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CEC to showcase electric vehicles for every style and budget

CEC to showcase electric vehicles for every style and budget

With 18 models of electric vehicles (EVs) now on the market—from the affordable to the luxurious—attendees of CEC’s upcoming Green Car Show at the Goleta Lemon Festival will have plenty to talk about. Join us Sunday, September 21 between 10 am and 5 pm at Girsh Park to talk directly with local owners of various pure electric and plug-in hybrid cars.

Written by Michael Chiacos, Posted in Green Car Show, News from CEC, Choose Electric, Events


We Urge You to Vote Yes on Measure P

We Urge You to Vote Yes on Measure P

Measure P: the Healthy Air & Water Initiative to Ban Fracking in Santa Barbara County

Measure P campaign has a symbolic weight that has not been lost on energy executives...In 1969, the county's scenic coastline was befouled by an oil spill that served as a catalyst for the modern environmental movement and spawned some of the nation's core anti-pollution laws...Chevron Corp. and other energy companies have hired a team of California's top political consultants to fight the measure." Los Angeles Times, August 18, 2014

On November 4, we will be going to the polls to make Santa Barbara County the first major oil-producing region in the nation to ban high-risk oil extraction techniques. It is a chance to protect the people of our county from extreme forms of oil development that are severely damaging communities around the US.


Written by Dave Davis, Posted in News from CEC, Get Involved


Measure P Will Protect Santa Barbara County from Extreme Oil

by Katie Davis, CEC Partnership Council & Communications Director, SB County Water Guardians

Measure P Will Protect Santa Barbara County from Extreme Oil

Here in Santa Barbara County we have co-existed with the oil industry for a long time and if Measure P passes in November, will continue to do so. The initiative exempts all current oil operations and so does not affect any current oil jobs or revenue. It also doesn’t limit future oil wells using conventional techniques.

Posted in News from CEC, Get Involved, Action Alert


From Solar Heated Boxes to Hot Air and Water


From Solar Heated Boxes to Hot Air and Water

“6,000 Years of Solar” is a series about the history of solar energy technology drawn from John Perlin’s new book Let It Shine: The 6,000-Year Story of Solar Energy. The series profiles the fascinating people, from ancient Greece and China to late 19th century New York to today, who have made the present day solar revolution possible.

John Perlin is an analyst in the physics department of the University of California, Santa Barbara and is a former CEC Staffer. He oversees solar installations at the university, and he writes, speaks, and lectures about solar energy.

The French mathematician Joseph Fourier in the early nineteen hundreds modeled global warming with the solar hot box built by Horace de Saussure almost a century earlier. The solar hot box consisted of a well-insulated box with the top covered by layers of glass. When exposed to the sun, Saussure obtained temperatures inside the box exceeding 240 degrees Fahrenheit (116 degrees Celsius).

Posted in News from CEC, Go Solar


In Memoriam: Joan Crowder

by Paul Relis, former CEC Executive Director

In Memoriam: Joan Crowder

Long before she made a name for herself as a cultural writer for the Santa Barbara News-Press, Joan Crowder was a volunteer editor of the Santa Barbara Survival Times, a fledgling monthly magazine published by CEC in the aftermath of the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill.

Posted in News from CEC, Get Involved

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