SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday he wants to move the nation's most populous state away from hydraulic fracturing, a day after he fired the state's top oil and gas regulator for issuing twice as many fracking permits this year compared to last. "I don't think anyone that was paying attention, including the individual that's no longer there, is unaware of my position on fracking," Newsom told reporters. "I've been very explicit about it. The fact that they did not exercise consistency with that is one of the reasons he's not there." He fired state Oil and Gas Supervisor Ken Harris following reports the state Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources had doubled the fracking permits it issued in the first half of 2019, and that senior officials at the division held stocks in oil companies they were responsible for regulating. Newsom said he doesn't have the authority to put a moratorium on fracking, but that he wants to transition the state away … [Read more...] about California governor criticizes increase in fracking permits
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DES MOINES—The man knows how to make an entrance. During his opening swing through Iowa after declaring his candidacy for president, at his very first campaign stop inside a bustling brew pub here south of downtown, John Hickenlooper arrives to find a crowd of more than 100 voters buzzing about the latest applicant to join the strangest job-interviewing process on Earth. Bending his lanky, 6-foot, 1-inch frame to fit through the crowded doorway of the events room, all eyes on the White House hopeful, the celestial nature of his moment shatters with the pint glass meeting the concrete floor just a few feet away.Story Continued Below It spawns something of a Zapruder film debate: Some attendees say they saw Hickenlooper fumble the glass, others insist he bumped into the man who dropped it, while the candidate himself swears he had nothing to with the accident. Whatever the real explanation, it’s less compelling than what happens next. Hickenlooper instinctively kneels and … [Read more...] about John Hickenlooper Is Running for President As Himself. Uh-oh.
Mar 10, 10:24 PM EDT Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury Business By Judith Lewis Mernit, Capital & Main 10/04/17 AT 10:05 AM This story is being co-published with Capital & Main as part of a series on California Game Changers: Nine Big Ideas That Could Transform the State and Nation.If you were to parachute into Kern County about 40 miles west of Bakersfield, you might doubt California’s status as a national leader on climate. Pumpjacks spread out in every direction across a hellscape scraped bare of anything green. Scattered at irregular intervals, spires of latticed steel reach up more than a hundred feet, secured with guywires: evidence of hydraulic fracturing, a practice sufficiently infamous that its household nickname, fracking, invokes images of tap water so toxic you can light it on fire.Fracked oil wells are everywhere on this southeastern extreme of the San Joaquin Valley, hard by the … [Read more...] about Can California Ban Fracking?
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper DealBook | DealBook Briefing: A Rival Makes a Bid for Gannett DealBook Supported by Jan. 14, 2019 Good Monday morning. Want this by email? Sign up here . A battle brews for Gannett MNG Enterprises, the owner of one of the largest newspaper businesses in the country, made a $12-per-share offer today for Gannett, the publisher of USA Today and dozens of other publications. The news: The proposal from MNG, which owns 200 publications, to buy Gannett represents a 41 percent premium over the company’s closing price at the end of last year. MNG, which has a history of acquiring struggling local papers and cutting costs, has a 7.5 percent stake in Gannett, making it Gannett’s largest active shareholder. Gannett’s stock price surged in premarket trading after the bid. The back story: Over the past few years, … [Read more...] about DealBook Briefing: A Rival Makes a Bid for Gannett
By Tal Kopan Updated 8:39 am PST, Wednesday, January 9, 2019 (FILES) In this file photo taken on November 10, 2018 Flames from the Camp fire burn near a home atop a ridge near Big Bend, California. - The so-called Camp Fire broke out in early November 2018, in Butte County, killing at least 86 people and burning 14,000 homes in the tree-blanketed Sierra Nevada foothills of northern California. Insurance claims have already topped $7 billion, and officials estimate it will cost at least $3 billion just to clear the charred debris of homes and businesses. (Photo by Josh Edelson / AFP)JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images less (FILES) In this file photo taken on November 10, 2018 Flames from the Camp fire burn near a home atop a ridge near Big Bend, California. - The so-called Camp Fire broke out in early November 2018, in Butte ... more Photo: JOSH EDELSON / AFP/Getty Images … [Read more...] about Trump: I’ll cut off fire relief to California unless ‘they get their act together’