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Experts tell panel why gas is so expensive in California

"California is in a precarious position, being an energy island with the Sierra Mountains on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other side. The 40,000,000 million gallons of transportation fuel being consumed every day by the present 32 million vehicles are only manufactured here in California by the few refineries that are left, as virtually no other state or country can provide our boutique fuels in a timely manner to California. If and when other state or countries opt to manufacture the California boutique fuels, the results of importing our energy needs via trucks, rail and ships from States and Counties that have less stringent environmental controls than California, would be increases to the world’s greenhouse gasses, and increases in costs for our transportation fuels, energy and every product that are the basis of our standard of living for those living in California. With crude oil imports from Alaska on the decline, and both in-state and offshore exploration of crude oil hampered by regulations and also on the decline, California imports more than 50% of its crude oil needs from foreign countries. Most of the USA is decreasing imports of crude oil from foreign countries as they take advantage of domestic oil production. In fact, in 2016, Congressional Leaders Agreed to Lift the 40-Year Ban on Oil Exports so the USA is now an exporter of crude oil. HOWEVER California is increasing their imports of crude as the California “energy island” has no access to the growth in domestic oil production, other than crude by rail. There are more cost effective sources of crude oil from the Midwest and Canada, but because we are an energy island, we have no access to them other than bring the crude in by rail. Crude by rail projects have been stalled by regulations and long approval cycles. Nothing seems to prevent California’s future crude oil needs to be more than 50% dependent on imports from foreign countries."

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Congress passes 'Electrify Africa Act'

"Just what the voters want, since the U.S. has solved all its financial problems and has money to burn. By all mezans, keep us up to date on members of Congress supporting this boondoggle as election season approaches."

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AP source: NFL committee picks combined site over Rams' bid

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California focuses on power lines as top cause of wildfires

"And when the insurance companies refuse to pay or refuse to renew policies of homeowners in affected areas, who is left holding the bag?"

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Funding and subsidies worry potential partners in California's bullet train project

"Thirty six high level transportation companies respond and not a single one answers the plea to participate financially. Does that send a clear message to our Governor, Legislature, and citizenry about the reality of this HSR program?"

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 Opinion: Is it OK to be a woman and not vote for Hillary Clinton?
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 State Dems' ambitious plan to keep fossil fuels in the ground

WASHINGTON — Even as the U.S. Supreme Court dealt a huge setback to President Obama’s climate agenda by delaying rules to limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants, two California Democrats opened a major new front in the global ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Hillary Clinton, global warming, Jared Huffman, water
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 'Disgrace' isn't a strong enough word to describe Coastal Commission meeting

If you've got a clothespin handy, you should clip it to your nose. I'm now going to tell you about the 12-hour California Coastal Commission meeting I sat through Wednesday in Morro Bay. When the spectacle was over, members of one of the most ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, David Evans, Carole Groom, Susan Jordan, Susan McCabe
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 Can Inglewood's NFL-fueled turnaround be a success if its schools are failing?

Laura Rosales, mother of three, lives blocks from the site of Inglewood's planned NFL stadium. Watching the fast-moving construction of a futuristic complex that is expected to bring thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in tax revenues to the ... »Read

In this article: Los Angeles Unified School District, Tom Torlakson
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 A Concrete Plan to Make Black Lives Matter

Mychal Denzel SmithThis is a plan for pressuring whoever is in office, whether they are sympathetic to the causes of racial and economic justice or not. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, minimum wage, sick leave
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 Feinstein water bill could help with California's drought"if House GOP gives it a chance

As an attempt to balance many competing interests, the water bill that California Democrat Dianne Feinstein introduced in the Senate last week appears well-thought-through and carefully crafted — and as such it is being greeted by many with the ... »Read

In this article: Drought, Dianne Feinstein, water
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 Essential California: What former Sheriff Baca told investigators

Good morning. It is Saturday, Feb. 13. Here’s what you don’t want to miss this weekend: TOP STORIES Lying to investigators: In a confidential interview with federal prosecutors, former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca portrayed himself as a ... »Read

In this article: Leroy Baca, Jose Huizar, Edwin M. Lee
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 Opinion: Is it OK to be a woman and not vote for Hillary Clinton?

Good morning. I'm Paul Thornton, The Times' letters editor, and it is Saturday, Feb. 13. Tomorrow is marathon day in Los Angeles, so be sure to avoid these streets if you're traveling by car. Speaking of slow, never-ending, painful races ... ... »Read

In this article: Leroy Baca, Jerry Brown, Hillary Clinton
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 Can South Carolina Live Down To Its Reputation?

In modern times, no state has a record for vicious presidential primary politics to match South Carolina. “In South Carolina, meanness is a political virtue,” former John McCain advisor Steve Schmidt said earlier this week on MSNBC. “This ... »Read

In this article: George W. Bush, eminent domain, Carly Fiorina, Newt Gingrich, John F. Kerry, John McCain, Mitt Romney, Steve Schmidt
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 With Porter Ranch-area leak halted, gas company prepares for the legal battles

The L.A. County district attorney slapped it with criminal charges. Los Angeles city and county officials filed accusations of ill-prepared crews and public injury. The state attorney general added claims of irreparable environmental damage. And the ... »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, greenhouse gas, Kamala Harris
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 SoCal Gas plugs leaking natural gas well

Infrared video taken Friday confirmed that a Southern California gas company has stopped the flow of natural gas leaking from a well at a facility near Los Angeles. »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Barbara Boxer, Jerry Brown
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 Death penalty continues in a death spiral

California death penalty exists in concept, not realityVoters dumped Rose Bird 30 years ago, thinking it might speed executionsBrown’s new appointees uphold death sentences, but little else changes … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Michael Allen, Jerry Brown, Kathryn Mickle Werdegar
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