Gov. Jerry Brown hopped around Europe for two weeks last month, telling the world that to avoid a climate change Armageddon, it should emulate what California is doing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As Brown was crusading in Europe, his Air Resources Board issued a report hailing California’s nearly 5 percent reduction in emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases in 2016 by companies governed by the state’s cap-and-trade system.
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When Assemblyman Jim Frazier, D-Oakley, state Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, and other legislative colleagues came to Walnut Grove for their first Delta Caucus investigating the finances of Gov. Edmund Brown Jr.’s twin tunnels plan, they were well prepared. They brought four state auditors and an economist, Jeffrey Michael, director of the Center for Business and Policy Research at the University of the Pacific in Stockton.
A week of destructive fires in Southern California is ending but danger still looms. Well into what’s considered the wet season, there’s been nary a drop of rain. That’s good for sun-seeking tourists, but could spell more disaster for a region that emerged this spring from a yearslong drought and now has firefighters on edge because of parched conditions and no end in sight to the typical fire season.
After more than a decade of studying wildfires, San Diego County took its final exams last week. Did we pass? Authorities say the region is far better equipped to handle swift, wind-whipped flames than it was during the firestorms of 2007 and ’03. “We’re about $460 million more prepared,” Supervisor Dianne Jacob said Friday, “both on the ground and in the air.”Officials cited better communication between fire agencies; more fire engines and air tankers on the front lines, day and night; and better tracking of the flames.