Molly Peterson Environment Correspondent

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Molly Peterson is an award-winning environment correspondent at Southern California Public Radio.

Molly has reported, edited, directed programs, and produced stories for NPR and NPR shows including "Day to Day" and KQED's "California Report." She was a contributing producer for Nick Spitzer's weekly music program, "American Routes," and reported for "Living on Earth" in the Gulf of Mexico after Hurricanes Katrina & Rita. Prior to joining KPCC, she produced a nationally-distributed radio documentary about New Orleans called "Finding Solid Ground."

A former LA Press Club radio journalist of the year, Molly reported on the faulty pumps installed at New Orleans canals after Hurricane Katrina. That project was a finalist for an Investigative Reporters and Editors award.

Molly worked for NPR American legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg during the Clinton Impeachment.

She studied international politics at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, and graduated from UC Hastings College of the Law. She is an inactive member of the State Bar of California.

Molly was lucky enough to grow up climbing northern California trees and fishing eastern Sierra waters.

Stories by Molly Peterson

One (Coachella) Block Off the Grid

You know how one roll of toilet paper at CVS costs approximately one million dollars, but 36 at Costco costs just a little bit more? Group purchasing works the same way: and starting this week, Coachella Valley residents have access to a service from San Francisco-based 1 Block Off the Grid that allows homeowners to leverage collective purchasing power for solar panels.

DWP drops solar incentives for rooftop solar - does this become Council's problem?

This week - a month after the last time they considered it - the Commissioners of the Board of Water and Power voted to drop the incentives for rooftop solar starting in January. The initial incentive's $3.

Is the best defense to climage change a good offense? Or is it God?

Politico had a story the other day about John Shimkus, a Republican congressman from Illinois "signalling his desire" to be in charge of the Energy and Commerce committee in the new Congress.

Environmental regrouping: on the California model

From the weekend: Greentech money and venture capitalists may have defeated proposition 23, but environmental cause took a shellacking (thanks Prez O, and check this story from my pals at NPR on the meaning of the term) everyplace else, just about.

Fishing closed after oil spill in Long Beach Harbor

Don't drop a line or a net or bait in the water down by Pier J. Fish and game officials have created a no-take zone where oil spilled in Long Beach Harbor. The map's below. The spill happened Sunday during a routine fuelling operation at a visiting vessel's tank: rules outlined in the DFG order prevent taking finfish or shellfish from either docks or vessels while the state Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment figures out what the human health risk is.

Bond report finds DWP, other utilities not accounting for water scarcity

A report published late last month by Ceres looks at risks for municipal water bond holders - stemming from how the underlying water systems manage their supplies. Ceres says that risk is getting bigger:

At REThink:Green - looking for a greener lifestyle

I've been working on a story about rooftop solar power in the last few days - so I was interested in talking to folks in the industry about how well that works in California. One person I interviewed was Sungetivity's Danny Kennedy - who I met Saturday night at the Rethink:Green event at the Blackwelder complex in Culver City.

City of Malibu to update septic tank talks

Monday night in the 'Bu: Malibu's city council will get an update on the status of a septic system ban in the Civic Center Area - the one approved earlier this year by the State Water Resources Control Board.

TraPac expansion brings $16 million (so far) to port communities

You might remember an expansion at the Port of Los Angeles from 3 years ago at the TraPac area - if for no other reason that it was featured prominently in America's Port, a reality show on National Geographic:

Lies, damned lies, statistics, and the coast [UPDATED]

Over at LA Observed, Kevin Roderick points out that Jerry Brown is governor because he won the coast. (Official state results here, you can mouse over each county to get results.)

Despite backing from Texas oil refiners, Prop 23 loses by large margin

A ballot measure to suspend California’s climate change policies won financial backing from Texas oil refiners, but voters defeated it by the largest margin in Tuesday’s election.

State parks get no love as Prop 21 goes down

Backers of a measure aimed at securing funding for state parks blaimed a noisy and cluttered election for the fact that Proposition 21 didn't attract enough voters. The measure would have tacked an $18 charge onto vehicle registrations, in exchange for which California-registered cars would have gotten free admission to state parks and beaches.

Environmental politics and election results

KPCC's Molly Peterson has been tracking climate policy in the U.S. Senate race, environmental politics in the Governor's race, and ballot measures of interest to the green community: Proposition 21 (the State Parks Initiative); Prop 23 (the California Jobs Initiative, which would freeze AB32 for an indefinite period of time), and Proposition 26 (which would make raising fees on polluters more challenging).

Green tech, green activists, celebrate (likely) defeat of Prop 23

Environmental groups gathered at Global Green USA headquarters in Santa Monica patted themselves on the back - in some cases, literally - for creating a coalition of environmental and business interests that together seem to have brought defeat to Proposition 23.

Just wanted to get this in under the wire

Not all of my AB 32/proposition 23 reporting made it to the radio.