Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Tuesday, Nov. 19, and I’m writing from Los Angeles. Newsletter Get our Essential California newsletter Wilma Mears was fed up when I talked to her a few weeks ago in Marin City. This was during the last Pacific Gas & Electric Co. blackout at the end of October. It was chilly out, and we were sitting at a folding table in a big, white resource tent — the same kind of generator-equipped resource tent that had popped up in church and school parking lots around Northern California that week, as an intentional blackout of unprecedented scale darkened wide swaths of the state. Mears, who is 67, was wrapped in a fuzzy blanket and cuddling her small dog while she charged her cellphone and electric mobility scooter at the tent’s outlets. Advertisement “This is just degrading,” she said. “It’s embarrassing.” By that point, she’d been without power or hot … [Read more...] about Newsletter: More PG&E power outages likely to begin Wednesday
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PLACERVILLE (CBS13) — Communities in the Foothills are back on the list for a potential power safety shutoff this week. It would be the fifth time this year for many people. This time around, keeping warm when the power is off is a big concern. “I live in a house that only has one source of heat and that’s electric. So when I have no electricity I have no source of heat and it gets very cold,” said Kelly Brophy. Brophy is preparing to endure another power shutoff while caring for her elderly mother. She said just bought her Thanksgiving turkey, which may now go to waste depending on how long this next outage lasts. “I haven’t even thought that far yet. I don’t know, I just got it,” she said. READ MORE: PG&E Notifies 264,000 Customers In 22 Counties About Possible Power Shutoff Wednesday Theresa Zimmer lives in Pollock Pines and has a generator that powers her whole home. She said she worries how the cold and loss of food could … [Read more...] about Foothill Communities Prepare For PG&E Power Outages Amid Cold Temperatures
Congratulations to BBC Environment Correspondent Matt McGrath who has just won a €100K prize from the BBVA Foundation for ‘his extraordinary capacity to communicate complex environmental issues and science’… …Or, as Ben Pile more cynically suggests, as a reward for lazily and uncritically regurgitating press releases favourable to the interests of the Green Blob. For “his extraordinary capacity to communicate complex environmental issues and science” — i.e. to get quotes from scientists and omit any shred of nuance from complex debates — McGrath received a €100K gift from the green blob. https://t.co/9RFy4kpnAs — Ben Pile (@clim8resistance) November 15, 2019 I can understand Pile’s cynicism. The idea that any environment correspondent in the employ of the BBC should deserve any kind of award for their journalism is laughable. It has been many years since the BBC showed any interest in covering climate change … [Read more...] about Delingpole: Green Blob Bungs BBC Environment Reporter €100K ‘Prize’
The newest Ford Mustang made a splash when it was unveiled this weekend. An all-electric SUV, the vehicle has enough room for a cooler under its hood and can reportedly accelerate from zero to 60 in well under four seconds. But one of the biggest changes it could usher in might have more to do with the autoworkers it ultimately displaces, as the assembly of electric cars requires just a fraction of the workers needed for traditional vehicles. And as more automakers pivot toward electric vehicles, the news that Ford's iconic brand would be ditching a fuel-powered engine for a battery-run system underscored how far along the electric car revolution has come in the United States. Electric cars represent a significant step toward reducing reliance on fossil fuels and carbon emissions that scientists say are beginning to wreak serious havoc on the world. About 1 million workers are employed in auto manufacturing, primarily for vehicles with internal combustion engines, out of about 12.8 … [Read more...] about The new Ford Mustang is electric. But battery-powered cars raise complicated questions for workers.
A shift in financial attitudes is taking place between middle-class military families and their civilian counterparts, with growing concerns over sequestration motivating servicemembers to stick to their frugal ways even as the improving economy is inspiring some members of the general population to warm up to spending.An ongoing research initiative that looks at how financial attitudes have changed since the economic downturn reveals that just one in four middle-class military families (senior NCOs and commissioned officers in pay grades E-6 and above with household incomes of at least $50,000) display a mindset associated with more liberal spending behaviors. Meanwhile, these same attitudes are becoming more prevalent in the general population, where they are now held by roughly a third of consumers.Called "Free Spirits," these spendthrift consumers made up just 25 percent of middle-class households in 2009 and 2010 during the depths of the economic downturn. Their numbers rose … [Read more...] about Servicemembers Stick With Frugal Ways As Other Americans Warm Up To Spending, First Command Reports