2012

SFGate.com For years, California has suffered sudden jumps in the price of gasoline. The latest price spike, which peaked this week, briefly saw some stations charging $5 for regular. Now critics warn that one of the state’s policies to fight global warming could make the situation worse. Business groups are

Not satisfied with a $60 billion new energy tax, disguised as a cap-and-trade auction and pegged to increase gasoline prices by 70 cents a gallon. Not satisfied with an untested “low-carbon” fuels regulation that will likely reduce refinery capacity in California (and we just saw how well that works outfor California). Now, the Air Resources

Less than 0.1% of vehicles on American roads burn the natural gas of any type today and the percentage sagged slightly from 2005 to 2010. Aggressive environmental regulations have pushed many governments, municipal vendors (trash and bus) and some businesses to seek ways to comply with stringent regulations to reduce

Contrary to what some may think, AB 32, the “Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006,” has nothing to do with air pollution as it has been classically defined. AB 32 is the California Legislature’s attempt to deal with the worldwide problem of global warming by using regulations and market mechanisms

Refinery problems send California gas prices skyrocketing When Errol Emrich drove by a Shell station in his San Jose neighborhood last weekend, regular gas was selling for $4.05 a gallon. On Monday Oct. 1, it was $4.15. On Tuesday, $4.25. And this weekend? Analysts say it could reach a whopping $4.40.

While voters’ attention is being diverted to the three major statewide tax increase measures on the November ballot, Propositions 30, 38 and 39, many taxpayers are about to be hit below the belt by local politicians, who are just as anxious to get their hands on more cash as are

Misconduct Widespread in Retracted Science Papers, Study Finds Last year the journal Nature reported an alarming increase in the number of retractions of scientific papers — a tenfold rise in the previous decade, to more than 300 a year across the scientific literature. Other studies have suggested that most of

(credit: kadluba via flickr.com) HESPERIA (CBSLA.com) — A UC Riverside study found that commercially cooked hamburgers cause more air pollution than diesel trucks. The study, which focused on commercial charbroilers found in burger restaurants, said the equipment generates grease, smoke, water vapors and combustion products, which emit a large amount of

DMV NEWS Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States. Identity thieves can gain access to a wide variety of personal information by hacking computers, stealing mail and wallets, and resorting to other scams to trick people. Once these thieves get hold of your personal

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District is learning the hard truth behind Kermit the Frog’s lament “It’s Not Easy Being Green.” In the midst of writing its plan for how the valley can achieve the most recent clean air standard handed down by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency