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Sunday feature & Photo: For Mayor Romero, 1 million planted trees in city admittedly a ‘big effort’

Posted by   /  February 16, 2020  /  Energy and Environment, Featured News  /  No Comments

New stormwater infrastructure will allow the city to plant trees “all over town” in a way that doesn’t use large amounts of potable water, says James MacAdam of Tucson Water./Ron Medvescek / Arizona Daily Star 2019 By Justin Sayers | Arizona Daily Star As part of her promise to create an aggressive citywide climate resiliency […]

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Arizona House passes industry-backed pre-emption bill to keep natural gas flowing

Posted by   /  February 13, 2020  /  2020 Legislature, Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

Tucson opposes the bill, arguing that it would undermine the city’s sovereignty. /SD Kirk via Flickr By Elizabeth Whitman | Phoenix New Times An industry-backed bill that would curb the ability of Arizona’s cities and towns to mitigate climate change at the local level sailed through the Arizona House of Representatives on Wednesday afternoon. If […]

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Opinion: APS made a huge bet on solar — and the case that it needs some competition

Posted by   /  February 12, 2020  /  Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

APS.com Arizona Public Service wants to focus on renewable  APS says it will go carbon-free by 2050. That’s a big bet that captive ratepayers shouldn’t have to cover. By Robert Robb | The Republic  (Editor’s note: Opinion pieces are published for discussion purposes only.) The announcement by Arizona Public Service that it will transition to providing […]

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Regional News: What happens if California takes Pacific Gas & Electric?

Posted by   /  February 11, 2020  /  Energy and Environment, Regional News  /  No Comments

One by one, bondholders, insurers and most wildfire victims have signed onto PG&E’s plan for emerging from bankruptcy reorganization. Only Newsom now stands in the company’s way — and he has threatened a public takeover if big changes aren’t made at California’s largest utility.  GEYSERVILLE, CA – OCT. 25: Gov. Gavin Newsom tours a home […]

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Judge sides with opponents of Rosemont copper mine, overturns wildlife analysis

Posted by   /  February 11, 2020  /  Courts/Law, Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

El Jefe on remote-sensor camera in 2005/Center for Biological Diversity By Ian James | Arizona Republic  A judge on Monday overturned a key government approval for a proposed copper mine in Arizona’s Coronado National Forest, ordering federal wildlife officials to redo their analysis of potential effects on jaguars and other endangered species.   The ruling by […]

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Legislators propose governor, not voters, choose utility regulators; Rose Law Group Co-Founder Court Rich finds proposal ‘surprising’

Posted by   /  February 11, 2020  /  2020 Legislature, Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

Arizona Corporation Commissioners ask questions of Arizona Public Service executive Don Brandt in September. Tom Tingle/Arizona Republic pool camera By Elizabeth Whitman | Phoenix New Times An Arizona legislator is proposing that the state’s five energy regulators be appointed by the governor, instead of elected by voters as they are now. The suggested change would […]

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Judge sides with opponents of Rosemont copper mine, overturns wildlife analysis

Posted by   /  February 11, 2020  /  Energy and Environment, Real Estate  /  No Comments

The proposed Rosemont Mine’s site / Mamta Popat / Arizona Daily Star 2013 By Ian James | Arizona Republic A judge on Monday overturned a key government approval for a proposed copper mine in Arizona’s Coronado National Forest, ordering federal wildlife officials to redo their analysis of potential effects on jaguars and other endangered species. […]

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Arizona regulators don’t know what to do about summer shutoffs

Posted by   /  February 10, 2020  /  Energy and Environment  /  No Comments

By Elizabeth Whitman | Phoenix New Times 75 years old and rely on Social Security. Every month, a relatively generous government check of $1,000 arrives for you. After paying $700 in rent for your budget one-bedroom apartment in Phoenix, you split the remaining $300 between out-of-pocket medical expenses, food, toilet paper, and utility bills. Occasionally, […]

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Regional News: The toxic legacy of old oil wells: California’s multibillion-dollar problem

Posted by   /  February 10, 2020  /  Energy and Environment, Regional News  /  No Comments

Of particular concern are about 35,000 wells sitting idle, with production suspended, half of them for more than a decade. Mark Olalde | Reporter and Ryan Menezes | The Los Angeles Times Across much of California, fossil fuel companies are leaving thousands of oil and gas wells unplugged and idle, potentially threatening the health of […]

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Regional News: Trump apparently reverses position on Nevada nuclear waste dump

Posted by   /  February 8, 2020  /  Energy and Environment, Regional News  /  No Comments

Nevadans have opposed Yucca Mountain for decades  This undated image shows the entrance to the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository located in Nye County, Nev., about 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas./ AFP/Getty Images By MarketWatch President Donald Trump on Thursday appeared to reverse his position on a proposal to create a national nuclear waste […]

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