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Richmond Tax Will Make Polluters Pay

Polluters Pay Initiative Will Tax Refinery—In June, the Richmond City Council unanimously voted to put a refinery tax—known as the Polluters Pay Initiative—on the November ballot. This initiative is the …

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Long view of an oil refinery sitting adjacent to wetlands

Richmond Tax Will Make Polluters Pay

Polluters Pay Initiative Will Tax Refinery—In June, the Richmond City Council unanimously voted to put a refinery tax—known as the Polluters Pay Initiative—on the November ballot. This initiative is the …

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Hercules Moving to Cleaner Energy

By choosing renewable electricity from MCE, Hercules residents and businesses can fight climate change with one simple step. Just four Contra Costa cities—Antioch, Brentwood, Clayton, and Orinda—have yet to move to MCE.

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Great News for Air Quality!

On March 15, Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) voted to phase out ‘natural’ gas furnaces and water heaters starting in 2027. The goal is to eliminate emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx), a significant cause of serious health problems.

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Grid Resilience Without Gas

As the need for electric power grows, many of us are understandably concerned that California’s grid may be over-stressed and failures may be even more frequent. Grid resilience is a real issue, and it’s getting lots of expert attention these days.

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