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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The Federal Advisory Committee Minces no Words

By Roy L Hales

Justin Gillis, of the New York Times Green Blog, titles his introduction to the recently released Federal Advisory Committee Draft Climate Assessment Report” as “An Alarm in the offing on Climate Change.” Personally, I find it reminiscent of a modern day Book of Revelation – only many of the predicted calamities are aimed directly at me and mine. The message is not new. Some scientists have been warning us about Climate change for decades. What is new, is that this is a Government report which, Gilllis writes, “minces no words”. He adds a note of caution, that “it is a draft, so we don’t know what final language will make it into the report.”
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San Diego’s Residential Solar industry Booming

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Much to the apparent chagrin of California’s three public utilities companies, residential solar is booming. According to the Vote Solar Initiative, 1,400 megawatts (MW) of PV installations are now operating on the homes or businesses of 134,000 Californians. In a recent study, they conclude that, the benefits to ratepayers in SCE, PG&E, and SDG&E territories will be around  $92.2 million a year “by the time the state’s net metering program is fully subscribed at 5% of peak demand.” Two thirds of these installations are in low and median income neighbourhoods.
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Global Day of Action, Solidarity & Resurgence

By Sarah Hales-Reid

With drums, round dance and prayers supporters of the ”Idle No More” movement met in Downtown San Diego, on January 1, in a demonstration of solidarity with the movement that has spread across North America and beyond. According to the San Diego Free Press about 75-100 people attended and, “It was a good, multicultural, cross section of San Diego humanity. All coming together to respect Native treaties, rights and ways.”(01/07/2013) Indigenous peoples, environmentalists and allies alike have been organizing flash mobs, peaceful protests and dance circles.
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Telsa Model S Has Arrived In New York

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The Tesla Model S drove into New York City at 2:20 am, Eastern Time, this morning. That was when Peter Soukup tweeted, “If I can make it here, I can make it anywhere and we made it! Electric Road Trip S successfully finished in NYC, final mileage 4887!”  They came the long way: driving south from Portland to LA, across the Southern states to Georgia and then north along the Atlantic Coast to New York. Peter Soukup, Tina Thomas and Luba Roytburd  have proven it is possible for an EV to drive across the United States and, in the process, set a World Record for road trips in an EV.
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