Monday Must Read: Keystone Pipeline Protest Draws Thousands; Electric Cars Still Face Challenges



Stories you shouldn’t miss:

1. About 4,000 demonstrators in San Francisco yesterday protested the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which would ship dirty tar sands oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico, the Chron reports. The large demonstration coincided with protests throughout the country, including one in Washington DC, which drew tens of thousands of demonstrators. Environmentalists oppose the construction of the Keystone XL because it promises to expand the extraction of tar sands oil, which is the most carbon-intensive fossil fuel in the world and a major threat to climate change.

The Nissan Leaf.
  • The Nissan Leaf.
2. The sale of electric cars and plug-in hybrids continues to be slowed by the absence of battery-charging stations in California and throughout the country, the Chron reports. Apartment dwellers, in particular, are mostly blocked from purchasing electric cars because they have no way to plug in the vehicles.

3. The man accused of threatening to kill Bay Area Senator Leland Yee because Yee is pushing gun-control legislation has been charged with ten felonies, the Merc reports. Police also discovered a cache of weapons and bomb-making materials at the home of the accused — Everett Fred Basham of Santa Clara.

4. Governor Jerry Brown has been far more likely than his predecessors to uphold the release of convicted killers who have completed their prison sentences, the SacBee reports. Previous governors routinely blocked the release of parole-eligible prisoners despite recommendations from parole boards that the convicts be freed.

5. And new legislation introduced by Senator Leland Yee would guarantee that students at UC and CSU schools have access to voting sites on campus, the Chron reports.