18 states representing 140 million people sue the Trump administration to defend clean car rules

May 2, 2018 by  
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California is leading a coalition of states representing around 43 percent of the car market in the United States to sue Donald Trump’s administration . The 18 states say the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) “acted arbitrarily and capriciously” in attempts to weaken Barack Obama-era car emissions rules. California governor Jerry Brown said in a news conference, “This is about health, it’s about life and death. I’m going to fight it with everything I can.” The states joining today’s lawsuit represent 140 million people who simply want cleaner and more efficient cars. This phalanx of states will defend the nation’s clean car standards to boost gas mileage and curb toxic air pollution. ? https://t.co/6t4sHygNT5 — Jerry Brown (@JerryBrownGov) May 1, 2018 New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Washington, Oregon, and the District of Columbia join California in suing the EPA and Administrator Scott Pruitt . The states seek to “set aside and hold unlawful” the EPA’s attempts to weaken fuel economy standards adopted in 2012 that take effect in 2022. They say the EPA violated the Clean Air Act and didn’t follow its own regulations. Related: EPA set to repeal Obama-era rules for cleaner cars “The federal standard the states are suing to protect is estimated to reduce carbon pollution equivalent to 134 coal power plants burning for a year, and save drivers $1,650 per vehicle,” the states said. The Trump administration said the standards were too stringent, according to The New York Times , and moved forward legally with the aim of reopening them. The EPA hasn’t offered proposed new standards but has drafted new regulations that would weaken the rules post-2020. The publication also said after executives from the Big Three — General Motors, Ford, and Fiat Chrysler — visited the White House to request emissions rules that were more lenient, Trump’s administration began to try and roll back the standards. Safe Climate Campaign director Dan Becker told The New York Times, “This is California saying: You really want war? We’ll give you war. It’s a signal to the administration that they’re not going to get away with anything in this space.” + Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. Via The New York Times Images via Depositphotos and Daniel McCullough on Unsplash

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Tipoon’s tiny home on wheels triples in size with the push of a button

May 2, 2018 by  
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Travel campers : they’re here to stay, and they’re becoming better than ever. Case in point? French startup Tipoon’s new mobile and modular camper pod triples its size with the push of a button. The startup says the easy-to-tow, lightweight, and expandable Tipoon Travel Machine can switch between three modes—closed, half open, and fully open—in mere seconds. Designed to sit atop a utility trailer , the Tipoon Travel Machine measures approximately 5.5 feet in height and 5.5 feet in width when closed for transport. When switched to the ‘open’ mode, both sides expand to increase the width to 10.5 feet and the height to 8.4 feet. The half-open position is designed for temporary stopovers. This remote-controlled expansion also comes with a manual crank backup. Tippon Travel Machine is crafted with an insulated poly-composite mono bloc shell with a galvanized subframe. It’s designed as a standalone pod that can be removed from the trailer and stored in a garage when not in use. The unit itself is between 13.5 and 14.8 feet in length. Related: Airstream launches its first-ever fiberglass camper for under $50K The interior is available in four configurations: single sleeper, two-bed sleeper, king-size sleeper, and dining area, as well as a bathroom with a shower, sink and toilet. Transforming and space-saving furniture make the most of the small footprint, as seen beneath the fixed bed, where a dining table, benches, and even storage slide out. With deliveries planned for this year, the company estimates a base price starting at €24,000 (approximately $30,000). Tipoon is finalizing its pricing and equipment lists and is accepting pre-launch reservations now. + Tipoon Via New Atlas

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"Have to have see-through," says Trump of border wall

March 14, 2018 by  
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President Donald Trump stopped in Otay Mesa during his trip to California to inspect eight prototypes of the potential border wall . His feedback? “You have to have see-through,” Trump told reporters, according to CBS Los Angeles . “You have to know what’s on the other side of the wall. You could be two feet away from a criminal cartel and you don’t even know they’re there.” If we don’t have a wall system, we’re not going to have a country. Congress must fund the BORDER WALL & prohibit grants to sanctuary jurisdictions that threaten the security of our country & the people of our country. We must enforce our laws & protect our people! #BuildTheWall pic.twitter.com/NGqNueukvj — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 13, 2018 Trump examined 30-foot border wall prototypes during his first trip to California since he won the election. The San Diego Union-Tribune reported he preferred a combination of a see-through wall topped with steel or rounded concrete to make it harder for climbers to scale. Archinect said there were solid, opaque options as well as four other materials, non-concrete prototypes Trump appeared to favor. Related: Artists are turning the U.S.-Mexico border fence into the world’s longest peace-themed mural The president said, “If you don’t have a wall system, we’re not going to have a country. There’s a lot of problems in Mexico , they have the cartels. We’re fighting the cartels, we’re fighting them hard.” Trump also addressed criticism about the border wall from California’s governor, Jerry Brown , saying he thinks the governor “has done a very poor job running California” and “the place is totally out of control.” “You have sanctuary cities where you have criminals living in the sanctuary cities,” he said. Brown responded on Twitter , saying bridges are better than walls. ? Thanks for the shout-out, @realDonaldTrump . But bridges are still better than walls. And California remains the 6th largest economy in the world and the most prosperous state in America. #Facts — Jerry Brown (@JerryBrownGov) March 13, 2018 The San Diego Union-Tribune said hordes of both supporters and critics gathered throughout San Diego, and people were largely peaceful, but for shouting insults at the other side, and a Mexican flag was torn and almost burned. CBS Los Angeles said people peacefully protested Trump’s visit, chanting, “No ban! No wall!” Via CBS Los Angeles , The San Diego Union-Tribune , and Archinect Image via U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Flickr

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California governor signs measure to end captive orca breeding

September 14, 2016 by  
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Close to six months after SeaWorld CEO Joel Manby said the entertainment company would stop breeding their killer whales , California Governor Jerry Brown made it official. On Tuesday he signed a measure ending the breeding of captive orcas . SeaWorld will no longer be allowed to breed the animals, and the company is tossing out plans to expand their San Diego killer whale habitat. There are SeaWorld parks in San Diego, San Antonio, and Orlando. Although the company ceased plucking orcas from the sea nearly 40 years ago, SeaWorld still owns 29 of the majestic creatures. Five were caught from the wild. The company says the animals they have currently will be the ” last generation of killer whales at SeaWorld .” Related: SeaWorld finally announces plan to stop breeding Orcas In a statement, PETA vice president Tracy Reiman said, “Future generations of orcas will not endure the deprivation, stress, and frustration of being trapped in a tiny concrete tank.” The entertainment company will keep the killer whales currently at their facilities ” under the best veterinary care .” New “natural orca encounters” focusing on education, research, and conservation will replace theatrical programs. SeaWorld had considered plans for “Blue World,” a $100 million expansion to their San Diego killer whale habitat, but now said they won’t move forward with the project. According to SeaWorld , “The killer whale research we conduct has direct benefit for science. The animals in our care allow researchers, biologists, and conservationists to better understand and conserve these remarkable animals in the wild.” The company faced pressure after the documentary Blackfish and the deaths of three orcas during six months at San Antonio last year. Concern followed the revelation the company was still having Tilikum, the subject of Blackfish , continue performing in the midst of a life-threatening sickness . Activists and animal rights organizations criticized the way SeaWorld has treated captive orcas. Via Reuters Images via Wikimedia Commons and GreyHobbit on Flickr

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California finally declares emergency over LA-area gas leak

January 7, 2016 by  
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Inhabitat has previously reported on an extensive and ongoing natural gas leak in the Los Angeles area. Now, over two months since the problem began, California Governor Jerry Brown has declared the persistent natural gas leak to be an emergency that urgently needs to be addressed. The governor said that Southern California Gas Co’s efforts to close the underground leak have not been effective, and alternative methods of solving the problem must be explored. Read the rest of California finally declares emergency over LA-area gas leak

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This California city is building a water park during the state’s worst drought

August 19, 2015 by  
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In the city of Dublin, 35 miles inland from San Francisco , the municipality and its residents have been diligent about saving water. As California endures the worst drought in its history , children are taught water-saving measures in schools, while fountains are shut off and golf courses are kept green with recycled water. In many ways, the city exemplifies how a community can best respond to drought. Except for one major factor: Dublin is currently building a $43.8 million water park that will be filled with 480,000 gallons of water. Read the rest of This California city is building a water park during the state’s worst drought

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Man shatters slack line record 1,000 feet in the sky with zero safety gear

August 19, 2015 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. Spencer Seabrooke just shattered the highest slacklining record and confirmed all our fears of heights in one fell swoop. Conquering the 210-foot gap between two mountains in Squamish, BC seemed like no big feat for the professional daredevil from British Columbia. The video above shows him stepping carefully over the 951-foot drop – and expertly catching his falls – barely breaking a sweat. Read the rest of Man shatters slack line record 1,000 feet in the sky with zero safety gear

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California Considers Waiving Environmental Laws to Win Tesla Gigafactory

August 13, 2014 by  
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The office of California Governor Jerry Brown has revealed it is considering legislation to ease environmental compliance laws for Tesla Motors in an effort to woo the company to build its first Gigafactory in the state. Despite the electric vehicle manufacturer’s headquarters and assembly line already being based in California, the state lags behind the other four contenders in the competition to secure the Gigafactory development. However, given the green fanfare surrounding the Tesla end product, is making an exception to existing environmental legislation for the company really sending the right message? Read the rest of California Considers Waiving Environmental Laws to Win Tesla Gigafactory Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: California , California to waive environmental rules for Tesla , ceqa , electric cars , electric vehicle , elon musk , ev , Gigafactory , jerry brown , lithium ion battery , Tesla Motors

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California Governor Urges Water Conservation Amid Worst Drought in 500 Years

January 31, 2014 by  
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California drought / Shutterstock With no relief in sight for California ‘s worst drought in state history and the driest period for the region in more than 500 years , Governor Jerry Brown is urging residents to conserve water by turning off the tap when brushing teeth, not flushing the toilet more than needed and taking shorter showers. “Make no mistake, this drought is a big wakeup call. Hopefully it’s going to rain. If it doesn’t, we’re going to have to act in a very strenuous way in every part of the state to get through,” said Brown. “Every day this drought goes on, we’re going to have to tighten the screws on what people are doing.” Read the rest of California Governor Urges Water Conservation Amid Worst Drought in 500 Years Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: brushing teeth , California , Drought , dry , flushing , jerry brown , National Drought Mitigation Center , severe drought , showers , Sierra Nevadas , water issues , water shortage        

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State of Emergency Declared in San Francisco as Wildfire Threatens Public Utilities

August 25, 2013 by  
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As the 200 square mile ‘Rim Fire’ continues to grow across Northern California and into Yosemite National Park , Governor Jerry Brown has taken the unusual step of declaring a State of Emergency for the City and County of San Francisco . While the city sits a full 150 miles east of the wildfire, the blaze poses a sizable threat to San Francisco’s infrastructure. With some transmission lines already knocked out, Brown has raised concerns that not only could San Francisco’s power be impacted, but that further growth of the fire could threaten a reservoir that provides 85% of the water for the city’s 2.6 million residents. Read the rest of State of Emergency Declared in San Francisco as Wildfire Threatens Public Utilities Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Air quality , bay area , blackout , California , hydroelectric , infrastructure , jerry brown , Rim Fire , San Francisco , San Francisco Public Utilities Commission , sfpuc , state of emergency , wildfire , Yosemite        

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