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Morning greens: Green energy debates in sunny weather

Did you go green by riding the subway — with no pants on? ABC7 reports on the third L.A. celebration of Improv Everywhere’s annual event on Sunday.

If your pantless legs were cold on Sunday, you’ll be glad to know you can expect warmer weather this week. L.A. Now reports that “By Thursday, officials expect highs in the low 70s and lows in the 50s.”

L.A. crews repaired thousands of potholes over the weekend. Both cyclists and motorists should be enjoying smoother rides — How was your commute?

Visit a national park free this year. The National Parks Service offers 17 fee-free days in 2011. (via ABC7)

California’s solar power projects pit environmentalists against each other. In a feature article, Reuters looks into an “awkward state of affairs”: “To a growing number of environmental advocates, the dozens of large solar plants that are springing up in vast areas of the western wilderness are more scourge than savior.”

In national news: U.S.’s renewable fuel mandate can’t be met with ethanol. Wired’s Autopia reports on a study published in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics: “They conclude that the focus on ethanol production in general is misguided regardless of the source, simply because consumption will hit what they call a ‘blend wall.’ unless radical (and expensive) changes are made to our automotive infrastructure.”

Lastly and organically: Do you remember when eating organic was uncool? In Salon, Pha Lo talks about growing up in a Hmong refugee community in Sacramento, when he was embarrassed by his family’s organic gardening ways. “I hated everything about the way we got food — from the paint-bucket chili peppers to the communal pig, cut up in pieces, ready to be bagged and shared.”