Questions about the so-called “Natural Gas Shortage” and why your utility bills are increasing

At this time, there is global natural gas shortage due to harsh winters, the Ukraine crisis, and increased demand. However, the current prices hikes for customers of Southern California Gas, SDG&E,  and ultimately, Sempra Energy, may be completely unjustified and should command the attention of energy regulators. So far, SDG&E has claimed that it is unlawful for them to make a profit on natural gas sales…

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Why are my natural gas bills so high?

QUESTION:         Why are Compressed Natural Gas Prices SO high? ANSWER:       The utility companies claim: elongated cold weather spell brought with the rain CNG reserves low due to national temperature spikes Short commodity purchasing period   QUESTION:         What can consumers do to decrease their bills? ANSWER:            Consumers can: Turn down the thermostat Put on a sweater Fill any leaks that allow cold air to come inside…

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PG&E’s Dirty Diablo Canyon Deal will spike your Utility Bill by 3%

MEDIA ADVISORY Friday, December 30, 2022 San Diego, Calif. (December 30, 2022) – At the behest of Governor Newsom, the California legislature has voted to bail out Pacific Gas and Electric’s (PG&E’s) failing Diablo Canyon nuclear plant at your expense. The bailout will increase every ratepayer’s bill by 3%. The move will crush the competition from all Community Choice Aggregate’s (CCA), and no one in the…

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Comments of Nina Babiarz’ testimony to the California Coastal Commission on the possibility of Diablo Canyon nuke waste storage at SONGS

The Coastal Commission’s strangely-worded “Restrictions” on nuclear waste could have created a legal loophole that would have allowed San Onofre to accept nuclear waste from other nuclear power plants! NINA BABIARZ’ PUBLIC COMMENTS at the 10-13-2022 CA COASTAL COMMISSION MEETING My name is Nina Babiarz, a founding Board Member with Public Watchdogs and a member of Congressman Levin’s San Onofre Task Force for approximately 3 years. …

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Coastal Commission amends SONG nuke waste storage terms after hearing from Public Watchdogs’ public advocates

In early October of 2022, Public Watchdogs’ Director of Development noticed something peculiar about what should have been a very straight-forwarded licensing deal with Southern California Edison, the majority owners of the failed San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS).  What Nina noticed, buried deep within all the  bureaucratic double-talk in the Commission Agenda, was a clause that would have given Edison permission to bury waste from…

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MEDIA ALERT: Does the Coastal Commission intend to store Diablo Canyon’s nuclear waste at San Onofre?

Will Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) get a Coastal Commission amendment to send its nuclear waste to Southern California? After the year 2025, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) will run out of storage space for its deadly nuclear waste. This questionable proposed amendment by the California Coastal Commission staff  was tacked on signals  a direct connection to the last vote of the last   legislative  session of…

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Mexican quake causes four foot waves in California desert

The recent  September 19th earthquake  in Mexico measured 7.6 on the Richter magnitude scale.  The earthquake was so powerful that it not only rocked Mexico’s West Coast, it also created four foot high waves in Death Valley. The waves  (get video) occurred in a geothermal pool inside a massive limestone cave in Devil’s Hole Nevada, just a few miles from the California border. The cave, which…

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Public Watchdogs Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)

FOIA REQUEST: Under the Freedom of Information Act, please provide a copy of all referenced attachments and meeting notes contained within the NRC’s recent response to FOIA 2022–000142 previously submitted by Mr. Paul Blanch (see the original Blanch FOIA request at this NRC page: https://bit.ly/3TO5Swu ). A fee waiver and expedited processing are requested. Details:  Please provide copies of all calendar attachments and notes for The…

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These Leaders Deserve Your Vote of Thanks

Your utility bills are going to increase because of a reckless vote cast by your elected officials to keep Diablo Canyon open. Last night your representatives under cloak of darkness, in a secret midnight vote, opted to put their political aspirations above the public safety. How? By voting to keep the dangerously decrepit Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant open for business past its prime. Even if…

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Letter in opposition to keeping Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant open

Today, the LA Times published this letter from Public Watchdogs’ Board Member and Director of Development, Nina Babiarz.     Photo: Tracy Adams, Wikimedia While it’s somewhat surprising that Newsom would hang his political aspirations on the coattails of PG&E, which just emerged from a criminal probation during which it pleaded guilty to 85 counts of manslaughter, at least he’s revealing his true colors. It’s also…

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Keeping Diablo Canyon Open – The Devil is in the details

Governor Newsom is actively pressuring your elected officials to keep the aging Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant open. Newsom has promised Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) a $1.4 billion “forgivable loan” to keep it running, plus, the Senate is expected to vote on to keep Diablo open in the next few days!   Call or email these State Senators to avert this disaster! (Scroll down for…

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Oil price down, Gas prices up: Why increasing the supply of oil won’t lower gas prices in the short term

Why are gas prices going up when the price of oil is going down? Get the  KUSI interview on this story  with Public Watchdogs’ Executive Director, Charles Langley   There is a schism in the scheme of things. According to the “Laws of Supply and Demand,” the price of a commodity will increase when it is scarce, and decrease when it is abundant. As of this…

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That metallic taste? It’s possible you’ve been irradiated. 

That metallic taste in your mouth?  It could be brain damage. People who surf  near the failed San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) are rumored to occasionally report a metallic taste in their mouth while surfing. Southern California Edison (SCE), the owners of the shuttered nuke plant, use a system called “Dilute and Discharge,” to dump radioactive water from its spent nuclear fuel pools into the…

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Letter to Japanese Government on Fukushima radiation dumping

Today, Public Watchdogs joined as a signatory to An Open Letter to the Government of Japan from Concerned Groups, Elected Officials, and Scholars of the World. The letter  which will be hand-delivered to the Japaneses Consulate on August 1, 2022, condemns the government of Japan for its dumping radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean.  As of this writing, more than 130 organizations and scholars have signed…

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Public Watchdogs to intervene in San Onofre nuclear cost hearing at California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)

Public Watchdogs to Question San Onofre Cost to public Public Watchdogs has filed a formal Notice Of Intent (NOI)  with the California Public Utilities Commission to intervene on behalf of ratepayers in hearings involving the decommissioning of the failed San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) by  Southern California Edison (Edison). According to Public Watchdogs’ Executive Director, Charles Langley, “We will use forensic analyses to investigate and…

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