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April 22, 2008 | Margot Roosevelt, Times Staff Writer
Mirror, mirror on the wall: Who is the greenest of them all? Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has a plan to slash his city's planet-warming greenhouse gases to 35% below the 1990 level by 2030, and make L.A. the "cleanest and greenest city in the country." San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom has a blueprint to cut his city's greenhouse gases to 20% below the 1990 level by 2012, creating "the greenest large city in the United States of America."
April 20, 2008 | Margot Roosevelt, Times Staff Writer
Fighting global warming is the feel-good cause of the moment. But in California, the self-congratulation that followed the 2006 passage of the nation's first comprehensive law to curb emissions of planet-warming greenhouse gases is fast turning to acrimony. A ferocious behind-the-scenes brawl over how to regulate electricity plants, the biggest source of carbon dioxide after motor vehicles, has pitted Southern California's public power generators against its for-profit utilities. Why?
April 6, 2008 | DeeDee Correll, Times Staff Writer
Hundreds of drivers here will serve as guinea pigs in a test that's part sociology experiment, part environmental advocacy and part Driver's Ed 101. It poses the question: When motorists see how their own aggressive driving burns gasoline, will they stop the tailgating, hard braking and speeding that increases their fuel consumption and contributes to greenhouse gas emissions? Sponsored by EnCana Corp.
February 28, 2008
Two Southern California water providers have joined with six other agencies nationwide to form an alliance to promote the study of climate change and how water providers can adapt to it. The coalition includes the Metropolitan Water District, which imports water and sells it to water agencies serving 18 million people throughout Southern California. Members also include water providers for Denver, New York City, Portland, Ore., San Diego County, San Francisco, Seattle and southern Nevada.
December 26, 2007 | Elizabeth Douglass, Times Staff Writer
Can an oil refiner double fuel production and cut greenhouse gas emissions at the same time? The task is so daunting that no U.S. refiner has even attempted it. But Jeff Morris is proposing to do exactly that with the two Southern California refineries his company bought last year. Morris is chief executive of Alon USA Energy Inc., which purchased Paramount Petroleum Corp. and Edgington Oil Co. for a combined $460 million.
December 21, 2007 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
Environmentalists voiced confidence Thursday that California's bid to strictly limit greenhouse gases will survive a regulatory veto from the Bush administration, but the state's legal challenge first will have to go through an appeals court that tilts in favor of the federal government and industry. Often, those who want to sue can choose where to file their claims.
December 13, 2007 | Ken Bensinger, Times Staff Writer
In a major defeat for automakers, a federal judge in Fresno ruled Wednesday that California could set its own standards on greenhouse-gas emissions from vehicles. But the state still needs permission from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to implement the rules. "Both EPA and California . . . are equally empowered through the Clean Air Act to promulgate regulations that limit the emissions of greenhouse gases, principally carbon dioxide, from motor vehicles," U.S.
December 5, 2007 | Margot Roosevelt, Times Staff Writer
Charging the Bush administration with a "gross dereliction of duty," California Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown said he would petition the Environmental Protection Agency today to crack down on rising aircraft emissions that contribute to global warming. "This is a battering ram," said Brown, who is joined in his petition by four states, New York City, the District of Columbia and Southern California air pollution officials. "Climate change is the most important environmental issue facing the U.S.
December 3, 2007 | Alan Zarembo, Times Staff Writer
In the Kyoto Protocol's accounting of greenhouse gases, the former Eastern bloc is a smashing success. Russia: Down 29% in carbon dioxide emissions since 1990. Romania: A 43% reduction. Latvia: A resounding 60% drop. Reductions such as those across Eastern Europe were the main reason the United Nations was recently able to report a 12% drop in emissions from the accord's industrialized countries over the 1990-2005 period. It was an illusion.
November 29, 2007 | James Gerstenzang, Times Staff Writer
The Bush administration reported a small drop in greenhouse gas emissions for the United States last year, the first decline since 2001, but the emissions still represented a sizable increase over the last decade and a half. The gases, including carbon dioxide, are widely blamed for global warming. The Energy Information Administration said that in 2006 the United States released 1.5% fewer tons than in 2005.
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