San Diego’s improving Unemployment Figures & Gridlock

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1You may not have realized it, but San Diego’s gridlock situation is getting better. According to the latest INRIX gridlock Index, traffic congestion has dropped 24% between February 2012 and 2013. That is bucking a National trend. The gridlock in New York, Chicago and Phoenix has jumped 18% to 20% and there has been a 10% increase across the US.
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Tesla is on a roll

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Tesla Motors has grown in the two years since they opened their first retail outlet in San Jose. The La Jolla store, in University Towne Center, is one of many that followed. On March 21, the 3,000th Model S was registered in California. The company’s operations now span four continents.
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A. O. Reed receives the 2013 SDGE Trade Professional Award

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1A.O. Reed & Co. has been recognized by San Diego Gas & Electric (SDGE) for excellence in Energy Efficiency.  The 2013 SDGE Trade Professional Award was received at the “Trade Professional Forum”, on March 7th.  The company’s roots go back to 1914, when Albert and Harry Reed opened up a small plumbing business. Continue reading A. O. Reed receives the 2013 SDGE Trade Professional Award

Does selling off our resources make us an energy superpower?

Originally Published by the David Suzuki Foundation

By David Suzuki

Energy is on everyone’s minds these days. Prime Minister Stephen Harper is determined to make Canada an energy superpower, fuelled mostly by Alberta’s tar sands.
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An inspiration for First Nations: Journey of Nishiyuu

By Sarah Hales-Reid

After over two months and 1600 kilometres (approx. 994 miles) of walking, the journey of Nishiyuu  – a Cree word meaning “the people” – reached Canada’s Parliament Hill, in Ottawa, on Monday, March 25. That same day, Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, formally welcomed eight First Nation communities into Canada’s First Nations Land Management regime. Co-incidence? or a recognition that Canada must satisfy some of the growing demands of its aboriginal peoples.
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Thanks to a California Energy Commission grant, Buster Biofuels is getting much bigger

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1For the past three years, Escondido based Buster Biofuels has been growing through a series of strategic agreements with hundreds of neighboring restaurants and businesses. Disneyland, Petco Park (home of the San Diego Padres) and Legoland are among their better known customers. Busters collected used cooking oil, which they transformed into Biofuel. One of their pilot projects involved supplying the San Dieguito Union High School District with a B20 (20% Biofuel) blend  that fueled two busesUp until now their ability to refine this oil was limited, so they focused on the collection end and primarily outsourced production. A $2,641,723 grant from  the California Energy Commission has changed that. Continue reading Thanks to a California Energy Commission grant, Buster Biofuels is getting much bigger

Biggest Ever Earthquake In Oklahoma Is Linked To Oil Wastewater Injection

Originally Published by Clean Technica

By Tina Casey

While the emerging link between natural gas fracking and earthquakes has been grabbing a lot of attention, another problem has been bubbling up under our feet: a series of earthquakes in normally calm areas has been traced to conventional oil drilling operations. In particular, Oklahoma has been hit by a string of unusual earthquakes over the past couple of years, including the biggest one ever recorded in the state, a magnitude 5.7 tembl or near Prague on November 6, 2011. The quakes are ongoing and in the meantime a study co-authored by researchers from Columbia University and the U.S. Geological Survey has uncovered positive evidence that wastewater from an active oil drilling operation was being pumped into a set of abandoned oil wells, putting increasing pressure on a documented fault nearby that finally “jumped” under the stress.
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The Bay Delta Conservation Plan

From the San Diego County Water Authority

What’s the latest?

On March 27, the California Natural Resources Agency released chapters five through seven of the preliminary draft Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP). The plan proposes new water intakes and tunnels and habitat restoration to reverse the decline of native fish populations in the Delta and provide reliable water deliveries for two-thirds of California’s population and much of the state’s agricultural economy.
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The World’s tallest Dam Raise

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The tallest dam raise in the United States, and the tallest roller-compacted concrete dam in the World, is under construction in San Diego County. An extra 117 feet has been added to the San Vicente dam, more than  doubling the reservoir’s storage capacity. This increases the San Diego County Water Authority’s ability to store water until it is needed in dry spells and also enables them to keep a contingency reserve in case an emergency, such as an earthquake, cuts off the city’s imported water supplies.
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