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Does Going Green Mean Environmental Destruction?

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is the biggest publicly owned utility in the nation. Mayor Villagraigosa wants it to go green. Geothermal energy could replace coal-fired power plants, but there are tradeoffs. Geothermal sources are far away, and that means building new power lines. Will national forests and wildlife refuges be destroyed? On Reporter's Notebook, the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.

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Green Power Versus Green Spaces ()

State law requires private utilities to generate 20% of their power from renewable sources by 2010.  The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is exempt because it’s publicly owned, but Mayor Villagraigosa wants to meet that goal anyway.  We’ll talk about that in a moment.  First, the issue of building new power lines to bring geothermal power to Los Angeles from the Imperial Valley.  Environmentalists are worried that the new “energy corridor” will destroy habitat on protected lands. 

  • April Sall: Manager of the Pipes Canyon and Mission Creek desert preserves
  • David Nahai: President of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Commission
  • Gregg Fishman: Public Information Officer for the California Independent Systems Operator

Reporter's Notebook

What is Going on in Book Publishing? ()

This weekend will be time again for the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on the campus of UCLA: 97 panels of authors, 300 booksellers, publishers and other exhibitors in Southern California’s biggest literary event of the year.  We hear from David Ulin, editor of the Book Review Section of the LA Times.


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Which Way L.A.? is made possible in part by the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, and the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation, which supports study and research into policy issues of the Los Angeles region.

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