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  • Robert Kennedy, Jr.’s ‘Green’ Company Scored $1.4 Billion Taxpayer Bailout

    11/16/2011 11:30:52 AM PST · by Driftwood1 · 30 replies
    Big Government ^ | Wilton Hall
    President John F. Kennedy’s nephew, Robert Kennedy, Jr., netted a $1.4 billion bailout for his company, BrightSource, through a loan guarantee issued by a former employee-turned Department of Energy official. It’s just one more in a string of eye-opening revelations by investigative journalist and Breitbart editor Peter Schweizer in his explosive new book, Throw Them All Out. The details of how BrightSource managed to land its ten-figure taxpayer bailout have yet to emerge fully. However, one clue might be found in the person of Sanjay Wagle. Wagle was one of the principals in Kennedy’s firm who raised money for Barack...
  • CA: Solar deal to enrich firm with Schwarzenegger tie?

    10/14/2008 9:48:18 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 509+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/14/08 | Michael R. Blood - ap
    LOS ANGELES – A relative of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and one of his former cabinet secretaries are part of a private investment group that could score a lucrative payoff if regulators approve a sprawling solar-energy complex near the Mojave Desert Preserve. The personal connections have raised questions about possible favorable treatment for a project being touted as a breakthrough in the development of solar power. Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a longtime environmental activist who is the cousin of first lady Maria Shriver, and former state Environmental Protection Secretary Terry Tamminen were named senior advisers at VantagePoint Venture Partners last year....
  • Governor Receives U.S. EPA Environmental Climate Change Champion Award

    12/04/2010 11:12:04 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies
    MR. BLUMENFELD: So today we recognize this person for an extraordinary vision and leadership as an early, ardent and articulate champion in the defense of our planet against global climate change. This person had a great team. I want to recognize Terry Tamminen and Linda Adams, who are both here, who really -- you can't do this stuff alone when you're sitting -- (Applause) And the job at the top is lonely and so when you surround yourselves by people you want to have people that free you up to take action and those are the type of people that...
  • PG&E strikes huge solar power deal with BrightSource

    05/13/2009 12:15:08 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 797+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 5/13/09 | Tracy Seipel
    In what is touted to be the largest solar deal in the world, Pacific Gas & Electric today announced that it has expanded a series of solar-power contracts with Oakland's BrightSource Energy for a total of 1,310 megawatts of electricity — enough to power 530,000 California homes during peak hours. Peak hours in the state are usually from noon to 7 p.m. The power purchase agreements, which will now include seven power plants, add to a previous contract the two companies struck last April for up to 900 megawatts of solar thermal power. The deal with PG&E means BrightSource now...
  • ENERGY: SoCal Edison signs large solar-power deal

    02/13/2009 12:21:34 PM PST · by calcowgirl · 29 replies · 572+ views
    North County Times ^ | February 11, 2009 | CHRIS BAGLEY
    Southern California Edison said it has wrapped up the world's largest-ever agreement to buy electricity generated by solar power, a series of generators in California's eastern deserts that could eventually supply more than 800,000 homes. The utility, which serves Riverside County and the sprawling southern California territory outside of the city of Los Angeles and San Diego County, hopes the first of seven plants will begin operating in 2013, the company said in a press release Wednesday morning. The Rosemead-based utility counts nearly 5 million customers in Riverside and a half-dozen other California counties. BrightSource Energy Inc. of Oakland would...
  • CA: Startup with link to governor pushes for plant OK (BrightSource)

    10/26/2008 11:45:55 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 326+ views
    AP on Mercury News ^ | 10/26/08 | Michael R. Blood - ap
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A company backed by investors linked to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is pressing regulators to speed up a review of its proposed $2 billion solar-energy complex, warning that delays would send a "chilling signal" to the emerging green power industry. But the California Energy Commission staff opposes the move, depicting it as an end run that could break apart a precedent-setting review of the planned solar site near the Mojave Desert Preserve. At the center of the dispute is a project widely viewed as a potential breakthrough in large-scale U.S. solar development. --snip-- The company says the...
  • Schwarzenegger gets invite to UN meeting on global warming

    07/27/2007 3:48:38 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 276+ views
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's efforts to make California a model for greener environmental policies will soon expand to a global stage when he meets with world leaders at a United Nations conference in September. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday invited the governor to the high-level meeting on global warming after the pair toured Echelon Corp., a San Jose-based company that provides energy-efficient networking technologies for residential, commercial, and public electrical equipment. Schwarzenegger accepted the invitation without hesitation at a news conference where the two dignitaries briefly discussed their shared commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption. "Global...
  • [Wisconsin] Native Key in Cutting CA Emissions; Arnold's Global Warming Guru (Your State Next!)

    05/07/2007 6:02:35 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 10 replies · 249+ views ^ | May 7, 2007 | Rob Zaleski
    One of Arnold Schwarzenegger's first moves upon entering California's bizarre gubernatorial recall election in 2003 was to contact Terry Tamminen and persuade him to join his campaign. Or so Schwarzenegger maintains in the March issue of Outside magazine. Why Tamminen? Because Schwarzenegger wanted to do something significant about global warming, and he knew that Tamminen's environmental credentials were second to none. Just days after his stunning victory, Schwarzenegger then named Tamminen -- who grew up on Milwaukee's north side -- the first secretary of the state's Environmental Protection Agency. And in 2006, the two convinced California's Legislature to pass the...
  • Schwarzenegger's foreign policy

    04/25/2007 8:50:49 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 609+ views
    LA Times ^ | 4/25/07 | Robert Salladay
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is continuing his foreign policy campaign, bypassing the federal government to help set international agreements on global warming, while a longtime friend and environmental advisor, Terry Tamminen, is consulting with the Canadian government about their carbon dioxide regulations. In anticipation of Schwarzenegger's trip to Canada next month, British Columbia announced yesterday it would participate a five-state Western carbon market where polluters can trade credits with greener companies. The idea is to have four or five Canadian provinces, and perhaps Mexico as well, joining the pact with California, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington and Arizona. Schwarzenegger also has signed...
  • CA: Former EPA head details evils of oil industry in book - Terry Tamminen

    11/02/2006 10:03:27 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 308+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 11/2/06 | Julia Scott
    Of all the authors who have penned indictments of Big Oil in the past few years, few have as much insight — or access — to the major players of the industry as Terry Tamminen. Years of working on energy policy as special advisor on environmental issues to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and as head of the state's Environmental Protection Agency have given Tamminen plenty of ammunition to use against petroleum companies and U.S. carmakers, and he employs it to powerful effect in his new book, "Lives Per Gallon: The True Cost of Our Oil Addiction." Tamminen, who will speak at...
  • CA: Move to cleaner air, cheaper energy (Tamminen pushes for Prop 87 Oil Tax)

    10/05/2006 8:38:15 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 25 replies · 382+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | October 5, 2006 | TERRY TAMMINEN
    California has an oil addiction. As every self-help professional knows, to break an addiction you have to face the problem and admit you're hooked. The arguments against Proposition 87 sound as hollow as an alcoholic promising to stop after just one more drink. Proposition 87 would develop cleaner, cheaper fuels for our vehicles and build new energy industries and jobs here at home, in places such as Stockton, Salinas and San Diego. Despite valiant efforts and significant improvement for decades, the state still has the nation's worst air pollution, causing asthma, lung disease, cancer and crop damage, and exacerbating the...
  • CA: Should state haul big oil and auto giants to court?

    10/01/2006 5:39:32 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 22 replies · 606+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | October 1, 2006 | Stuart Leavenworth
    Ten years ago, when Arnold Schwarzenegger was enhancing his movie career with "Jingle All the Way," his future environmental adviser Terry Tamminen was working as a pool-cleaning expert, water cop and would-be Bard of the Bay. As Santa Monica Baykeeper, Tamminen spent his days tooling around in his boat harassing litterbugs. He also was promoting copies of his book, "The Ultimate Pool Maintenance Manual," while playing the role of Shakespeare in a children's play he wrote. Over the objections of some Republican advisers, Schwarzenegger appointed Tamminen as secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency. Then he became the governor's cabinet...
  • Schwarzenegger guru says CO2 plan starts at border

    09/19/2006 2:31:40 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 313+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 9/19/06 | Timothy Gardner
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's environmental adviser said his mission to change federal policy on global warming by getting vast regions of the United States to regulate greenhouse gas emissions will start with states on the Mexican border. Terry Tamminen is working with Schwarzenegger, a Republican, and Gov. Janet Napolitano, a Democrat in neighboring Arizona, to spearhead an effort to spread rules like California's to cut greenhouse gases to other states. In the absence of federal regulation on emissions of gases scientists link to global warming, the California legislature passed rules two weeks ago that require the state...
  • Schwarzenegger Sends Green Guru to Spread the Word

    09/18/2006 7:38:27 AM PDT · by ZGuy · 4 replies · 257+ views
    PlanetArk ^ | 9/18/6 | Mary Milliken
    If Arnold Schwarzenegger is one of the most influential leaders on the environment today, much credit goes to Terry Tamminen, the brains behind the California governor's brawn on all things green. Tamminen, a Democrat and long-time conservationist, teamed up with the Republican actor and bodybuilder three years ago for his election and later became his top environmental aide. Their efforts culminated last month in a bipartisan landmark global warming law that makes California the first US state to mandate a cut in greenhouse gas emissions, equal to 25 percent by 2020. Now the governor, who has accused fellow Republican US...
  • Schwarzenegger sends green guru to spread the word - Terry Tamminen (barf alert!)

    09/17/2006 8:55:32 AM PDT · by calcowgirl · 3 replies · 232+ views
    Reuters ^ | 17 Sep 2006 | Mary Milliken
    SANTA MONICA, Calif., Sept 17 (Reuters) - If Arnold Schwarzenegger is one of the most influential leaders on the environment today, much credit goes to Terry Tamminen, the brains behind the California governor's brawn on all things green. Tamminen, a Democrat and long-time conservationist, teamed up with the Republican actor and bodybuilder three years ago for his election and later became his top environmental aide. Their efforts culminated last month in a bipartisan landmark global warming law that makes California the first U.S. state to mandate a cut in greenhouse gas emissions, equal to 25 percent by 2020. Now the...
  • CA: Gov.'s Environmental Advisor Steps Down (Tree Hugger Terry Tamminen)

    08/22/2006 12:09:04 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 7 replies · 221+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 22, 2006 | Peter Nicholas
    One of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's closest advisors and strongest voices for cleaner energy has left the administration, a departure that environmental activists describe as a worrisome loss. Terry Tamminen, a favorite of the governor who held some of the most powerful positions on his staff, is now working for Schwarzenegger's campaign as a volunteer and is not planning to return after the election, the governor's aides said. Tamminen, a Democrat, was part of an inner circle with easy access to the governor, leaving him well-positioned to make the case for solar energy, alternative fuels and environmental protection. With Tamminen gone,...
  • CA: Environmental initiatives gain momentum (Greenhouse-gas caps / alternative-energy top agenda)

    07/02/2006 5:46:26 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 9 replies · 264+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | Jul. 02, 2006 | Judy Lin
    Maybe it's the summer heat, or Al Gore's documentary. Whatever the cause, California environmentalists and Democratic lawmakers have embarked on an ambitious campaign to catapult the state ahead of the nation on a number of green initiatives. From greenhouse-gas caps to alternative energy, they say it's time to make significant changes after watching a number of clean-water and air-quality bills vetoed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in recent years. They say the looming election should also help motivate politicians to think green. (snip) At the center of the debate is AB 32, which would require industries to report how much greenhouse...
  • CA: Gov. Backs Greenhouse Gas Strategy ... despite opposition from GOP and business leaders

    04/11/2006 1:17:58 AM PDT · by calcowgirl · 6 replies · 193+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 11, 2006 | Janet Wilson and Marc Lifsher
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will announce today his support for a strategy to combat global warming that has drawn criticism from Republicans and business leaders, aides said Monday. The market-based approach would include controversial "cap-and-trade" requirements mandating greenhouse gas producers who exceed certain tonnages of harmful emissions to buy credits from other companies that have lowered emissions. Schwarzenegger is expected to make the announcement, endorsing major components of his climate action team's plan, at a summit he has convened in San Francisco this afternoon bringing together economists, investors, business executives, environmentalists and lawmakers. Legislative approval could be needed to enact key...
  • CA: State seen as 'leader of the pack' on clean air - (Environmentalists cheer Gubby's stands)

    04/10/2006 10:02:38 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 240+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 4/10/06 | Michael Gardner - CNS
    SACRAMENTO – In Michigan, where automakers still reign, the Rev. Charles Morris cites Scripture and California policy as he campaigns for curbs on tailpipe and smokestack emissions linked to disruptions in global weather patterns that can threaten water, power and food supplies. “California is the leader of the pack,” says the Catholic priest who tends a parish in Wyandotte, just outside Dearborn. “They put in emission reductions. They put in reformulated gas,” Morris said. “The sky didn't fall. The sun still shines. It belies the myths put out there.” Religious leaders such as Morris – joining a growing number of...
  • Arnold appointee turns on Bush...

    11/14/2003 9:13:49 PM PST · by ETERNAL WARMING · 27 replies · 121+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | November 14, 2003 | Jane Kay
    <p>Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger's pick to head the state's environmental protection agency on Thursday criticized the Bush administration for failing to curb greenhouse gases or prevent forest fires.</p> <p>In his first public remarks since his appointment, Terry Tamminen, executive director of Environment Now in Santa Monica, said a federal decision earlier this year "undermines our ability to control greenhouse gases.''</p>
  • CA: Governor replaces longtime Dem aide, Cabinet secretary riled Republicans with Bush remarks

    12/10/2005 10:03:35 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 663+ views ^ | 12/10/05 | Carla Marinucci
    Battered by conservative allies who believe he's broken faith with them, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Friday replaced Cabinet Secretary Terry Tamminen, a Democrat and well-known environmental activist whose appointment two years ago was trumpeted as a show of the Republican governor's bipartisanship. Tamminen, who headed the Santa Monica-based Environment Now foundation when he became one of the governor's first major appointments in November 2003, will hold an advisory job as special assistant to the governor for energy and environmental technologies, Schwarzenegger's office announced late Friday. Fred Aguiar, who now runs the State and Consumer Services Agency, will replace Tamminen as Cabinet...
  • Schwarzenegger names former GOP assemblyman cabinet secretary (Tamminen to move on)

    12/09/2005 7:18:19 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 409+ views
    ap on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 12/9/05 | Tom Chorneau - ap
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday named a former GOP assemblyman as his new cabinet secretary, a move seen as crucial within the Republican Party to balance the governor's earlier appointment of a Democratic activist as his chief of staff. He also announced creation of a new position, deputy chief of staff and senior adviser for policy development, filling it with a Republican operative. The moves were praised by the California Republican Party, which had received angry protests from grassroots organizers when Schwarzenegger named Susan Kennedy, an aide to former Democratic Gov. Gray Davis, as his chief of...
  • The Conservative Betrayal

    12/09/2005 11:13:54 AM PST · by Impeach98 · 30 replies · 522+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 12/09/2005 | Melanie Morgan
    ...The conservative betrayal Posted: December 9, 2005 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2005 The past few weeks have been a wakeup call to those Republicans, and especially those conservatives, who got stars in their eyes and supported movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger for governor during the historic Gray Davis recall campaign. On the heels of a decisive defeat in the recent special election for his reform ballot initiatives, the Terminator is acting like he wants to terminate his alliance with the Republican Party. Since he has failed to even slow the nonstop spending of the California Legislature, Arnold's false reading of...
  • Schwarzenegger looks to new crop of top staffers (More house cleaning)

    12/03/2005 9:59:03 AM PST · by calcowgirl · 13 replies · 399+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | December 2, 2005 | Gary Delsohn
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- When Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced at a press conference last week that he'd chosen one of his predecessors' top aides to run his staff, he did something else unusual for a California governor. He pulled a list from his pocket of all the senior aides he said had left his administration because they were burned out, no longer felt like spending so much time away from their families or simply desired to return to the private sector and make more money. Schwarzenegger's decision to replace outgoing Chief of Staff Pat Clarey with Susan Kennedy, a Democrat and...
  • CA: Looking outside for inner circle (aRnie's dem affinity)

    10/16/2005 9:55:31 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 272+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 10/16/05 | Daniel Weintraub
    Given the polarized tenor of politics these days, you would think that being a Democrat, or even an independent, in the inner sanctum of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's Republican administration would feel like sneaking behind enemy lines in war or, worse, working for the other side. But a funny thing keeps happening as California moves closer to the Nov. 8 special election and Democrats seek to characterize Schwarzenegger as a right-wing partisan trying to impose the Bush agenda on the Golden State. The more Democrats accuse the governor of veering to the right, the more he keeps hiring, and promoting, Democrats...
  • CA: Gov. Leans Toward a Paler Shade of Green

    08/29/2005 7:11:17 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 300+ views
    LA Times ^ | 8/28/05 | Jordan Rau and Miguel Bustillo
    SACRAMENTO — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who enthused activists and unnerved business leaders with many of his early appointments to top environmental slots, is increasingly favoring industry officials for key jobs protecting California's forests, air and water. Schwarzenegger's effort to be a green Republican has been one of the principal ways the governor has depicted himself as being above Sacramento's traditional partisan divides. But in a reversal from the beginning of his tenure, it is now environmentalists who are objecting that Schwarzenegger has bent too far to one side. --snip-- "We have seen a change in the wrong direction," said Bill...
  • Will Schwarzenegger Terminate California's Prosperity (Golden State Committing UberGreenicide Alert)

    07/13/2005 10:48:58 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 9 replies · 395+ views ^ | 07/14/05 | Michael Fumento
    Arnold, how could you? You were the GOP’s great gubernatorial hope. Sure, you had no political experience, were “squishy” on social issues, and had married into America’s foremost Democratic family. But you were going to terminate the state’s financial problems. How could you mandate a global warming program that will leave your people drowning in red ink long after you’ve said, “Hasta la vista, baby!” Bypassing the legislature, Schwarzenegger last month signed an executive order mandating drastic cuts in so-called greenhouse gas emissions to 80% below 1990 levels by 2050. "The debate is over," Schwarzenegger wrote July 3 in a...
  • CA: The Wayward Governor - Why Arnold terminated bipartisanship

    03/24/2005 12:48:09 PM PST · by calcowgirl · 23 replies · 620+ views
    LA Weekly ^ | MARCH 24 - 31, 2005 | BILL BRADLEY
    Bipartisanship was “the wave of the future” last fall. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and first lady Maria Shriver talked it up at private dinner parties. In conversations, the governor took pains to learn if he was “coming off as a bipartisan guy.” It was a staple of his speeches. That was then. After a promising, though modest, start last year, Schwarzenegger has embraced a hastily developed, hazily defined, harshly partisan agenda that promises to roil the waters of California politics all year long. Notwithstanding the “theatrics” — Schwarzenegger’s own term — of seizing the national stage in this election off-year, the...
  • CA: Governor taps Air Board chair to head Cal-EPA

    12/16/2004 6:53:57 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 296+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 12/16/04 | Don Thompson - AP
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger named the chair of the state's pioneering Air Resources Board as his new Environmental Protection Agency secretary Thursday, sticking with an environmentalist for the top pollution-control post. Alan C. Lloyd replaces Terry Tamminen, a former Santa Monica-based environmental activist who moved up last month to become the governor's Cabinet secretary. Lloyd, 62, has chaired the California Air Resources Board since 1999. The board has repeatedly pushed for the nation's toughest air standards, drawing challenges from the automobile industry and federal government that it is infringing on federal interstate regulations. The latest lawsuit was filed...
  • CA: Another push for solar energy

    12/10/2004 9:36:53 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies · 619+ views
    OC Register ^ | 12/10/04 | Jim Hinch
    SACRAMENTO – The solar panels gleam like black fish scales on the roof of Mark Louvier's Santa Ana factory. They save him $2,500 a month as they pour electricity into the machines below that grind out doors and fixtures for tract homes. They also cost $1.2 million to install, way beyond Louvier's budget without the government subsidies and tax breaks he got that brought the bill down to less than $600,000. "Without the credits, I wouldn't have anything to do with it," said Louvier, president of Trimco Finish. It's businessmen like Louvier and homeowners throughout California that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger...
  • Schwarzenegger aide outlines California clean-fuel strategy

    12/02/2004 7:13:51 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 389+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 12/2/04 | Tim Molloy - AP
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - A top aide to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger described the administration's plans to reduce California's oil dependence, calling Thursday for more conservation, fuel-efficient vehicles, and hydrogen power. Terry Tamminen, the governor's newly appointed Cabinet secretary, delivered the speech by videotape at a conference on transportation. It was sponsored by Calstart, a consortium of government agencies and private companies, including automakers. Tamminen said drivers should try to conserve fuel in the near-term, with the midterm goal of buying more fuel-efficient cars and the long-term goal of finding cleaner fuels than petroleum, including hydrogen. "Proper tire inflation, using your...
  • From Pool Guy to the Halls of Power (Schwarzenegger new Cabinet Secretary, Terry Tamminen)

    11/05/2004 11:47:01 PM PST · by calcowgirl · 19 replies · 805+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | November 6, 2004 | Miguel Bustillo
    From Pool Guy to the Halls of Power Terry Tamminen, actor, author and tree-hugger, has held many jobs. His next: Cabinet secretary. Thirteen years ago, Terry Tamminen was a Malibu pool cleaner and part-time actor with a gift for charming influential people and a resume that chronicled more rambling than a Jack Kerouac novel. Tamminen had sold condos in Florida, managed a sheep ranch in the Midwest, helped start a bottle recycling program in Nigeria, dabbled in Shakespearean acting and measured chlorine levels for such celebrities as Madonna and Johnny Carson. His peripatetic career had taken him from California to...
  • CA: Governor names EPA chief Tamminen as new Cabinet secretary

    11/05/2004 6:30:30 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 48 replies · 543+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 11/5/04 | Tom Chorneau - AP
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - In what may signal a move to broaden his bipartisan appeal, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday named environmentalist and state Environmental Protection Agency director Terry Tamminen as his new Cabinet secretary. The two moves indicate to some a desire on the part of the governor to break with more conservative policies championed by former members of Republican Gov. Pete Wilson's staff who have dominated the first year of his administration. "I think it is a very positive signal that he's going to be more open to a bipartisan orientation," said Barbara O'Connor, director of the Institute for...
  • Calif. environmental groups back budget ballot measures

    02/26/2004 7:30:44 PM PST · by calcowgirl · 23 replies · 264+ views
    AP via San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | February 26, 2004 | Terence Chea
    SAN FRANCISCO – California environmentalists urged voters on Thursday to pass Proposition 57 and 58, warning that conservation programs could suffer if the two budget measures aren't approved. State Sen. John Burton, California EPA Secretary Terry Tamminen and Maria Shriver joined state environmental leaders at a news conference in San Francisco's Presidio to pledge support for the two ballot measures aimed at fixing the state's budget problems. "You can't balance the budget on the back of the environment," said Ann Notthoff, California Advocacy Director for the Natural Resources Defense Council. "We need a stable budget to protect California's public health...
  • A Delicate Balance on State EPA Appointees. Schwarzenegger names a lumber executive No. 2. of EPA

    11/15/2003 8:39:17 AM PST · by FairOpinion · 17 replies · 199+ views
    LA TImes ^ | Nov. 13, 2003 | Eric Bailey and Peter Nicholas
    Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger named the head of a Santa Monica conservation group his secretary of environmental protection Wednesday but appointed a North Coast timber company executive as the agency's second-in-command. Schwarzenegger's appointment of Terry Tamminen to head the state Environmental Protection Agency had been expected and was broadly cheered by environmentalists. But the governor-elect turned in a different direction for the agency's No. 2 slot, naming James Branham, government affairs chief at Pacific Lumber and an official in former Gov. Pete Wilson's administration, as Cal-EPA's undersecretary. Schwarzenegger appointed another onetime Wilson official, Los Angeles attorney Maureen Gorsen, as the agency's...
  • Arnold Scwharznegger's EPA Appointee Attacks President Bush

    11/14/2003 10:26:32 PM PST · by Fred · 22 replies · 258+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 11-14-03 | Douglas Fische
    Oakland Tribune Cal-EPA nominee left of most Democrats Terry Tamminen puts governor at odds with Bush administration By Douglas FischerSTAFF WRITER Friday, November 14, 2003 - Incoming California Environmental Protection Agency boss Terry Tamminen outlined an agenda Thursday that places the Schwarzenegger administration at odds with the Bush administration, while simultaneously defending the governor-elect's decision to put a timber industry executive in the agency's No. 2 slot and Bill Jones as the state resources chief. "We have to get beyond balkanizing ourselves," Tamminen said shortly after addressing business leaders gathered for the 17th annual San Francisco Bay Decisionmakers Conference....