Southern California environment news and trends

Photo of the Day: Watch the vivid yellow of the sun's coronal mass ejection

NASA/Solar Dynamics Observatory

Coronal mass ejections have no potential to hurt people, but they can affect communications systems and satellites.

NASA/Solar Dynamics Observatory

Gases that are heated and electronically supercharged brighten the surface of the sun.

NASA/Solar Dynamics Observatory

Solar material ends up flowing off into space. That's the bright spot.

Sometimes, journalists spend all day monitoring regulatory hearings. So it has been with the advanced clean cars provram at the Air Resources Board (here in LA, happening at the Metropolitan Water District offices). It's risky business, alright. You run the risk of going cross eyed listening to public comment, techncial talk, and discussion among board members. Someday I'm going to come up with a bingo board for regulatory hearings, and it will include phrases like "kicking the can down the road," "broad cross-section of stakeholders," "landmark," and "bravo." At some point this afternoon, one guy in favor of what the Air Resources Board is doing spoke just after several specialty and minority Chambers of Commerce that don't, and he remarked on it. Chair Mary Nichols must have been punchy, because she advised the guy to form a chamber of commerce of his own.