The Fast that Inspired Idle No More is Over

By Roy L Hales

Chief Theresa Spence and elder Raymond Robinson did not start the “Idle No More” movement, which is so closely associated with their names. It began as a reaction to the Harper Government’s Bills C-38 and C-45 which, according to the Canadian Awareness network, made it easier for the Canadian government to control reserve land and reduce the environmental protection of millions of lakes and rivers. Chief Theresa Spence came to the forefront on December 11, when she pitched a tipi in the nation’s capital. Spence and Robinson remained there for 44 days. Now, the fast that Inspired Idle no more is over.
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San Diego Unified School Board Passes Resolution Regarding San Onofre

By Roy L Hales

The San Diego Unified School Board has passed a resolution calling for an adjudicated license amendment process by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on the restart of the defective San Onofre nuclear reactor proposed by Southern California Edison. The resolution was introduced by the Board’s Vice President Kevin Beiser and fellow Board member Richard Barrera and passed by a 4:1 vote. The only dissenting vote was made by a Board member who said there were more significant health and safety issues that impacted district students.
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Do We Need More E85 Stations In California?

By Roy L Hales

On January 16, 2013, the California Energy Commission awarded San Diego based Pearson Fuels $1.35 million. This money will be used to install E85 – an 85% blend of corn ethanol with conventional fuel  – in 19 more Californian gas stations between San Diego and Lake Tahoe. In their press release, Pearson claims this  “project will displace approximately 2,754,218 gallons of gasoline per year as well as reduce greenhouse emissions by approximately 25,082 tons per year”. Continue reading Do We Need More E85 Stations In California?

The US Needs a Renewable Energy Policy

By Roy L Hales

“The clean energy industry is gathering momentum around the world. Innovation and investment are helping to reduce the cost of solar, wind, and other emerging technologies. Countries and companies are working to harness the economic opportunity associated with these new products, and deployment of clean energy technologies is accelerating globally. In the United States, however, the outlook is less positive.”
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The wind at Ocotillo

By Roy L Hales

In case their are any doubts, the Imperial Valley Press carried a video of the controversial Ocotillo Wind Express’ turbines in action. The last 18 turbines will be installed next Spring. “The Ocotillo Wind project is a shining example of achieving local, state and national energy goals, while being the first renewable project to connect to the Sunrise Powerlink,” said Mike Garland , CEO of Pattern Energy, said in a recent press release. The $530 million project still faces opposition from environmentalists, Ocotillo residents, and  Kumeyaay Indians. There have been numerous lawsuits.
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