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Tortoise shuts down $2B solar project

04/20/2011

“Federal officials have told a solar developer to stop work on two-thirds of a construction site in northeast San Bernardino County because no more tortoises can be disturbed.

Until wildlife authorities reassess the tortoise population, work on the $2.1 billion project — hailed by the Obama administration — is limited to a 2-square-mile area cleared of the protected reptiles last fall. BrightSource Solar’s entire work site, on public land near Primm, Nev., is 5.6 square miles.

The suspension order, made official Friday, was triggered when biologists hired to remove tortoises from the property handled their 39th animal earlier this month, said Amy Fesnock of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

A federal permit allowed for the displacement of no more than 38 desert tortoises found within the project’s borders, said Fesnock, a wildlife biologist in the BLM’s California office. The species is listed as threatened with extinction.

The suspension forced crews from Bechtel, BrightSource’s contractor, to stop building fences and to fill in postholes and trenches so tortoises won’t fall in and get injured or trapped.”  “MOJAVE DESERT: Tortoise finds curtail solar-site construction

California corporate income tax receipts down 57%

04/19/2011

Table below from “State Tax Collections Tick Up“.

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Alabama
$979
13.9%
12.4%
10.3%
4.9%
X
X
X
Alaska
$0
0.0%
23.5%
-103.6%
4.0%
Arizona
$974
11.5%
N/A
85.4%
N/A
X
X
X
X
Arkansas
$0
0.0%
17.9%
2.9%
24.2%
X
California*
$25,400
29.3%
17.2%
-56.7%
-0.6%
X
X
X
X
Colorado
$988
13.8%
15.8%
-42.9%
-4.8%
X
X
X
X
Connecticut
$3,200
18.0%
9.8%
-181.4%
6.7%
X
X
X
X
Delaware
$208
6.3%
10.1%
85.0%
24.1%
X
X
District of Columbia
$322
5.2%
12.9%
166.7%
N/A
X
X
Florida
$3,600
14.9%
N/A
-26.9%
4.9%
X
X
X
X
Georgia
$1,300
7.9%
18.0%
30.5%
4.3%
X
X
X
X
Hawaii
$410
8.2%
N/A
N/A
N/A
X
X
X
Idaho
$92
3.9%
36.4%
93.3%
-0.4%
X
X
X
X
Illinois
$4,900
14.6%
20.5%
-20.7%
10.8%
X
X
X
X
Indiana
$270
2.0%
15.5%
668.5%
6.6%
X
X
X
X
Iowa
$186
3.5%
12.4%
20.2%
5.8%
X
X
X
Kansas
$492
8.8%
3.1%
124.4%
21.1%
X
X
X
Kentucky**
$780
9.1%
10.7%
125.5%
1.9%
X
X
X
Louisiana
$1,600
20.7%
41.5%
127.3%
15.3%
X
X
X
Maine
$436
16.1%
19.3%
-8.5%
4.8%
X
X
X
X
Maryland
$1,400
10.7%
4.6%
-14.5%
4.0%
X
X
X
X
Massachusetts
$1,800
5.7%
8.0%
-2.5%
3.3%
X
X
X
X
Michigan
$1,300
5.9%
43.8%
13.9%
9.0%
X
X
X
X
Minnesota
$3,800
23.6%
N/A
N/A
N/A
X
X
X
Mississippi
$634
14.1%
-1.5%
31.0%
2.6%
X
X
X
Missouri
$704
9.1%
2.0%
152.6%
5.7%
X
X
X
X
Montana
$0
0.0%
11.7%
178.0%
N/A
Nebraska
$314
9.2%
10.1%
-37.8%
5.2%
X
X
X
Nevada
$1,500
45.2%
N/A
N/A
N/A
X
X
X
X
New Hampshire***
N/A
N/A
N/A
-50.0%
N/A
X
X
New Jersey
$10,500
37.4%
10.5%
39.3%
1.5%
X
X
X
X
New Mexico
$450
8.3%
N/A
N/A
N/A
X
X
New York
$10,000
18.7%
4.0%
82.3%
10.4%
X
X
X
X
North Carolina
$2,400
12.7%
11.8%
N/A
-2.7%
X
X
X
X
North Dakota
$0
0.0%
N/A
N/A
N/A
Ohio**
$3,000
11.0%
14.4%
16.8%
4.6%
X
X
X
X
Oklahoma
$500
9.4%
9.9%
73.3%
10.4%
X
X
X
Oregon**
$1,800
25.0%
11.6%
3.2%
N/A
X
X
X
Pennsylvania
$4,200
16.4%
7.5%
-5.4%
2.1%
X
X
X
Rhode Island
$331
11.3%
2.3%
88.5%
3.8%
X
X
X
X
South Carolina
$877
17.4%
44.9%
67.8%
0.9%
X
X
X
X
South Dakota
$127
10.9%
N/A
N/A
15.7%
X
X
Tennessee***
N/A
N/A
N/A
-21.7%
4.4%
X
X
X
Texas
$13,400
31.5%
N/A
N/A
9.3%
X
Utah
$390
8.2%
12.5%
183.1%
13.4%
X
X
X
X
Vermont
$176
16.3%
15.0%
48.7%
1.4%
X
X
Virginia**
$2,000
13.1%
11.3%
67.4%
7.0%
X
X
X
X
Washington
$2,500
16.2%
N/A
N/A
0.2%
X
X
X
X
West Virginia
$0
0.0%
12.1%
144.9%
3.8%
Wisconsin
$1,800
12.8%
33.7%
1.0%
5.7%
X
X
X
Wyoming
$0
0.0%
N/A
N/A
22.3%
X
X

California exodus

04/15/2011

“So far this year, 69 companies have moved all or part of their California work and jobs to other states or countries, reports Irvine relocation consultant Joe Vranich.

It’s the fastest rate of departures since Vranich started tracking the exodus in 2009, he says. There have been an average of 4.7 moves per week from Jan. 1 through April 12, compared to 3.9 moves in all of 2010.

The numbers are low, Vranich says, estimating that only one in five out-of-state moves is made public.

In what he calls “disinvestment events,” Vranich counts companies that move jobs, facilities or headquarters out of California.  He doesn’t count companies that invest outside the state for growth or marketing reasons.

Among the 69 are some big names:  CKE Restaurants, which started in Orange County and now is based in Carpinteria; Dunn-Edwards paints in Vernon; and eBay Inc. in San Jose which will add 1,000 high-paying jobs in Austin, Tex. after receiving government incentives to locate there.”  “69 more firms move jobs, facilities out of California

Businesses folding, leaving California

03/09/2011

“More than one in five (21%) of California small-business owners do not expect to be in business in California in three years, according to a recent survey by Small Business California, an advocacy group in San Francisco.

It’s a number Small Business California President Scott Hague calls “scary.”

 

Source: Small Business California 

Yes, if California lost a fifth of its small businesses it would be scary. About 83% of California’s businesses (78% of Orange County’s) have fewer than 10 employees.”  “Are Calif. businesses closing or leaving?

California continues dash off green cliff

02/25/2011

“The state Senate acted Thursday to require California utilities to boost their use of wind, solar and other renewable energy sources to a third of total supply by the year 2020.

California law already requires utilities to get a fifth of their power from renewable energy.  …

Opponents said it would drive up electricity bills for homeowners and manufacturers. The additional costs would convince California companies, which already pay some of the highest energy costs in the nation, to move their jobs out of state, said Sen. Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar).

“This is yet another nail in the coffin for our manufacturing sector in California,'” Huff said.  …

Sen. Roderick Wright (D-Inglewood) … [said] the bill … could max out supplies and increase electricity bills by 15% to 20%, triggering another energy crisis in California.  …

The bill … now goes to the Assembly, where it is expected to pass.”  “California Senate OKs renewable energy bill

She wants to switch to windmills to save birds from the oilsands

02/12/2011


Angry birds” h/t Tom Nelson

In hole, California digs deeper

02/03/2011

Enviros won’t allow green energy transmission lines, but they demand more green energy:

“As the Legislature vets Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal, Democratic leaders are hoping to fast-track … a bill that would require the state’s electric utilities to get a third of their power from wind, solar and other renewable sources by 2020. The measure was repeatedly vetoed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who said the bill imposed overly tight restrictions on utilities.”  “Amid budget debate, Democrats push for green-energy legislation

Useless expensive bird shredders to desecrate Juno Beach

02/02/2011

“For those who remain, the beaches of Normandy will forever be sacred, echoing with the cries of those young men cut down as they waded ashore to defend our freedom.

Now, 66 years on, the dwindling band of D-Day veterans faces a new battle against an unexpected invader.

A giant offshore windfarm within sight of the beaches where 2,500 allied soldiers died is being planned by French president Nicolas Sarkozy.

The proposal for 80 525ft high windmills off Juno Beach, one of the five beaches where troops landed in the Second World War, has angered the old soldiers.

Major-General Tony Richardson, 88, president of the Normandy Veterans’ Association, called the French plans ‘horrible’.

‘The D-Day beaches are a historical place and I would like to see them remain unspoilt,’ he said.  …

Admiral Christian Brac de la Perriere, the president of two commemorative bodies, the Comité du Débarquement and Normandie Memoire, said the plans were ‘inappropriate and incoherent’.

He described the proposed development as being at odds with French government hopes for the coastline from Utah Beach to Sword Beach to be named a Unecso world heritage site.”  “We’ll fight them off the beaches! Fury of D-Day veterans over French plans for a massive windfarm on Normandy coastline

BANANA greenies: No green energy transmission lines here!

02/02/2011

“A federal court Tuesday rebuffed the U.S. Department of Energy’s attempt to establish … corridors for new high-voltage electric transmission lines that would cover 100 million acres in 10 states, including state and national parks in the Mojave Desert.

The three-judge panel from the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2 to 1 that the energy agency failed to adequately … conduct … environmental reviews …

Environmental groups hailed the decision as a victory …

“We feel fantastic; it’s a huge victory,” said Anjali Jaiswal, an attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council

The ruling could be a blow for area utilities such as the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Southern California Edison Co. and San Diego Gas & Electric Co. …  The companies are under pressure to meet state guidelines to generate more of their electricity from renewable sources such as wind, solar and geothermal energy. The proposed transmission lines would handle the increased renewable power that is expected to come onto the grid.  …

“We do know that utilities in California, along with more than 30 other states, are under mandates to provide a certain percentage of renewable energy to customers,” [Jim] Owen [director of media relations at the Edison Electric Institute] said. “Additional transmission capacity is going to be needed to make that happen.””  “Court rejects U.S. bid to establish corridors for new electric transmission lines

Quote of the week

01/28/2011

“What happens to renewable energy when alarmist climate science collapses? And even if the ideological rearguard action drags on for years, what about the fact that shale gas is about to make renewables look even more ridiculous in terms of both economics and emissions?”  Peter Foster, National Post:  “Solar fades as shale gas flares