Rancher Jon Pedotti walks on the cracked remains of a parched lake bed of his 1,561-acre ranch located along San Simeon Creek in the Santa Lucia Mountain foothills of Cambria, California during a drought on October 1, 2014. (Photo: Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Posted in Climate change Politics Water

Groups call on CFTC to shut down water futures market

“In this time of global-warming-induced drought in California, the last thing we need is to gamble on our precious water resources.” by Julia Conley, Common Dreams December 21, 2021 Warning Wall Street against commodifying what has…

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Posted in Investigations Utilities

Utility companies owe millions to California regulatory agency. The problem? The agency can’t track what it’s owed.

When a whistleblower alleged that $200 million was missing from the California Public Utilities Commission, the agency says it took steps to collect. Yet an audit uncovered more missing money and cited flaws in the agency’s…

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Posted in Analysis Environment Pro Publica Toxic Chemicals

Oil Companies Are Profiting From Illegal Spills. And California Lets Them.

California may be a global leader on combating climate change, but state regulators have allowed companies like Chevron to make millions from inland oil spills that can endanger workers and damage the environment. by Janet Wilson,…

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Satellite image showing Western fires. September 9, 2020.
Posted in Climate change Common Dreams Environment News The West Wild Fire

West continues to face deadly flames compounded by heatwave, blackouts, and coronavirus

‘Entire Western US on Fire.’ Seventy wildfires raged across California, Oregon, Washington, and other western states on Wednesday. by Julia Conley, staff writer Wednesday, September 9 A record-shattering heatwave, continuing wildfires, power blackouts, and the coronavirus…

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Mendocino Complex fire August 8, 2020.(Tasmanian News photo.)
Posted in Analysis Climate change Common Dreams Wild Fire

Fires have burned record 2 million acres in California this year

And still two months to go in fire season A spokesperson for CAL FIRE called the news “unnerving,” noting that “September and October are historically our worst months for fires.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Tuesday,…

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A sign warning people about Covid-19 is surrounded by flames during the Hennessey fire near Lake Berryessa in Napa, California on August 18, 2020. The Hennessey fire has merged with at least 7 fires and is now called the LNU Lightning Complex fires. Dozens of fires are burning out of control throughout Northern California as fire resources are spread thin. (Photo: by Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images)
Posted in Climate change Common Dreams Environment News Wild Fire

‘Lightning siege’ sparks hundreds of fires in California as new flames overwhelm resources

“Throughout the state of California right now, we are stretched thin for crews.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Thursday, August 20 Authorities in California announced Wednesday evacuations for thousands of people as multiple wildfires left firefighters…

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