California’s Energy Transition

  • January 18, 2024

California has set carbon-neutrality goals for 2045 in a move away from fossil fuels to combat global warming. Kern County, where oil and gas production is a key industry, is at the epicenter of this transition’s push and pull. KVPR News’ Joshua Yeager and Inside Climate News’ Emma Foehringer Merchant are tracking the developments in the changing energy landscape. 

This project is a collaboration of KVPR, Inside Climate News, Investigative Editing Corps and Report for America.

Editor: Mia Zuckerkandel

Mia Zuckerkandel has overseen investigations about migrant teens working in seafood processing plants, illegal bail schemes in county jails, and dangerous conditions in public housing. She has edited stories for The Pandora Papers, PBS NewsHour, Reveal, RIPR and the FRONTLINE Local Journalism Initiative, and KQED, among other outlets. And she has led projects that have spurred government action and won awards.
Mia has also produced television newscasts, news specials and documentaries, as well as radio shows and animations. And she has worked for and with news startups.

Top image: Kern County officials are considering a proposal by California Resources Corporation, an oil producer, to build Carbon Terravault 1, a carbon capture and storage facility, near Bakersfield, CA. (Harika Maddala/Catchlight)