Valero Rail Project Fuels Tar Sands Speculation in Bay Area

Valero, the nation’s largest oil refiner, wants to start using trains to bring crude oil to its Bay Area refinery. But the project is raising concerns about congestion, safety and air pollution in the East Bay city of Benicia – and the connection it may have to Canada’s controversial tar sands.

This aired on KQED on 8/12/13.


Expanding the Pool for Renewable Energy

Despite the state’s push toward renewable energy, most Californians can’t choose solar power at home — perhaps they rent, don’t have roofs with good exposure to the sun, or can’t afford solar panels. But a bill moving through the state legislature may soon provide a way for more people to jump on board the clean energy bandwagon.

This aired on The California Report on August 17, 2012, with an accompanying blog post on the Climate Watch blog.

San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts Reopens

San Francisco’s newly restored Palace of Fine Arts reopens this morning after a $20 million restoration project. Crews spent six years repairing the dome, giving the rotunda a seismic upgrade, and restoring the pond and the landscaping. The Palace was built for the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition, but wasn’t intended to last more than a year.

This aired on KQED News on 1/14/11.