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PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: WHAT DOES AN ACTUAL GAS "PEAKER" PLANT LOOK LIKE?

January 2, 2013 (Otay)--“Look out, Santee, here’s your future,” Tom Lemon writes, referring to the Quail Brush gas-fired peaker power plant proposed just outside of Mission Trails Regional Park. Curious to see what a peaker plant actually looks like – not just in drawings prepared by the developer—Lemon ventured to Otay Mesa, where a gas-fired peaker plant recently opened.  Note: Peaker plants run intermittently to fill demand at peak power usage times. These photos were taken when the plant was not fired up. When in operation, the facility would include emissions visible from the smokestacks.

EARTHTALK®: CO2 IN THE ATMOSPHERE

E - The Environmental Magazine 
Written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss 
 
August 28, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- Dear EarthTalk: I read that CO2 in our atmosphere is now more than 300 parts per million. Doesn’t this mean that we’re too late to avoid the worst impacts of climate change?                                                                                                                          -- Karl Bren, Richmond, VA

REPORT: SEVEN SECTORS DRIVING CA'S "CLEAN" ECONOMY

 
ECM News Service
 
June 23, 2012 (Sacramento) -- When the state begins auctioning off cap-and-trade revenues next year, a new report suggests those dollars be put into California's clean-energy economy.

Tim O'Connor, director of the Environmental Defense Fund, says his group's report makes it clear that investing in new energy-efficiency programs produces the greatest economic benefits and job creation for the state. 

EARTHTALK®: E - THE ENVIRONMENTAL MAGAZINE

 
 
EarthTalk® is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss 
 
This week’s topics: 
 
1) The Gulf of Mexico two years after the BP oil spill
2) Lead in aviation fuel

Dear EarthTalk: I’ve seen a lot of warm and fuzzy TV ads, some sponsored by BP Oil, urging me to vacation in the Gulf of Mexico. But are things really “back to normal?”    -- Paul Shea, Dublin, OH