gina's blog

News

An oil boom is transforming the eastern Mediterranean — and changing relationships, especially with Israel

Published: 
Tue, 03/12/2019 - 1:23pm

In 2007, Mathios Rigas spent $1.13 million to buy a near-dormant oil well in Greece with a license that was about to expire. The engineer-turned-banker hired a Venezuelan petroleum chemist, the only person he had met in Greece who knew about oil and gas. 

News

Tesla plans to raise prices and backpedals on closing most stores

Published: 
Tue, 03/12/2019 - 1:04pm

Elon Musk is backtracking from a jarring change in Tesla Inc.’s retail strategy, keeping many of the automaker’s stores open and raising the prices of its electric cars as a result.

News

Plant smugglers take ‘massive’ toll on California's Dudleya farinosa succulent species

Published: 
Tue, 03/12/2019 - 12:46pm

On his belly in the bushes in a camouflage ghillie suit, California game warden Patrick Freeling came across a bulging backpack resting on a blufftop and knew he was onto something big.

News

California wants to reform PG&E, but just how is uncertain

Published: 
Tue, 03/12/2019 - 12:35pm

The easiest step, said UC Berkeley energy economist Severin Borenstein, is “probably the thing that most people would be unhappy about”: reorganizing the company with a new management team and board and “just letting them continue on.” Several PG&E executives, including the previous CEO, recently departed the company, and at least half of the board will soon be gone as well.

News

Sick marine mammals turning up on California beaches in droves

Published: 
Sun, 03/10/2019 - 11:02pm

The deep blue waters and crashing waves along the coast of California provide a picturesque backdrop to the state’s shores, but the sight has been marred of late.