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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 vanguard of a......read more

No on Prop. 23

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Stop dirty energy interests from interfering with California's plans for a green economy. Vote NO on Prop. 23.

Four years ago, California passed a clean air law (AB 32) that holds polluters accountable and requires them to reduce air pollution that threatens human health and contributes to climate change. AB 23 has launched California to the forefront of the clean-tech industry, sparking innovation and clean energy businesses that are creating hundreds of thousands of jobs. Now, a coalition of......read more

Opportunity Lost

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Don't let dirty oil interfere with California's plans for a green economy. Vote NO on Prop 23.

Passed four years ago, California's landmark clean air law (AB 32) is designed to reduce air pollution that threatens human health and contributes to climate change. The law has launched California to the forefront of the clean-tech industry, sparking innovation and clean energy businesses that are creating hundreds of thousands of jobs. Now, a coalition of out-of-state oil refiners are......read more

Men in Yellow

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Stop corporate polluters from blocking clean energy progress in California. Vote NO on Prop. 23!

California's landmark clean air law (AB 32) is designed to reduce air pollution that threatens human health and contributes to climate change. The law has launched California to the forefront of the clean-tech industry, sparking innovation and clean energy businesses that are creating hundreds of thousands of jobs. Now, a coalition of out-of-state oil refiners are spending millions to push......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 have direct......read more

Doesn't Matter How You Get There

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Just get there! This Tuesday, vote NO on Prop. 23. A SHFT PSA directed by Jonathan Glatzer.

Our final PSA in the No on Prop. 23 campaign, Doesn't Matter How You Get There, is a poppy light hearted reminder in the old get-out-the-vote spirit. Jonathan Glatzer — who also directed our Men In Yellow spot for this campaign — played with environmentally conscious modes of transportation for Californian's on their way to the polls. The concept came from Jared Ficker, the man......read more

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