Ingrid LobetInvestigative Reporter, inewsource
Ingrid Lobet previously worked with the team of journalists at inewsource, a nonprofit journalism enterprise embedded in the KPBS newsroom. Lobet has covered the environment, energy and climate for 14 years and been recognized with several national awards, including IRE, Edward R. Murrow, Scripps Howard and the Polk (team). She served on the investigative team at the Houston Chronicle and produced stories for Marketplace and the Center for Investigative Reporting. When screen time overwhelms she reverts to carpentry, her first trade.
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KPBS Midday EditionNatural gas is leaking — sometimes deliberately — from residential gas meters up and down the state of California. That surprise is buried in state documents, a review by inewsource has found.
Recently inewsource reported that for climate reasons, some environmental groups are starting to advocate for all-electric homes. Those are homes in which all the appliances including heaters, hot water heaters and stoves run on electricity, not natural gas.
Not long ago natural gas — the fuel that probably gave you your hot shower this morning — was hailed as the clean “bridge fuel,” the one that would create a safe transition for society from yesterday’s dirtier home fuels, coal and oil, to a fully renewable future.
KPBS Midday EditionThe problem has existed since the 1960s and been known to state officials and the companies responsible since the 1980s. But the Masters family and many of their neighbors just found out last fall, after inewsource published an online map of the contamination.
A key vote this week in Sacramento has moved California closer than most people could imagine to a future in which all electricity — 100 percent of it — is produced without releasing more carbon into the air.
Ametek, Inc. is offering to test the air in any home in the three mobile home communities located over an increasingly high profile chemical plume that runs underground through part of El Cajon.
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