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The Schwitchinator

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Schwarzenegger ends backing for offshore drilling.

Even though expanded drilling operations off the Santa Barbara coastline could have created $100 million dollars in California revenue, Governor Schwarzenegger has switched positions and no longer supports drilling expansion. This is one of the more positive responses to the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which is shaping up to be the worst in American history. If a Republican......read more

California to Ban Plastic Bags

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Move follows plastic bag prohibitions by several Californian cities.

In a move Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger called a "great victory for the environment," California will become the first US state to ban plastic bags. On Wednesday, state Assembly approved legislation prohibiting pharmacies and grocery, liquor and convenience stores from giving out plastic bags. Under the measure, shoppers who don't bring their own reusable bags to the store will......read more

The Most Solar Town in America

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Nipton, California taps the sun for its energy needs.

A small town on the border of the Mojave Desert is the new leader in solar energy. Nipton, California, a town of about 250 people, gets 85% of its electricity from a new 80 kilowatt solar project. This proves that renewable energy technology is already advanced enough to power our homes and lives, albeit maybe just in small towns for now. But the possibilities are endless, and as a gateway......read more

California's Energy Storage Bill

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Nation's first energy storage bill passed by the California Legislature.

The California Legislature has passed the nation's first energy storage bill, an important step in spurring the development of renewable energy projects. Energy storage is considered vital for renewable energy development because of the intermittant nature of wind and solar power. It allows utility companies to store renewable energy then utilize it later when demand is high. For example,......read more

California Bummer

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Statewide plastic bag ban voted down by California lawmakers.

Well, that sucks. The Democratic bill seeking to ban plastic shopping bags across California — a measure we at SHFT adamantly supported — failed in the state Senate late Tuesday night. It would have been the country's first statewide ban, although a few California cities already prohibit their use. With the bill's downfall, the state misses an opportunity to be at the......read more

Green Voting Guide

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The 2010 elections are upon us. Here's how to vote with the Earth in mind.

With 37 of the 100 seats in the Senate being contested and all 400 House seats up for grabs, the 2010 midterm election will mark a major shift in federal politics for the next two years. The environment — and particularly climate change — represents one of the most important issues at play. Here in California, there are several ballot measures in the gubernatorial election that......read more

Prop. 23 Squashed Out

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California voters present giant middle finger to Texas oil.

California progressives, pat yourselves on the back. Voters in America's most populous state have left no doubt how they feel about Texas oil companies' attempts to dictate their energy future. Proposition 23, the Dirty Energy Prop that we SHFTers have been railing against for the past few weeks, has been defeated by a wide margin. With 97 percent of the votes tallied, over 61 percent......read more

California Roaming

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On the road with photographer Elizabeth G. Brown.

Is it summer yet? It's barely halfway through February and we're already pining for our first summer road trip, even moreso after checking out this collection of pics from Elizabeth G Brown, in which the LA-based photographer captures her adventures rambling around California, enjoying the Great Outdoors. More "California Roaming" here....read more

California's Dismal Water Situation

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Scientists say state's water future is "bleak."

A team of experts asked to assess California's water situation have published their findings, and it ain't a pretty picture. "Our assessment of the current water situation [in California] is bleak," says an economist involved in the research. "California has essentially run out of cheap, new water sources." Not that we didn't already know that, but if we needed any confirmation, there it......read more

Tea Houses by Swatt Miers Architects

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Three small buildings in a Silicon Valley oak grove offer a quiet retreat

When the owner of a Silicon Valley property decided to renovate his family home, he also decided to make good on an idea he and his daughter shared: building treehouses in an oak grove on the edge of the property. While not exactly treehouses per se, these three tea houses nestled among the stands of oak should do the trick. Designed by Swatt Miers Architects, the glass-paneled tea houses......read more

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