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PG&E wants ratepayers to pay California wildfire costs

Published: 
Thu, 10/26/2017 (All day)

Fearing billions of dollars in future liability, PG&E has been aggressively urging state regulators to make it easier for the company to charge ratepayers — rather than its shareholders — when its power lines and other electrical equipment cause wildfires.

Top PG&E executives met as recently as last week to lobby officials at the state Public Utilities Commission in San Francisco over the issue, which could arise powerfully in coming months if the utility is found to be responsible for the Wine Country fires, a serious possibility that state regulators are now investigating.

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2014 off to hottest start on record for California

Published: 
Tue, 07/22/2014 - 1:39pm

The sun was so strong this year in Joe Del Bosque's cantaloupe fields that some of the melons could have used sunscreen.

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Gov. Jerry Brown issues new executive order on drought

Published: 
Mon, 04/28/2014 - 2:46pm
Category: 
Water

With every part of California suffering from the drought, Gov. Jerry Brown issued a new executive order on Friday in an attempt to provide some relief from the persistent dry conditions across the state.

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UN Scientific Panel Releases Report Sounding Alarm On Climate Change Dangers

Published: 
Mon, 03/31/2014 - 11:02am
Category: 
Energy

If the world doesn't cut pollution of heat-trapping gases, the already noticeable harms of global warming could spiral "out of control," the head of a United Nations scientific panel warned Monday.

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Obama to Propose Shift in Wildfire Funding

Published: 
Mon, 02/24/2014 - 10:25pm

President Obama’s annual budget request to Congress will propose a significant change in how the government pays to fight wildfires, administration officials said, a move that they say reflects the ways in which climate change is increasing the risk for and cost of those fires.