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Submitted on October 6, 2022 - 10am

Bloomberg Opinion’s Liam Denning says climate advocates shouldn’t be so quick to oppose legislation by US Senator Joe Manchin that streamlines permitting, even if fossil-fuel projects benefit. Published originally by Bloomberg Opinion, find the piece online, here,

Submitted on October 6, 2022 - 10am

In this excerpt from 2022’s luncheon plenary titled “Game Changers: Meet The Innovators,” VX News highlights two innovative business leaders in very different fields: ERI Co-Founder & Chairman, John Shegerian, and RWI Synthetics' Founder and CEO,Myrna Bittner, moderated by Jim Kelly of S&C Electric. Read along as Shegerian tells the story of his early entrance into the ever-growing e-waste economy with ERI, followed by Bittner’s remarkable world-building software to help visualize all futures, imaginable or otherwise. A recording of the entire plenary can be found here.

Submitted on October 5, 2022 - 2pm

The California Department of Water Resources is forecasting a fourth dry year in a row. In this interview with VX News, Felicia Marcus, William C Landreth Fellow at Stanford University’s Water in the West and Former Chair of the State Water Resources Control Board, reviews some of the recent wins and losses in water regulation that the state has seen in face of serious drought conditions.

Mary Nichols
Submitted on September 11, 2022 - 11pm

The conclusion of California’s Legislative session saw the adoption of ambitious new climate and energy legislation—including laws to set interim targets for 100% clean energy, regulate projects to remove carbon from the atmosphere and smokestacks, and approve buffer zones for new oil wells near communities.  The aforementioned coincides with much of the State experiencing the dire effects of climate change and the health and resilience challenges wrought by extreme heat and wildfires.

Submitted on September 11, 2022 - 10pm

In April of this year, the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach began implementing the Clean Truck Fund fee to generate $90 million annually to encourage adoption of clean trucks with a goal to achieve a zero-emission drayage truck fleet by 2035. VX News shares this panel excerpt from VX2022 moderated by S&C Electric’s Jim Kelly, in which Port of Long Beach Executive Director, 

Greg Spotts
Submitted on August 16, 2022 - 5pm

Reflecting on his time as a dedicated public servant in Los Angeles, VX News is pleased to present this exit interview with Greg Spotts as he leaves in September to become the new Director of the Seattle Department of Transportation.

Submitted on August 16, 2022 - 4pm

In March of this year, the Save Berkeley’s Neighborhoods group sued the University of California asserting UCB’s long-range development plan did not adequately account for the impacts the student population growth would have on the surrounding city.

Submitted on August 16, 2022 - 4pm

Last month, a proposed statewide ballot initiative to increase taxes on incomes over $2 million to fund programs to reduce air pollution and prevent wildfires—Proposition 30, the California Clean Cars & Clean Air Act—qualified for the November ballot.

Submitted on August 16, 2022 - 4pm

VX News checked in with Tom Ford, Chief Executive Officer of The Bay Foundation and Director of the SMBNEP, to update readers on the significance of $132 million included for NEP in the Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act.

Submitted on August 10, 2022 - 5pm

According to records from the Federal Bureau of Reclamation, western states reliant on water from Lake Mead and Lake Powell, might need to cut their wat

Adel Hagekhalil
Submitted on August 10, 2022 - 4pm

"Chairman Huffman, Ranking Member Bentz, Representative Napolitano, and members of the subcommittee, thank you for the opportunity to testify today. It is my pleasure to convey Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s (Metropolitan) support for H.R. 8090, extending the authorization for Reclamation’s Basin Study Program for ten years. Metropolitan is the largest wholesale water provider in the United States.

Earl Blumenauer
Submitted on August 3, 2022 - 6pm

In a surprise move before Congress’ August recess, US Senate Majority Leader Schumer and Energy Committee Chair Manchin announced a deal on budget reconciliation—the Inflation Reduction Act.

Submitted on August 3, 2022 - 5pm

Recognizing extreme heat as the deadliest climate threat facing Americans, last week the Biden administration launched Heat.Gov, a one-stop hub offering maps, data and information across disciplines to empower the public and decisionmakers plan for and mitigate the health impacts of extreme heat.

Submitted on August 3, 2022 - 5pm

Last week, Bloom Energy opened a fuel cell factory near San Francisco that is expected to produce 1 GW of fuel cells powered by natural gas or biogas by the end of next year.

Submitted on August 3, 2022 - 5pm

In July of this year,  an array of Blockchain-based Metaverse and Web3 platforms launched the Open Metaverse Alliance, a new decentralized autonomous organization to ensure a governance system within the Metaverse with four core principles of transparency, inclusiveness, decentralization and democratization.

Submitted on July 26, 2022 - 1pm

In this panel from the 2022 Motivate Vancouver conference, both aviation operators and investors speak to the innovative future for air travel.

Submitted on July 26, 2022 - 11am

In looking for global solutions and inspiration, the American Jewish Committee West put on the webinar Environmental Collaboration: The Israeli and West Coast Models, with speakers Gidon Bromberg of EcoPeace Middle East; Denny Heck, the Lieutenant Governor of Washington; and a response by California State Senator Ben Allen, and moderated by AJC’s Sam Jefferies.

Christine Harada
Submitted on July 20, 2022 - 5pm

At the end of June, the US Department of Transportation Maritime Administration designated offshore wind vessels as Vessels of National Interest, making them eligible for financial support and facilitating more offshore wind construction. One of the many expert panels at VX2022 focused on the future of offshore wind in California.

Submitted on July 20, 2022 - 5pm

With the industry expected to reach a value of over $72 billion by 2030, compared to just $1 billion in 2021, green hydrogen, and specifically its role in powering zero emission fuel cell vehicles is a potential gamechanger in the fight against climate change. As part of the H2 Super Track at VerdeXchange VX2022, American Honda Motor Co.

Submitted on July 20, 2022 - 1pm

In the days after Governor Newsom signed California’s $308 billion budget—which includes record spending across sectors bolstered by a nearly $100 billion surplus—TPR/VXNews interviewed California Senate Majority Leader Emeritus Robert Hertzberg on the highlights of the 2022-23 state budget package. The Senator elaborates on the one-time infrastructure investments embedded throughout the budget for climate resilience—including grid reliability, EV charging, wildfire, water recycling, and more.