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Giuliani says Trump will likely start preparing for a sit-down with Robert Mueller. Also on the rundown: A new report says SNAP changes would require a massive expansion of bureaucracy; and in the West, there's a win for sage grouse.

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Public News Service - CA: Energy Policy

Oil facilities on several man-made islands off of Long Beach and Seal Beach have racked up 293 state violations since 2015.(Donielle/Wikimedia Commons)

LONG BEACH, Calif. – Offshore oil operations in southern and central California have racked up almost 400 violations over the past three years – according to an examination of public records done by the Center for Biological Diversity. The group's research showed that regulators found

Mati Waiya, a Chumash elder, is leading the effort to defeat a power plant on the banks of the Santa Clara River in Santa Paula. (Chris Jordan-Bloch/Earthjustice)

SANTA PAULA, Calif. - Lawyers for a Chumash nonprofit want to make sure the proposed Mission Rock gas-fired power plant is dead - and not just put on hold, as the company behind the project has requested. The Wishtoyo Foundation filed a motion Friday with the California Energy Commission to termina

The Trump administration wants to upend a plan to protect the Southern California desert that took 8 years to negotiate. (bigwest1/iStockphoto)

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. — Tomorrow is the last day to register your opinion on whether or not to reopen the Desert Renewable Energy and Conservation Plan, which set aside land for solar, wind and geothermal development as well as for wildlife habitat and ATV use. The land-use plan covers mo

Environmental advocates want the Trump administration to block a permit to expand a Bay Area oil refinery. (Jason Pfeifle)

SAN FRANCISCO – Protesters took to the streets of San Francisco on Monday, to denounce the possible expansion of an oil refinery in the North Bay town of Rodeo – a decision they say was taken behind closed doors. Documents from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District show that Phi

Advocates of changing the way biofuels are made say current standards encourage rampant deforestation in places like Argentina, where farmers are clearing land illegally to grow soybeans. (Jim Wickens/Ecostorm)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Conservation groups are speaking out in favor of a new bill in Congress on biofuels, to reform the nation's renewable fuels standard and steer it away from ethanol and biodiesel. The GREENER Fuels Act would wind down the ethanol mandate and invest billions to reclaim far

Conservation groups say new offshore oil drilling on the Pacific coast would be especially harmful to whales, seals and sea lions. (BOEM)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Trump administration has proposed opening up almost all federal waters to oil and gas drilling, including the California coast – and the one and only public hearing in the state takes place Thursday afternoon in Sacramento. A coalition of opposition groups is p

Conservation groups are fighting a proposal to build a natural-gas unit at the Puente power plant in Oxnard. (Earthjustice)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California could reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050 - that's the prediction by a panel of clean-energy experts gathering in Sacramento today. The panel is part of the "Right to Zero" campaign by the environmental legal nonprofit Earthjustice. Staff attorney Paul Cor

California petitioned Congress to be able to implement new, more efficient light-bulb standards two years before the rest of the country. (Alvimann/Morguefile)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Light bulb! Here's an idea – experts say Californians can save money and energy by choosing Light Emitting Diode (LED) or Compact Fluorescent (CFL) bulbs. And starting Jan. 1, the incandescent bulbs that have been around since Edison's time will be illegal to man

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