As sides on both sides of the oil fracking debate solidify in North County, a North County-adjacent city council has placed a ban on drilling and fracking on the ballot.
County and water leaders may swear fracking ain't nothing but a thing, but there are several concerned North Countians who fear the oil extraction method may endanger their drinking water. Some of them will no doubt be out tonight for a symposium on the subject at Cal State Fullerton.
See the update at the bottom of Page 2 on Saturday's well-attended fracking forum in Brea and details on an upcoming event involving seven North County cities. ORIGINAL POST, JULY 18, 8:33 A.M.: It's doubtful anyone from Linn Energy, the major leaseholder in the Brea-Olinda Oil Field, will swing ... More >>
Amy Ridenour, chair of the conservative National Center for Public Policy Research think tank, obviously is not a fan of President Barack Obama's commencement speech to UC Irvine graduates at Angels Stadium Saturday.
We've previously told you about local research (at UC Irvine) into a fuel produced by a local source (your pee and poop, dear readers) that is collected by a local supplier (Orange County Sanitation District). But did you know there is a local connection to some of the actual test cars?
By now, most reasonably intelligent folks know that fracking pollution is capable of turning household faucets into flamethrowers. But a new report issued by the environmental advocacy group Food & Water Watch argues that fracking, which uses toxic chemicals to harvest oil and natural gas, can lead ... More >>
Early this month, the Weekly reported the gas drilling practice known as fracking has quietly been occurring around Orange County's borders. For just how long is hard to say, and pinpointing the exact number of companies who have engaged in the practice locally isn't easy. What is known is that fra ... More >>
Southern California Edison has sent a letter to a Latino advocacy organization demanding that a video linked to a rooftop solar campaign be taken down from its website and YouTube. Presente.org, which is actually a coalition of groups that include The Other 98%, has responded by saying it refuses " ... More >>
Mention the phrase hydraulic fracturing, and one pictures the dust-swept plains of North Dakota, or maybe Wyoming. But perhaps some would be surprised to know that the practice, known colloquially as fracking, is already taking place in Orange County's backyard, with future sites in the heart of the ... More >>
The Sierra Club today announced the launch of an online advertising campaign designed to extoll the benefits of rooftop solar in California--and to counter negative campaigns against the energy source foisted by Southern California Edison, Pacific Gas & Electric and San Diego Gas and Electric. But M ... More >>
If Poseidon Resources Inc. hopes to have its yet-to-be built Huntington Beach desalination rig online by 2017, it must answer several tough questions about its viability. That was the basic gist of a California Coastal Commission letter sent to company Vice President Scott Maloni last Monday. The si ... More >>
Media Matters for America, the progressive watchdog counterpart to Accuracy in Media, takes issue with an Orange County Register editorial that uses the financial woes of nearly dead electric car company Fisker Automotive to argue against government investment in green technology: "Despite the incre ... More >>
The anti-nuke activist has spent years fighting the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. Now, the impossible is on his horizon: its permanent shutdown
A media watchdog is barking about a recent Orange County Register editorial on an industry-friendly study boosting fracking, the controversial oil drilling technique critics fear causes earthquakes and groundwater contamination.
Gus Van Sant directs Damon and John Krasinski's (and Dave Eggers') message as the message
Signatures can be collected for a state voter initiative that would effectively shut down San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.California's only other operating nuclear power plant in Diablo Canyon would also be mothballed should such a measure pass.Ben Davis Jr., the Santa Cruz activist who fo ... More >>
UCI.eduScott SamuelsenA UCI professor got a White House nod today. Scott Samuelsen, who teaches mechanical, aerospace and environmental engineering, was honored as a "Champion of Change" in D.C for his innovations in hydrogen power and smog reduction. The honor comes after Samuelsen and ... More >>
Put the key in the ignition, press it forward, hear that click, then the bronchial "ruhr-ruhr-ruhr," then the mechanical whimper and finally this lament screamed into the overhead lamp: "This car is a piece of crap."Been there.Ironically, a piece of crap may soon power your car.
Hopefully not for at least another 7 years.In direct conflict with its previous proclamations, the Obama administration today announced that there will not be any further new offshore oil drilling along the Atlantic Coast, the eastern Gulf of Mexico or the Pacific Coast. At least, not for th ... More >>
If attendees took anything other than swag away from the inaugural CleanTech OC Conference & Expo in Irvine Monday, it was this: the green revolution is back, baby. After a red hot 2008, the clean technology industry was battered for a spell by the recession, but banks are back to lending, ve ... More >>
When it comes to the creation of green businesses, those BART-riding, granola-gnawing, patchouli-oiling earth muffins in Northern California have nothing on Orange Countians.According to the Environmental Defense Fund's map of California's Green Economy, Orange County's 275 green companies ar ... More >>
Drill Dana DrillReducing oil company offshore drilling will increase the number of offshore oil drill spills.--Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach) expressing his logic this week to The Orange County Register's Dena Bunis in an article outlining efforts by California Democrat senator ... More >>
calvert.house.govCalvert, right, with oil company lobbyist.The campaign staff for Democratic congressional candidate Bill Hedrick has made a habit this year of sending out near-daily e-mails documenting some reason why they thinks that incumbent Ken Calvert is a fat, corrupt, corrupt fatso. Hones ... More >>
The UC Irvine Libraries' spring exhibit "Green Evolution: Creating a Sustainable Future" kicks off with an energy expert talking about the revolutionary new ways power will be generated and vehicles will be propelled in our brave new future.
A recent statewide poll shows a majority of California voters support the state's landmark 2006 law that requires reducing greenhouse gas emissions and imposing fees on companies that emit these gases if most of the money collected is returned to state residents.The breakdown in the poll conducte ... More >>
oceanswavesbeaches.blogspot.comThe Surfrider Foundation released a statement today, expressing their disapproval of Obama's proposal to open areas of the Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic coastline and Arctic coastline to oil drilling and exploration. They are not stoked.
Pretty!The serious reconsideration of expanded nuclear power amid our uncertain energy future can mean only one thing: the resumption of serious protests against expanded nuclear power. With the San Onofre Nuclear Generation Station (SONGS) so close, and a public workshop and hearing about the pl ... More >>
They are an old-fashioned device that could save household energy as well as machine-damaed and worn-out clothing. Unfortunately, they are also banned in several U.S. communities. Just try installing a clothes line in Irvine or any Orange County gated community and see what happens. T ... More >>
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) just concluded a press conference in Washington, D.C., where the environment protectors released a report ranking states by: a) how vulnerable its citizens are to the combined effects of the economic downturn and changing oil prices and, b) significant ... More >>
Cut off from the powerful, cleansing waves of the Pacific ocean by a massive concrete breakwater, the gentle swells that lap the Long Beach coastline are so dirty that they were recently ranked the most polluted beach water in California by the Santa Monica-based environmental group Heal The Bay. Al ... More >>
One guys barehanded attempt to save the worldand pay just 60 cents for gas
Further proving that otherwise politically conservative Newport Beach has an environmental streak when it comes to its own shores (but no one else's): Rep. John Campbell (R-The Arches) joined Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Grove) as the only members of the Orange County congressional delegation to v ... More >>
We swear we already warned you about a congressional vote to drill off our coast, and then rejoiced with you when it was defeated. Yeah, wasn't it like two weeks ago? Never underestimate the power of Big Oil lobbyshits. Congress, obviously in need of a diversion from far more grave national matters ... More >>
Ah, Huntington Beach with its smelly smokestacks, oily bathtub-ring-like shoreline and human waste bobbing in the ocean. What's not to love? Your congressman, the esteemed Dana Rohrabacher (R-Abramoff), certainly showed he's got your back, Surf City-zens, as he voted just last night to let those poo ... More >>
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