Author: Dan Bacher

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Delta Tunnels project slammed by an avalanche of lawsuits

An avalanche of lawsuits against Governor Jerry Brown and President Donald Trump’s Delta Tunnels project has hit the courts. Today a coalition of groups filed a lawsuit against the Tunnels, considered by opponents to be the most environmentally destructive public works project in California history, in Sacramento Superior Court. By Dan Bacher  The groups include the AquAlliance, California […]

August 22nd

LA County ratepayers rally against the Brown/Trump water-stealing Delta Tunnels

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) is considering raising water bills and taxes in Los Angeles County to fund Governor Jerry  Brown and President Donald Trump’s giant multi-billion-dollar Delta Tunnels, considered by opponents to be the most environmentally destructive public works project in California history. By Dan Bacher  This afternoon starting at 2 p.m., MWD […]

August 14th

Delta Tunnels: The fight to block the California WaterFix comes down to the wire

In the latest battle in the California water wars, Restore the Delta (RTD) submitted a formal letter to the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) of Southern California, laying out “various fiscal, environmental, and supply reliability risks of the [California WaterFix/ Delta Tunnels] for not only Southern California, but the entire state.” By Dan Bacher  Growing numbers of Southern California ratepayers […]

August 12th

California’s largest boating group says “No thanks” to Jerry Brown’s water-stealing Delta Tunnels

The Recreational Boaters of California (RBOC), a non-profit organization serving the boating community, on August 3 announced its opposition to Governor Jerry Brown’s California WaterFix/ Delta Tunnels, a massive construction project that they say could “seriously impact” boaters’ access to the Delta for many generations to come. By Dan Bacher  “The 1,000 miles of waterways in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta […]

August 10th

Cap-and-trade: Big oil continues to praise Jerry Brown’s supposedly green bill

How should we judge the environmental impact of California Governor Jerry Brown’s latest green “victory”, his cap-and-trade extension? Hint: If big oil loves it, how green can it be?  By Dan Bacher  Catherine Reheis-Boyd, President of the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) and former Chair of the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative Blue Ribbon Task […]

August 5th

Big Oil spent $10.8 million to pass Jerry Brown’s cap-and-trade bill

State officials and the mainstream media depicted the passage of Governor Jerry Brown’s cap-and-trade bill last month as a “historic climate victory,” but over 65 environmental justice, conservation and public interest organizations slammed the bill because of the devastating impact it will have on front line communities, the people of California and our air and water. By Dan […]

August 2nd

Delta Tunnels: DFW issues permit to kill endangered salmon & smelt

The deal made between the Jerry Brown and Donald Trump administrations to fast-track the construction of the Governor’s Delta Tunnels project, a deal that I predicted on election night 2016, is becoming more apparent nearly every day. By Dan Bacher  On July 28, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, under the helm of Director Chuck Bonham, issued an “incidental […]

August 1st

Cap and Trade: Jerry Brown signs his bill (and calls opponents political terrorists)

At Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay with the San Francisco skyline right behind him on July 25, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 398 by Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella), controversial legislation that extends California’s cap-and-trade program for another ten years until 2030. By Dan Bacher “California is leading the world in dealing with a principal existential threat that humanity faces,” […]

July 28th

Drain the Swamp: Trump’s Interior Deputy just can’t stop lobbying

President Donald Trump promised to drain the swamp in Washington, D.C., but it appears that he has instead exchanged the swamp alligators with one horrendous “Creature from the Black Lagoon” after another in his administration. By Dan Bacher  In the latest Trump regime scandal, a prominent watchdog group called on the U.S. Attorney for the District of Colombia to […]

July 21st

Goldman Sachs gives low-ball estimate of Delta Tunnels costs

Westlands Water District, dubbed the “Darth Vader” of California water politics by Tribes, fishermen,  conservationists and environmentalists, has been in the news a lot lately. On Monday, Goldman Sachs gave the water district a presentation on financing for Jerry Brown’s water-stealing Delta Tunnels/WaterFix project, and, unsurprisingly, told them what they wanted to hear. By Dan Bacher  Westlands […]

July 21st

There’s a new head for California water policy, but don’t expect new direction

California’s embattled Department of Water Resources (DWR) got a new director this week: Governor Jerry Brown appointed Grant Davis, 54, of Petaluma to head the agency, reeling from intense international and national media scrutiny of its mishandling of the Oroville Dam spillway crisis. By Dan Bacher DWR is also the lead state agency in the collaborative effort […]

July 20th

California’s Chevron-written cap-and-trade bill passes

More than 50 environmental justice and consumer organizations are outraged by the California Legislature’s passage last night of Big Oil’s cap-and-trade bill, Assembly Bill 398,  while Governor Jerry Brown, legislators and the Western States Petroleum Association are celebrating at the State Capitol. By Dan Bacher  Governor Brown, Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and […]

July 18th

Jerry Brown’s cap-and-trade bill passes Senate Environmental Quality Committee

Assembly Bill 398, Governor Jerry Brown’s legislation extending California’s controversial cap-and-trade program, passed the Senate Environmental Quality Committee by a five- to-two party line vote today. It will head to the Senate floor on Monday, July 17. By Dan Bacher The bill is opposed by many environmental justice, consumer and conservation groups, although supported by some “Big Green” NGOs, including the Natural Resources Defense […]

July 13th