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California Faces Water Rationing, Governor Proclaims Drought Emergency

California Faces Water Rationing, Governor Proclaims Drought Emergency

SACRAMENTO, California, February 27, 2009 (ENS) – Parched California is a step closer to mandatory water rationing today as Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger proclaimed a state of emergency and ordered all government agencies to implement the state’s emergency plan and provide help for people, communities and businesses impacted by the third consecutive year of drought. “This…

Schwarzenegger Promotes Green Rules to Climate Leaders

Schwarzenegger Promotes Green Rules to Climate Leaders

POZNAN, Poland, December 8, 2008 (ENS) – Green rules and regulations will help both the climate and the economy, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today told UN delegates gathered in Poland at The Climate Group’s second annual States and Regions Climate Leaders Summit. “States and provinces have long been at the forefront of developing green technologies…

Southern California Edison Completes First of 150 Solar Rooftops

Southern California Edison Completes First of 150 Solar Rooftops

FONTANA, California, December 1, 2008 (ENS) – The roof of a distribution warehouse in Fontana is now covered with 33,700 advanced thin-film solar panels, making it the largest single rooftop solar photovoltaic array in California and the nation’s largest solar installation program by a utility. Southern California Edison unveiled the completed solar roof today as…

Governor Schwarzenegger Convenes Governors' Global Climate Summit

Governor Schwarzenegger Convenes Governors' Global Climate Summit

LOS ANGELES, California, November 18, 2008 (ENS) – In Los Angeles today, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger welcomed hundreds of attendees from more than 50 states, provinces and countries to the Governors’ Global Climate Summit. At the end of their two-day meeting, participants are expected to sign a declaration outlining their plans for turning climate goals into…

National Ignition Facility Promises Endless Carbon-Free Power

National Ignition Facility Promises Endless Carbon-Free Power

LIVERMORE, California, November 11, 2008 (ENS) – Forty miles east of San Francisco, scientists are constructing a miniature Sun within a stadium-sized building at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Called the National Ignition Facility, it will use 192 of the world’s most power lasers to ignite a hydrogen fuel pellet, fusing its atoms, and producing…

Solar Powers Staples Center Events, Green Cuisine Factory

Solar Powers Staples Center Events, Green Cuisine Factory

LOS ANGELES, California, October 28, 2008 (ENS) – The famous sports and entertainment venues at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles are about to go solar in a push to advance sustainable energy practices. Highlighting companies and facilities that are going green, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today installed the last of 1,727 solar panels on…

Mirrors Up at New California Solar Thermal Power Plant

Mirrors Up at New California Solar Thermal Power Plant

BAKERSFIELD, California, October 23, 2008 (ENS) – Turning a long line of mirrors to catch the California sunshine, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today fired up the first solar thermal power plant built in California in nearly 20 years. The new Kimberlina concentrating solar thermal power plant in Bakersfield was built by Ausra Inc., a large-scale solar…

EcoDriving: What Is It?

EcoDriving: What Is It?

California’s Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, came to power in his environmentally concerned state in part because he believed that people and the government need to do something about climate change. While Governor Schwarzenegger has committed California to many government programs that advance the cause of a healthier environment, he is also exhorting people to do what…

California First in Nation to Enact Green Chemistry Program

California First in Nation to Enact Green Chemistry Program

SACRAMENTO, California, September 30, 2008 (ENS) – California will reduce or eliminate hazardous chemicals in consumer products and the environment under legislation signed Monday in Los Angeles by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. The two bills enable the state to take more responsibility by 2011 for identifying and regulating dangerous chemicals and for analyzing safer alternatives. Governor…

U.S.-Mexico Border Governors Strategize to Green Their Economies

U.S.-Mexico Border Governors Strategize to Green Their Economies

HOLLYWOOD, California, August 14, 2008 (ENS) – At the opening of the annual U.S.-Mexico Border Governors Conference Thursday at Universal Studios in Hollywood, host California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said he felt right at home. “I actually started my movie career right here at Universal Studios,” he told his nine fellow governors. “It was Universal Studios…

Pacific Coast Governors Embark on Ocean Action Plan

Pacific Coast Governors Embark on Ocean Action Plan

SACRAMENTO, California, July 29, 2008 (ENS) – The governors of California, Oregon and Washington Tuesday announced the details of their plan to address ocean and coastal management issues such as polluted runoff, oil spills and marine garbage along the West Coast. The West Coast Governors’ Ocean Action Plan is the result of a 2006 agreement…

Chino Hills Earthquake Felt Far and Wide

Chino Hills Earthquake Felt Far and Wide

LOS ANGELES, California, July 29, 2008 (ENS) – A 5.4 magnitude earthquake struck near the Los Angeles suburb of Chino Hills just before noon today, causing strong shaking and a power outage but just minor damage. The quake was felt from Arizona to Nevada. The epicenter of the quake was located about 28 miles east-southeast…

California Officials Propose $9.3 Billion Water Bond for November Ballot

California Officials Propose $9.3 Billion Water Bond for November Ballot

SACRAMENTO, California, July 15, 2008 (ENS) – California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein of California jointly announced a proposal Thursday to address a severe water shortage in California by borrowing $9.3 billion to increase water storage, conveyance and conservation. Their bond proposal requires voter approval, and needs a two-thirds majority vote of…

California Governor Activates Excessive Heat Emergency Plan

California Governor Activates Excessive Heat Emergency Plan

SACRAMENTO, California, July 7, 2008 (ENS) – In view of National Weather Service forecasts of temperatures in the 90s and 100s for much of California during the rest of the week plus concerns over increased levels of smoke and air pollution from hundreds of wildfires, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today directed state agencies to implement Phase…

Big Sur Evacuated as Wildfires Race to the California Coast

Big Sur Evacuated as Wildfires Race to the California Coast

SACRAMENTO, California, July 2, 2008 (ENS) – A new mandatory evacuation order has been issued for the entire scenic town of Big Sur on the central California coast as wildfire jumped a fire line today and now advances toward the town. The evacuation order applies to about 850 residents who live in a 10 mile…

'Together' Launches U.S. Campaign to Fight Climate Change

'Together' Launches U.S. Campaign to Fight Climate Change

NEW YORK, New York, June 6, 2008 (ENS) – On Thursday, in observance of World Environment Day, businesses, U.S. cities nationwide and nonprofit organizations joined with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to launch Together, a consumer engagement campaign on climate change. Together is an initiative of…

Dry California Officially in a State of Drought

Dry California Officially in a State of Drought

SACRAMENTO, California (ENS) – After two straight years of below-average rainfall, low snowmelt runoff and the largest court-ordered water transfer restrictions in state history, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Wednesday proclaimed a statewide drought, the first official drought since 1991. The state’s final snow survey of 2008 conducted in May showed snowpack water content at only…

California Public Transit Advocates Urge No Funding Cuts

California Public Transit Advocates Urge No Funding Cuts

SACRAMENTO, California, May 13, 2008 (ENS) – As gasoline prices creep towards $4 a gallon and Californians look for relief, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has the opportunity to give commuters a break this week in the May Revise to his FY08-09 state budget proposal. Public transportation advocates are focused on the governor and legislature’s commitment to…

Tejon Ranch Agreement Conserves California's Wild Heritage

Tejon Ranch Agreement Conserves California's Wild Heritage

TEJON RANCH, California, May 9, 2008 (ENS) – The publicly traded Tejon Ranch Co. and five environmental groups have agreed to permanent conservation of 90 percent of the giant ranch, the parties announced Thursday. In exchange, the Tejon Ranch is guaranteed the right to proceed with its existing development plans in three locations along the…

Tons of Trash Cleared Off Santa Cruz Island

Tons of Trash Cleared Off Santa Cruz Island

VENTURA, California, May 5, 2008 (ENS) – This week, a major cleanup project is being completed on Santa Cruz Island, the largest of the eight Channel Islands, which lies 25 miles off the coast of California’s Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Tons of non-recyclable waste from years of ranching operations had accumulated at a dump…

Feds Give L.A. $213 Million to Cut Traffic Congestion

Feds Give L.A. $213 Million to Cut Traffic Congestion

LOS ANGELES, California, April 25, 2008 (ENS) – A plan to cut highway traffic jams and provide better bus transit services is eligible for more than $213 million in federal congestion reduction grants, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters said today during a visit to this car-dependent city. The grant will allow local leaders to…

Governors Call for Federal-State Climate Change Partnership

Governors Call for Federal-State Climate Change Partnership

NEW HAVEN, Connecticut, April 18, 2008 (ENS) – Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell today led 20 Democrat and Republican governors from across the country in signing the Governors’ Declaration on Climate Change at the 2008 Conference on Climate Change at Yale University. The Declaration is founded on three principles. First, that a federal-state partnership is…

California's Top Environment Official in China

California's Top Environment Official in China

SACRAMENTO, California, April 17, 2008 (ENS) – Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has sent the head of the California Environmental Protection Agency to Beijing to participate in events that support China’s efforts to address climate change. Cal/EPA Secretary Linda Adams says she arrived in Beijing today to hazy skies, “the Sun actually darkened by dirty air.” “But…

Old Hand Picked as California's Next Fish and Game Head

Old Hand Picked as California's Next Fish and Game Head

SACRAMENTO, California, April 16, 2008 (ENS) – California’s new director of the Department of Fish and Game is likely to come to the job out of a retirement that lasted only a few months. If confirmed by the state Senate, Donald Koch would lead the agency he served for 30 years. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today…

California Wants More Hydrogen Fueling Stations

California Wants More Hydrogen Fueling Stations

SACRAMENTO, California, April 15, 2008 (ENS) – California is seeking experienced and qualified teams to compete for part of $7.7 million that will be spent to construct and improve hydrogen-fueling stations in the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas. The Air Resources Board is dispensing the funds to advance Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Hydrogen Highway initiative…