Electricity in California: dirty secrets and clean innovations

What really happens when you turn on your air conditioner on a hot July afternoon? Do you know where your electricity comes from? How dirty (or clean) is it really? Considering that electricity production is one of our biggest sources of air pollution and a major cause of climate change, you ought to know the answers to these questions by heart.

Forest Committee devotes itself to affecting plans

Influencing the long-range management plans that the Forest Service is developing for our Southern California's national forests will be a major focus of the Angeles Chapter's Forest Committee this year. At bimonthly meetings, the committee will help stimulate an effective response to the final plans when they are made public this summer. The plans cover two national forests in the Chapter's area, the Angeles and Cleveland, as well as two other Southern California forests, the San Bernardino and Los Padres.

Local LEEDers

Sustainably harvested wood. Solar paneling. Green energy. These and many other criteria are rapidly becoming the standard of the building industry thanks to an innovative program called Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

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Desert Peaks Section

The facts

DPS members explore the desert mountain ranges of California and the Southwest.

Founded in 1941

200 active members

DPSers Greg Roach and Dave Baldwin enjoy a snowy desert summit on Last Chance Mountain in Death Valley National Park.

photo by Gary Craig

How National Leader Standards affect Angeles Chapter

Although the Sierra Club's National Leader Standards (NLS) became effective July 1, 2004, the Angeles Chapter has been granted an extension until Jan. 1, 2006, for leaders to meet currency requirements.

The NLS divide outings into two basic types: Level 1 outings, such as day hikes and car camps, and Level 2 outings, such as backpacks (overnight stay away from cars).

Surplus of books on oil's decline

The Party's Over: Oil, War and the Fate of Industrial Societies, by Richard Heinberg (Gabriola Island, BC: New Society Publishers, 2003). Available from www.musletter.com. Written for undergraduates as well as the general public, The Party's Over is the best single read on the coming oil crisis. World oil production will peak between 2006-2015, then slowly decline. However, world demand for oil will continue to grow as countries industrialize and automobile use increases.


Chair, Angeles Chapter Transportation Committee

Peak oil is the likely near-term peak and decline of worldwide oil production in the face of rising demand. It is uncertain how soon we will have reached peak oil, but there is no doubt that it will significantly impact the economy, the environment, and our lives.

Puerto Rico named newest Club Chapter

The Sierra Club's national Board of Directors chartered the Club's newest chapter on Feb. 19.

Puerto Rican Sierra Club members formally petitioned the board to become the first newly chartered chapter in more than 10 years. Puerto Rico will be the Club's first Spanish-speaking chapter.

Santa Ana Mountains targeted for highways, powerplant

For an increasing population in southwestern Riverside County and for those of us in Orange County, the Santa Ana Mountains provide the nearest wildlands where one can really get away from the hustle and bustle of urban life. This northern Orange County forest land, which is part of the Cleveland National Forest, is arguably the most threatened area of any national forest in California with proposed new highways, massive transmission lines, hydroelectric projects, and antenna tower that would scar its scenic beauty forever.

Author dives into the Sespe River

The Sespe Wild: Southern California's Last Free River, by Bradley John Monsma, University of Nevada Press, $24.95

Bradley John Monsma's excellent, well-researched The Sespe Wild covers a range of topics centered on the natural history of the Sespe but also including Chumash rock art sites, the industrialization of the Sespe's southeastern fringes by oil and gas production and the controversies about Sespe dams.


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