeles Times
Mayor Ron Dellums spent his childhood in West Oakland watching the Oakland Acorns play ball. So when the planned move to Fremont, Calif., by the now- Oakland A's fell through in early 2009, Dellums kicked into high gear. He recruited City Council President Jane Brunner, and they jointly appealed to Major League Baseball's commissioner, launching talks with league officials on a new stadium as part of an aggressive campaign to keep the team in Oakland. "Ron was phenomenal," Brunner said of the former congressman's role in nearly two years of ongoing discussions.
January 26, 2009 | Marla Dickerson
Note to President Obama: Energy efficiency and clean technology can help jump-start the U.S. economy. That's the message of a report released today by Next 10, a nonprofit research group in Palo Alto, which says California's experience underscores how the green sector is emerging as a key component of growth. Among the findings: Green-collar jobs are growing faster than statewide employment. Clean-tech investment in the state hit a record last year, despite steep stock-market declines.
September 8, 2011 | By Stuart Pfeifer and Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
Federal agents executed a search warrant at the Northern California headquarters of solar panel manufacturer Solyndra Inc., which filed for bankruptcy protection this week despite receiving $535 million in federal stimulus loan guarantees. The FBI and Department of Energy's Office of Inspector General confirmed that their agents were involved in the raid Thursday at Solyndra's offices in Fremont but declined to discuss what they were investigating. FBI spokesman Peter D. Lee said documents related to the search had been sealed.
December 19, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO -- A state panel has granted a $34.7-million tax break to Tesla Motors Inc., which makes high-tech electric vehicles at facilities in Fremont and Palo Alto. The California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority this week approved the credit on sales and use taxes that Tesla would have paid for equipment to expand its production of electric cars and power trains. Photos: The world's most beautiful cars  "I'm pleased we could take this action to encourage Tesla to expand its electric vehicle production in California, which will create green jobs and improve our air quality," said state Treasurer Bill Lockyer, who chairs the agency's board.
February 2, 2010 | By Jim Tankersley
America's wind energy industry enjoyed a banner year in 2009, thanks largely to tax credits and other incentives packed into the $787-billion economic stimulus bill. But even though a record 10,000 megawatts of new generating capacity came on line, few jobs were created overall and wind power manufacturing employment, in particular, fell -- a setback for President Obama's pledge to create millions of green jobs. Obama has long pitched green jobs, especially in the energy, transportation and manufacturing fields, as a prescription for long-term, stable employment and a prosperous middle class.
May 1, 2012 | By Dan Turner
It is in the nature of politicians to keep making the same mistakes over and over again, especially if they're the kind of mistakes favored by a lawmaker's key financial backers. Yet the award of an important rail-car contract Monday by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board to a company that submitted the best bid for the job -- but isn't the most politically connected -- is a rare and wonderful demonstration that L.A. leaders have the capacity to learn. Rail cars are a touchy subject in L.A., at least to anyone who remembers what happened in 2009.
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