The San Francisco resolution calls for: * A ban on dangerous fracking and well stimulation in federal and state waters off the California coast; * No new federal oil and gas leases in the Pacific, Atlantic or Arctic oceans or the eastern Gulf of Mexico …
Last week, we published an article recounting a journalist’s demo drive of GM’s (Cruise Automation’s) self-driving vehicle tech. The drive was conducted in San Francisco and the most humorous bit seemed to be that a double-parked taco truck managed to stump the unit — for a minute or so, after which the backup driver took over instead of waiting around for a move from the self-driving tech
The US Coast Guard and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response responded to the report of the capsized and sunken 112-foot freight barge, Vengeance, leaking diesel fuel and hydraulic oil, south of the Bay …
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Diesel fuel and hydraulic oil are leaking into the San Francisco Bay after powerful winds capsized a freight barge near the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge on Friday. Authorities said they are preparing to clean a maximum of 4,000 gallons of diesel fuel …
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Diesel fuel and hydraulic oil are leaking into the San Francisco Bay after powerful winds capsized a freight barge near the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge early Friday. Authorities say they are preparing to clean a maximum of 4,000 …
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In addition to the documented toxicity of wastewater, its repeated injection deep into the Earth has been scientifically proven to stimulate major seismic events. EPA Plans to Allow Unlimited Dumping of Fracking Wastewater in the Gulf of Mexico …
fracking wastewater – BingNews
Many of those who live in apartment complexes in the San Francisco area will soon have access to solar-powered electric vehicle (EV) charging stations (equipped with battery storage) thanks to a new initiative put together by a startup named Powertree Services, which is utilizing Panasonic batteries. As per the new program, 68 apartment building complexes throughout San Francisco will
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Oil spill from big rig closes two lanes on EB I-580
KTVU San Francisco
An oil spill from a damaged big rig tanker has closed two lanes and an onramp on eastbound Interstate Highway 580 east of Livermore Wednesday evening, according to the California Highway Patrol. The spill was reported just before 3:30 p.m. just east of …
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Keystone XL pipeline foes warn of heavy-crude oil spills
San Francisco Chronicle
Washington –. As the State Department readies its final environmental review of the Keystone XL pipeline, foes of the project are pressuring the Obama administration to pay attention to the challenge of mopping up spills of the heavy crude set to flow …
State Department urged to look at Keystone pipeline cleanup challenges
Keystone XL foes want focus on spill clean up
Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing is one of the awesomest clean energy programs out there. Basically, here’s the summary: 1) your solar power system (or energy efficiency upgrade) is financed through government-issued bonds*; 2) you pay the bonds back through higher property taxes for a decade or two to come; 3) you save more money on your electricity bill from day 1 than you pay in higher property taxes. Furthermore, if you decide to sell your house, the beneficial system just carries over to the new owner.
PACE financing started in Berkeley in 2008. In 2009, Vice President Joe Biden planned to roll it out across the United States. Then, in 2010, the Federal Housing Finance Agency cut the program off at the knees all across the nation with the claim that the loans posed an unacceptable risk to mortgage lenders, even though the program allowed homeowners to cut their electricity bills and electricity is one of the last things people decide to stop paying when in financial difficulties. The argument was based on the fact that the PACE loans attached to the properties as liens, which would make paying them back a priority over paying back mortgage lenders.
Despite no change in perspective on behalf of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, PACE programs have started to resurface across the US, including in the giant and sunny states of Florida and California. In the case of California, a $ 10 million fund has been set aside just in case a bank forecloses on a home with PACE-funded solar or energy efficiency improvements in order to take care of any losses that federal agencies would face in that case.
GreenFinanceSF, San Francisco’s PACE program, is now supposed to relaunch in early 2014. San Francisco Supervisor Mark Farrell has introduced a resolution to re-open the program and get back on the PACE wagon.
Notably, over 100 California cities have implemented PACE through the HERO Program, part of Renovate America, which was set up in response to the death knell to conventional PACE programs that was delivered by the Federal Housing Finance Agency. In April, as we reported at the time, the number was 41. In Western Riverside County, California, where HERO (which stands for Home Energy Renovation Opportunity) was launched in 2011, over $ 100 million worth of projects have been approved, involving over 530 contractors and created an estimated 2,500+ jobs. Talk about an economic success story!