Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times

Sammy Roth

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles, CA, United States

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Recent articles by Sammy:

Can solar farms and wild places coexist in the American West?

Public lands are being fought over more fiercely than ever. → Read More

Want jobs and clean energy? This overlooked technology could deliver both

"You could have all the renewable energy in the world. But if you don't have the transmission lines, you have nothing," Arnold Schwarzenegger once said. → Read More

Remember the Aliso Canyon disaster? SoCalGas just tried to delay safety tests

The company cited the COVID-19 pandemic, but state officials denied the request. Aliso was the site of the largest gas leak in U.S. history. → Read More

California's clean energy programs mainly benefit the rich

Electric vehicles, plug-ins hybrids and rooftop solar installations are way more common in wealthier parts of Los Angeles County. → Read More

A long-simmering water battle comes to a boil in Southern California

Who controls the Imperial Valley's Colorado River water? Lawyers for a farmer and an irrigation district are duking it out in court. → Read More

PG&E after bankruptcy looks a lot like the old PG&E

As Pacific Gas & Electric exits bankruptcy, it's not clear there's anything fundamentally different about the California utility. → Read More

How to shut down urban oil drilling? This city has an unusual idea

Culver City is considering a plan to end fossil fuel extraction in its portion of the Inglewood Oil Field in metropolitan Los Angeles. → Read More

Why communities fighting for fair policing also demand environmental justice

There are countless links between environmental degradation and racial inequality, and the climate crisis often hits people of color hardest. → Read More

COVID-19. Heat waves. And for the most vulnerable, no A/C

In this week's Boiling Point newsletter, we're talking fossil fuel divestment, the California coastline and Joshua trees. → Read More

4 million Southern California jobs may be at risk because of coronavirus, report finds

The region faces a dire economic outlook over the next two years. → Read More

Boiling Point: The '30 by 30' plan to save nature

In this week's climate and environment newsletter, we're talking dam failures, clean hydrogen and a volcanic eruption. → Read More

First-of-its-kind clean hydrogen plant planned for Los Angeles County

The climate-friendly technology caught the attention of Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris, a maverick Republican. → Read More

Boiling Point: Giant batteries are changing everything for clean energy

In this week's climate and environment newsletter, we're talking megadrought, Tesla and the rapidly approaching fire season. → Read More

America has lost 600,000 clean energy jobs. Here are ideas for bringing them back

Public investment could help reverse the job losses while also reducing pollution and fighting climate change, experts say. → Read More

Climate change matters more than ever during the coronavirus

Welcome to the first edition of Boiling Point, a newsletter about climate change, energy and the environment in the American West. → Read More

SoCalGas union leader threatened protest despite coronavirus

Eric Hofmann told San Luis Obispo officials he would bus in "hundreds and hundreds of pissed off people potentially adding to this pandemic." → Read More

Coronavirus Today: COVID-19 and the climate crisis

Our special-edition newsletter breaks down the latest coronavirus news, including a look at how the state will reopen and the connection that COVID-19 has to our environment. → Read More

Fires are coming. But PG&E and some cities are holding up battery backups

Some solar workers have been ordered down from rooftops after neighbors called the police, solar industry officials say. → Read More

As a dying Salton Sea spews harmful dust, Imperial Valley water wars heat up again

An election in Southern California's farming mecca could have ramifications across the American West. → Read More

Clean energy can be a 'huge job creator' as economy recovers, Tom Steyer says

Gov. Gavin Newsom tapped Steyer to help craft California'e economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He discusses some of his task force's goals. → Read More