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With climate change, Valley fever spreads in California — and this year could be the worst yet

Rob Purdie is an upbeat guy. You can hear it in his unfailingly positive statements, his voice tinged with a Central Valley twang from a life spent in Bakersfield. You wouldn’t guess this is a man with a reservoir surgically built into the top of his skull, and that he spends one full day a […]

‘There is nothing safe about this proposal.’ California leaders vow to fight EPA

California’s leading air pollution enforcers and the state’s attorney general vowed to fight the Trump Administration’s proposed lessening of vehicle emission rules during a public hearing in Fresno on Monday. “There is nothing safe about this proposal,” said Mary Nichols, chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board. Nichols described the Trump Administration proposal as nothing […]

Valley residents can get up to $9,500 to replace high polluting vehicles

The Valley Air District’s Drive Clean in the San Joaquin program just launched a new vehicle replacement option, offering a huge incentive for Valley residents to replace their 1999 or older high-polluting vehicle with a newer, fuel efficient gas powered vehicle, hybrid, plug-in hybrid or battery electric vehicle. The new “Replace” option offers $2,500 to […]

Drive Clean Effort Highlighted In National Drive Electric Week

National Drive Electric Week is being observed Sept. 8 through 16, and the Valley Air District is highlighting the widespread availability, practicality and affordability of today’s plug-in vehicles. The District’s Drive Clean in the San Joaquin program provides Valley residents and businesses with a rebate of up to $3,000 when purchasing or leasing a battery-electric, […]

Fresno sits at the crossroads of California’s climate-change policies

Thousands of delegates from around the world gather in San Francisco this week for the Global Climate Action Summit. Committed to achieving the Paris Climate Accord’s goal of net zero emissions by midcentury, the international effort is humankind’s attempt to save itself from itself. For a quick glimpse at their prospects, delegates should come to […]

CARB selects Los Angeles and Kern County communities for in-depth study of air quality impacts near oil and gas facilities

SACRAMENTO – As part of the state’s ongoing commitment to clean the air in communities most impacted by pollution, today the California Air Resources Board announced the selection of four communities for a new program to monitor air quality near oil and gas extraction facilities. It is well known that short and long-term exposure to air pollutants can […]

Elected officials urge state to stop issuing permits for fossil fuels in California

Two local elected officials — the mayor of Huron and a council member from San Joaquin — on Thursday urged Gov. Jerry Brown to phase out fossil fuel production in California. Huron Mayor Rey Leon and San Joaquin Council member Jose Ornellas are among 150 local elected officials statewide who signed a letter urging that no more […]

Community Voices: Let’s breathe in clean air with SB 100

San Joaquin Valley residents will find scant relief when the blanket of wildfire smoke eventually dissipates. When the fires are finally doused and the smoke blows away we’ll still have some of the nation’s dirtiest air. But there’s a bill moving through the state Legislature that provides a measure of hope for cleaner air and […]

Wasco, California to Save $8.6M with New Solar Project

Wasco, Calif. projected to achieve more than $8.6M in energy savings, 41.7M kWh in reduced energy usage by end of 15-year performance contract An energy savings performance contract (ESPC) with Siemens will allow the city of Wasco, Calif., to use energy savings to fund a solar project situated on a former burn dump. The renewable […]

Wells Fargo completes funding for 200-MW Sempra Great Valley Solar Project

Wells Fargo Renewable Energy and Environmental Finance announced it has completed the final $85 million in tax-equity funding for Sempra Renewables’ 200-MW solar generation facility near Fresno, California. The funding represents the last phase of more than $190 million in financing for four solar farms collectively known as the Sempra Great Valley Solar Project. Sempra […]