Adam Beam

Government, Fuel

California Lawmakers Propose Ban on Fracking by 2027

Pump jacks operating in Bakersfield, Calif. (Jae C. Hong/Associated Press)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — New legislation would ban all fracking in California by 2027, taking aim at the powerful oil and gas industry in a state already planning to ban the sale of new gas-powered cars by 2035.

Adam Beam | Associated Press
February 17, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

California Aims to End Sales of New Gas-Powered Cars, Trucks by 2035

California Gov. Gavin Newsom tours the Building Resilience Center in Paradise, Calif. California Gov. Gavin Newsom urged state residents to "pull away from the gas pumps." (Carin Dorghalli/The Chico Enterprise-Record via AP)

California will aim to halt sales of new gasoline-powered passenger cars and trucks by 2035, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Sept. 23, a move he says would cut greenhouse gas emissions by 35% in the nation’s most populous state.

Adam Beam | Associated Press
September 23, 2020
Government, Business

California Judge Rules Uber, Lyft Drivers Are Employees

Supporters of AB 5 circle the Capitol in Sacramento in August of 2019 In August of 2019, supporters of AB 5 circle the Capitol in Sacramento. (Rick Pedroncelli/Associated Press)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A judge on Aug. 10 ordered ride-hailing giants Uber and Lyft to treat their California drivers as employees instead of independent contractors, but the ruling won't take effect right away as both companies said they will immediately appeal to a higher court.

Adam Beam | Associated Press
August 11, 2020
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel, Autonomous

California Considers Requiring Zero-Emission Truck Sales

Traffic on SF-Oakland Bay Bridge Traffic on Interstate 80 across the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in San Francisco. (Ben Margot/AP)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The country’s most populous state could become the first to require a portion of new truck sales be electric or “zero emission” vehicles as California grapples with how to clean up its worst-in-the nation air quality.

Adam Beam | Associated Press
December 13, 2019
Government, Business, Fuel

California Governor Wants Investigation of High Gas Prices

Xavier Becerra and Gavin Newsom California Gov. Gavin Newsom (left) and Attorney General Xavier Becerra by Rich Pedroncelli/AP

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California’s governor has asked the attorney general to investigate why the state’s gas prices are so high, pointing to a new report suggesting big oil companies are “misleading and overcharging customers” by as much as $1 per gallon.

Adam Beam | Associated Press
October 22, 2019