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Energy Efficiency 2.0: A New Definition Underway In California

featuring Dian Grueneich, Hoover Institutionvia Energy Collective (Blog)
Wednesday, March 25, 2015

What does energy efficiency mean to you? Does it mean replacing old light bulbs with energy-stingy LEDs? Is it a remodeling project that installs double or triple pane windows? Does it include upgrading appliances like air conditioners and refrigerators to take advantage of Energy Star ratings and utility rebate programs?

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Jerry Brown's Three-Point Energy Plan Appeases Only Democrats

by Bill Whalenvia Orange County Register
Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Jerry Brown is California’s longest-serving governor, not to mention one of its more arcane chief executives in recent times. Brown doesn’t do many in-depth interviews; he cares little for insights into his political psyche.

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The Enviro-Favoritism That's Keeping California Less Green

by Carson Brunovia Real Clear Markets
Thursday, March 26, 2015

In a previous RealClearMarkets column, I asked whether California could actually get any greener than it currently is. This matters when we remember that Golden State politics are increasingly centered on who can propose the most aggressive environmental plan. But what California's elected leaders often ignore when "keeping up with the environmental Joneses" are the facts.

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How Feckless Bureaucrats Threaten The Development Of Safer Foods

by Henry I. Millervia Forbes
Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The recent regulatory approvals of genetically engineered potatoes and apples with consumer-friendly traits are a welcome development, but unscientific, excessive and hugely expensive regulation systematically prevents research institutions from commercializing their innovations.

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Jerry Brown's California Water Welfare

mentioning Victor Davis Hansonvia
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Water: Amid California's drought, Gov. Jerry Brown has unveiled a $1 billion scheme packed with pork rather than the long-term planning and provisioning the crisis requires.

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How to Think about Energy and the Climate

with George P. Shultzvia Fellow Talks
Monday, March 16, 2015

Hoover fellow George Shultz discusses energy and issues that threaten our existence.

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Learning How To Practice Medicine—Virtually

quoting Caroline M. Hoxbyvia Atlantic
Friday, March 20, 2015

Yale is poised to join the list of top-tier universities now offering online master’s programs. Will these initiatives work?

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Governor Brown’s Gasoline Consumption Reduction Plan Offers Less than Meets The Eye

by Jeremy Carlvia Eureka
Monday, March 23, 2015

In one of the more memorable statements in his fourth inaugural address, Governor Brown pledged to ensure that California would cut the usage of petroleum in the state’s vehicles by up to 50 percent by 2030. While the Governor’s proposal got a lot of publicity, on closer examination, it figures to be far more sizzle than steak.

Podcast: The Eureka Podcast – “Jerry Brown, Environmental Visionary?”
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The Price of California’s Preoccupation with Renewables: Too Much of a Good Thing?

by Rob Lapsleyvia Eureka
Friday, March 20, 2015

In his annual State of the State address, Governor Brown outlined ambitious goals for taking California’s climate change policies to the next level. Historically, our state has held the position of groundbreaking leadership when it comes to aggressive environmental programs, so it comes as no surprise that Governor Brown wants to expand on this trend by enacting even more aggressive policies aimed at 2030 and 2050 climate change goals.

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California’s Clear, But Strenuous Path To Doubling Its Energy Savings By 2030

by Dian Grueneichvia Eureka
Friday, March 20, 2015

In January, Governor Jerry Brown announced a goal for Californians to double the planned level of savings from energy efficiency improvements in existing buildings by 2030 and develop cleaner heating fuels. Hitting these very high targets in just 15 years “will take great thought and imagination,” the Governor said, and “require enormous innovation, research and investment.”


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