Will New Water Tunnel Tax Submerge Angelenos?

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Brenna Norton: The tunnels would deliver more water to California’s biggest corporate agribusinesses and oil companies in the Central Valley, while southern California taxpayers and ratepayers would get most of the bill and no new water.

Frack Is Wack

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Lauren Windsor: Environmental activists in LA gathered on May 30 to launch Californians Against Fracking and to deliver a petition with over a 100,000 signatures for banning fracking to Gov. Jerry Brown.

Fracking America’s Food Supply

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Walter Brasch: Fracking — the process the oil and gas industry uses to extract fossil fuel as much as two miles below the ground—may directly impact the nation’s water supply, reduce water-based recreational and sports activity, and lead to an increase in the cost of food.

The MPG Illusion

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Catherine Wolfram: Consumers are likely purchasing both too many gas guzzlers and too many super-efficient plug-in hybrids, and avoiding vehicles with mid-range MPG ratings more than they would if they weren’t under the MPG Illusion.

Jerry Brown’s Energy Diplomacy

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Tom Hayden: While Obama is seeking a geopolitical pivot to project US power toward China, Brown is seeking a different pivot through energy conservation away from the gathering threat of climate change.

Iraq or Renewable Energy: We Had Our Choice

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Paul Gipe: As the country continues struggling with the moral dimension of its action in invading Iraq, what has become clear is the staggering cost to future Americans and the opportunities forsaken here at home.

Could California Legislators Halt Fracking?

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Dan Bacher: Despite intense political pressure by the oil industry, the Assembly Natural Resources Committee on April 29 approved three bills proposing to halt fracking, a controversial method of oil and natural gas extraction, in California.

Keystone Pipeline Landowner Rights

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Walter Brasch: “The gas companies pay a one-time fee for your land, but you lose the right to utilize it as anything more than grassland forever. . . . You can never build on those easements. They took my retirement away by eminent domain.”

Urban Farming — An Idea Whose Time Has Come

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Urban farming is taking root because it makes sense. It conserves dwindling water supplies, makes little plots of land productive, reduces food bills, provides healthy produce free of salmonella and chemicals and gets people off the couch and in motion.

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