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James Barba

Program Associate, Energy & Climate Program


James Barba

James Barba is Program Associate for Energy & Climate at Next Generation. James brings experience working on multiple political campaigns at the state and local levels; as a legislative intern with California State Senator Kevin de León; and as an intern with the energy and environmental policy team at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C. He previously completed a two-year term of service as an AmeriCorps Jumpstart preschool tutor in San Francisco’s Bayview Hunters Point community from 2008-2010, and has also worked in various capacities for the Alliance to Save Energy, the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, Clean Water Action, and the Sustainable Engineering and Ecological Design (SEED) Program at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

James graduated Magna cum laude, with Highest Honors in Politics, from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Posts by James Barba

Energy & Climate

Groundwater to the rescue in drought-stricken California – but not without costs

This week, UC Davis released a final report on the economic impacts of this year’s drought on California’s agricultural industry. Groundwater pumping, the report says, will significantly soften the drought’s blow to farm operations, easing anticipated losses statewide to $2.2 billion from the $3.6 billion the industry projected earlier this year.

Energy & Climate

California Oil Industry Jobs: “There you go again”

Despite previous debunking of a similar piece of research, the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) just released an economic impact study by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAECD), claiming the industry supported nearly half a million direct and indirect jobs and generated $113 billion in economic value in California in 2012.

Energy & Climate

Survey Says: U.S. Schools Need Energy Overhaul

Half of the nation’s public school facilities need at least $200 billion in repairs and modernization to be considered in good overall condition. Such findings point to the importance of programs such as California’s Proposition 39, which closed a corporate-tax loophole and diverted half of the new revenue to energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in public schools.

Energy & Climate

Invitation: Panel Discussion on Monterey Shale

Next Generation, the Post Carbon Institute, and Physicians, Scientists and Engineers for Healthy Energy invite you to join a panel discussion on the energy and economic potential of California’s Monterey Shale formation.

Energy & Climate

A Roadmap to Energy Savings for Schools

Can cash-strapped and resource-strained schools afford energy upgrades? In fact, they can't afford NOT to modernize, so Lawrence Berkeley National Lab put together a new guide to financing retrofits for schools.