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David R. Baker

Chevron hired an investment banker to gauge buyer interest in its Hawaiian operations.
(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Chevron launches news site for California town

The Richmond Standard offers a daily stream of local news, crime and sports stories, with an emphasis on short, entertaining features.
White smoke rises from the Chevron refinery during a controlled burn, the morning after a toxic fire in Richmond, Calif.  (AP Photo/The Contra Costa Times, Laura A. Oda)

Study: Chevron refinery plan won’t boost pollution

Chevron Corp.’s plan to upgrade its aging Richmond refinery won’t add to air pollution if the oil company follows all its proposed steps, according to a draft environmental report released Tuesday by the city.
SunEdison, which moved from Maryland to California in 2011, is working on plans for a solar panel factory in Saudi Arabia. (Susana Bates/San Francisco Chronicle)

Saudis tap US solar company for massive panel factory

Saudi officials signed an agreement Tuesday with Belmont, Calif.-based SunEdison Inc. to explore building a solar panel factory in the kingdom.
(AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

Climate change warning stickers on gasoline pumps?

A group of Bay Area environmentalists wants to slap warning stickers on gasoline pumps, telling drivers that the fuel they’re buying is cooking the planet. The stickers would constantly remind consumers of the link between driving and climate change.
Workers install solar panels on the roof of a home in Glendale, Calif.  (AP file photo/Reed Saxon)

California needs changes to meet 2050 emissions goals

Without policy changes and/or new technology, California will badly miss its target of slashing emissions 80 percent by 2050, according to a study by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Texas Solar Outfitters installs solar panels in a newly constructed home located in the Dominion Falls subdivision in Humble, Texas.

Solar switch forces utilities to shift priorities

Utilities fear solar’s rapid spread across homes and businesses, combined with the increasing efficiency of modern buildings and appliances, could slowly erode their ability to grow.
From left to right : Eduardo Silvio Chapal Quintera, Camilo Taremo Huamoni Coba, Toribo Aguinoa, Steven Donzinger and Wilmer Marbin Piaguaje present a letter for Texaco Chevron CEO David O'Reilly to a representative of the oil company. Donzinger is a lawyer representing the Equadorians. (MICHAEL MALONEY / The Chronicle)

Diary of the legal drama in lawsuit against Chevron

In April 2007, New York lawyer Steven Donziger flew to Ecuador convinced he was on the brink of victory against a formidable foe — Chevron Corp. On Tuesday, he’ll go on trial in New York, accused by Chevron of masterminding a massive judicial fraud.
Gov. Jerry Brown (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli,file)

Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown supports hydraulic fracturing

Speaking at a panel discussion on fracking, the head of California’s Department of Conservation, Mark Nechodom, said the governor backs the oil-production technique.
(Kimberly White/Bloomberg News)

New website tracks tar sands shipments to West Coast

Activists fighting Canadian oil sands launched a website that tracks tanker ships carrying the diluted bitumen from the oil sands and even alerts you when a “tar sands tanker” sails into your area.
(Getty Images)

Electric car charging stations – a new way to pay

ChargePoint is developing a new financing option that would let drivers of electric vehicles get a new charging station without paying the upfront cost of equipment or installation.