High Oil Prices Pump Up Concern

By Charlie Feder

Monday, July 29, 2013

Summer is under way, with its barbecues, parades, beach trips – and higher gas prices. And Angelenos recently found themselves paying a dizzying 11 cents more for every gallon – in an area that already ranks among the top five in the nation for high gas prices.

As a business owner who operates an all-natural gas fleet, we will avoid the fluctuations of summer gas prices, but our customers will feel the impacts.

Meanwhile, with $44 billion in profits last year, the oil companies’ grip on the industry affects our personal savings and business operations, and the nation’s economy. To be sure, gas prices rise and fall for many reasons, but one dangerous constant is that here in California, in particular, large oil companies are increasingly consolidated, reducing competition and generating concerns that consumers have ever-fewer defenses.

This Map Shows California’s Potential to Power Itself With Clean Energy

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June 19, 2013

Close-up in the southwestern states’ portion of the Saxum energy map | Image: Saxum

An Oklahoma firm has produced a map showing the regional energy scenes across the United States, and the results are interesting — though some of what’s going on in California doesn’t really show.

The map, drawn to show the available energy resources in different regions across the U.S., reveals that California is relatively rich in renewable energy potential. Foremost among the forms of renewable energy resource covering the state is solar, represented on the map by the light yellow wash across the southern two-thirds of the state.