Author: Dan Bacher

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Will the State Water Board Destroy the CA Delta?

By Dan Bacher In comments to the press at the “Water 2.0 event” sponsored by the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) this January, Governor Jerry Brown claimed building the Delta Tunnels under the California Water Fix project is “absolutely necessary” for the “future” of California. Delta and fish advocates strongly disagree with the Governor’s claim. Delta […]

January 26th

Porter Ranch leak shows gas is a disaster for California

By Dan Bacher Three groups – Save Porter Ranch, the Sierra Club and Food & Water Watch – on Saturday, January 23 released a joint statement accusing the South Coast Air Quality Management District Hearing Board (AQMD) of making a decision regarding the SoCalGas Leak that “fails to adequately protect residents” of Porter Ranch and […]

January 25th

Jerry Brown’s big bad ties to oil and gas industry

By Dan Bacher In the latest scandal to plague the administration of Governor Jerry “Big Oil” Brown, the Public Accountability Initiative on December 17 revealed that Brown’s sister, Kathleen, was paid $188,380 in 2014 and $267,865 in 2013 .to serve on the board of Sempra Energy. That’s the company responsible for the devastating Porter Ranch Gas Leak – called […]

December 19th

Drought bill update: You can’t save delta by pumping more water

By Dan Bacher As Governor Jerry Brown resumes his campaign to build the salmon-killing Delta Tunnels after spending a week green washing his image in Paris at the Climate Summit, Congress is doing its best in Washington D.C. to eviscerate protections for Central Valley and Trinity/Klamath River salmon and steelhead. HR 2898, an agribusiness-backed “drought relief” bill that […]

December 15th

Jerry Brown grandstands in Paris as he fails to protect Latino children from fracking

By Dan Bacher An appeal in a lawsuit by the Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment exposes Governor Jerry Brown’s hypocrisy in grandstanding about climate change and green energy in Paris while his administration’s has failed to protect Latino public school children from the dangerous health impacts of fracking in Kern County.   A Kern County […]

December 15th

Feds fund water-stealing delta tunnels under false pretenses

By Dan Bacher Sacramento – A document obtained under a Public Records Act request reveals a “taxpayer grant” of a $17 million from the Bureau of Reclamation to the California Department of Water Resources under the Jerry Brown administration on July 30, 2015, according to a news release from Restore the Delta (RTD).  Read the federal agreement here. […]

December 10th

Indigenous leaders slam Jerry Brown for backing potentially genocidal carbon trading

By Dan Bacher At the end of his keynote address at the World Climate Summit in Paris on Tuesday, December 8, Indigenous leaders heckled Governor Jerry Brown, challenging him on his support of controversial carbon trading polices that represent “a new form of colonialism” that could potentially cause genocide. Brown had  just finished his brief remarks when  Penny Opal Plant of […]

December 9th

FDA okays Frankenfish – coming soon to YOUR dinner table

By Dan Bacher The federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on November 19 approved genetically engineered salmon, “Frankenfish,” as being “safe” for human consumption, in spite of massive public opposition to the decision. The Golden Gate Salmon Association (GGSA) announced it was “disappointed” in the decision, joining a broad coalition of fishing groups, environmental organizations, […]

December 3rd