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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

"The headline is completely contradicted by the article itself. What's the reality here?"

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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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 Dems jockey to succeed Brown

The competition to replace Gov. Jerry Brown in 2018 has already heated up, with five prominent California Democrats already campaigning or angling to throw their hat in the ring. Along with Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who sought to get ahead of the pack ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, John Chiang, Kevin Faulconer, Gavin Newsom, Thomas F. Steyer, Ashley Swearengin, Antonio Villaraigosa, Steve Westly
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 Gov. Brown 'had no plans' to intervene, his aide said before coastal panel's vote to fire Charles Lester

Two members of the California Coastal Commission met with Gov. Jerry Brown's top advisor nearly two weeks before the panel voted to fire its executive director and were told the governor did not plan to intervene, the chairman of the commission ... »Read

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 Scalia's Death Spotlights Essential Issue of 2016

Saturday night’s Republican debate in South Carolina, surprise, surprise, played out as yet another episode of “Survivor.” Oh sure, the harshest and most bitter debate exchanges to date made for pretty good political entertainment, but for our ... »Read
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 Farmers dig in their heels to stop bullet train

The California High-Speed Rail project rumbled through the news cycle again last week. Farmers objecting to their land being taken for the train’s path appeared in court Thursday before Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny, ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, eminent domain, High-Speed Rail, Legislature
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 Analyst, professor weigh on Supreme Court vacancy

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A week before the crucial GOP primary in South Carolina, the Republican presidential candidates met for another debate Saturday night. Gone were Gov. Chris Christie and Carly Fiorina, who each dropped out following the New Hampshire contest. The ... »Read

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 Obama says he'll nominate a replacement for Scalia

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 Public meeting Tuesday on Barstow area water pollution

BARSTOW >> Water regulators are planning a public meeting Tuesday here about perchlorate and nitrate pollution in a sparsely populated nearby community. The discovery of the perchlorate problem at this location in 2010 caused then Gov. »Read

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 Effort to seal the formerly leaking well near Porter Ranch makes progress

The effort to permanently seal the leaking gas well that fouled the air above Porter Ranch for 31/2 months reached a prosaic stage Saturday. 'We're waiting for the cement to dry,' said Don Drysdale, a spokesman for the state Conservation Department, ... »Read

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 Antonin Scalia's death should strengthen Ted Cruz's case for the GOP nomination

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 Orange County conservative a hero for marijuana advocates

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In this article: Sam Farr, Dana Rohrabacher
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 Politics Amid Praise As Lawmakers React to Scalia's Death

Lawmakers reacted with shock and sorrow to the sudden death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on Saturday, but condolences quickly gave way to politics as leaders debated how quickly to replace the conservative stalwart. »Read

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 Internal Affairs: San Jose Councilman Tam Nguyen resigns from State Bar

San Jose Councilman Tam Nguyen has resigned from the State Bar of California after being hit with eight charges for failing to pay a client an insurance settlement from a personal injury case. »Read

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 Marcos Breton: Elections should inspire, not incite

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In this article: Hillary Clinton, Kevin Johnson, Kim Mack, Barack Obama, Chris Young, Chris Young
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 Awash in cash, state's marijuana businesses can't take it to the bank

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 Capitol Report: Social media swiftly digests Scalia news and spits out successor speculation

Reports late Saturday that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, known for his steadfast conservatism and the sarcastic tone of many of his opinions, had been found dead in Texas were quickly followed up on Twitter by speculation as to the future ... »Read

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 Move would let 16-year-olds vote in some California races

In a polished speech on the steps of the state Capitol, Revolorio-Keith said her activism is muted by her inability to bring change the democratic way — at the ballot box. “We would be the first state in the nation to change our Constitution to ... »Read

In this article: Kim Alexander, John Avalos, Lorena Gonzalez, Legislature, Robert Stutzman
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 Benicia commissioners deny Valero's crude by rail application

Going against the recommendation of city staff, the Benicia Planning Commission on Thursday denied a permit that would have allowed Valero Benicia Refinery to transport crude oil by rail. »Read

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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

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