Energy Technology

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2014

    North County-Adjacent La Habra Heights Puts an Oil Fracking Ban Before Voters

    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.

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2014

    What the Frack is Going on in North Orange County is Subject of Symposium TONIGHT

    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.

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2014

    Fracking Educating Spreads to All of North County: Update

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2014

    Obama's Full Climate Denier Denouncing UCI Commencement Speech (with Reactions)

    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.

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2014

    The Straight Poop on Hyundai's Hydrogen Car

    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?

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2013

    Fracking, STD's, and You

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2013

    Fracking on the Fringes of Orange County, With Little Oversight

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2013

    SoCal Edison Demands Latino Advocacy Group Remove Online Video Supporting Rooftop Solar

    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., which is actually a coalition of groups that include The Other 98%, has responded by saying it refuses " ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2013

    Water Districts Weigh Fracking in Orange County

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2013

    Sierra Club Counters SoCal Edison and PG&E with Campaign Championing Rooftop Solar

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2013

    Coastal Commission Raises More Concerns About Surf City Desalination Plant

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2013

    Green Technology Makes OC Register See Red

    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 >>

  • News

    February 21, 2013

    Ace Hoffman Is Tilting at 'Nofre

    The anti-nuke activist has spent years fighting the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. Now, the impossible is on his horizon: its permanent shutdown

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2013

    Orange County Register Flambéed for Fawning Over Frickin' Fracking

    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.

  • Film

    January 3, 2013

    Matt Damon's 'Promised Land' Is a Fracking Film

    Gus Van Sant directs Damon and John Krasinski's (and Dave Eggers') message as the message

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2011

    San Onofre Nuclear Plant Targeted in Ballot Proposal That Can Start Collecting Signatures

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2011

    Scott Samuelsen, UCI Engineering Professor, Honored At White House Today

    UCI.eduScott Samuelsen​A 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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2011

    Is Your Car a Piece of Crap? Fight Back with a Poop-Powered Ride

    ​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.

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2010

    Obama Administration Announces Ban On New Offshore Drilling; Thank The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2010

    Inaugural CleanTech OC Conference Should Have Been Better Attended

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2010

    Hella This, NorCal: OC Beats You in Creation of Green Businesses

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2010

    Dana Rohrabacher's Latest Jewel

    Drill Dana Drill​Reducing 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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2010

    Calvert, Hedrick Get Into Slapping Fight over Oil Spill, 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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2010

    See, Hear and Experience the Green Evolution

    ​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.

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2010

    Poll: Californians Bullish on Green Technologies Despite Recession

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2010

    Obama's Oil Drilling Pipe Dream Harshes Surfrider's Mellow​The 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.

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2009

    Fire Up the Vanagon, They're Talking Nukes at San Onofre Again

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2009

    Clothes Lines: a Green Solution That's Been Clotheslined

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2009

    Californians Fare Best in NRDC Oil-Dependence Rankings

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2007

    Beach Break: Killing Nemo

    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 >>

  • News

    August 10, 2006


    One guys barehanded attempt to save the worldand pay just 60 cents for gas

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2006

    Drilling Bit Players

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2006

    Offshore Oil Drilling Deja Vu All Over Again

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2006

    Rohrabacher, Big Oil: a Match Made in Hell

    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 >>

  • Columns

    March 31, 2005


    I fell sorry for you!! How do you live with yourself?

  • News

    March 10, 2005

    The Cuban Solution

    San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station is running out of steam. But Edison has a crazy plan to save it.

  • Columns

    March 4, 2004

    No Blood for Wesson Oil!

    The futures so fried youve gotta drive green

  • News

    October 2, 2003

    Somebody Call Roto-Rooter!

    San Onofre nuke plant ranks No. 3 for possibility of meltdown

  • Features

    May 15, 2003

    Dude, Wheres My Electric Car!?!

    Can one activist fight off Detroit, Japan, Big Oil and the Bush administration to keep EVs alive?

  • News

    June 27, 2002

    San Onofre Nightmare Generating Station

    10 reasons we should say so long to SONGS

  • News

    July 26, 2001

    Alternative Groove

    Study shows sun, wind, geothermal power would solve 'crisis'

  • News

    March 29, 2001

    Fight the Power Plants

    Was electric deregulation cover for union-busting in power plants?

  • News

    February 15, 2001

    Hot Rods!

    Nuclear power gets a second look

  • News

    November 16, 2000

    Waste Central

    San Onofres nuclear waste aint going nowhere

  • Culture

    September 21, 2000

    Duck and Cover-up

    "Atomic City" Doesn't quite reveal the whole truth of our curious relationship with Nukes

  • News

    January 20, 2000

    Bitter Pill

    Anti-radiation pills may never be fashionable in California

  • News

    December 30, 1999

    Cancer Politics

    Radiation is good for youjust ask a scientist!

  • News

    February 4, 1999

    Prescription for Disaster

    If San Onofre is so safe, why are federal officials pushing anti-radiation pills on its neighbors?

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