Author: Dan Bacher

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Trump picks lobbyist who funnelled cash to big ag as Deputy Sec of Interior. (What could go wrong?)

“Before confirming David Bernhardt as Deputy Secretary of Interior… it is critical to understand whether federal laws were broken, twisted or bent while Mr. Bernhardt was Solicitor and again while employed by Westlands.  Limited disclosures to date reveal that millions of taxpayer dollars have gone to benefit Westlands that should have been deposited in the Federal […]

June 6th

Jerry Brown poses as ‘climate leader’ while he promotes fracking, Delta Tunnels

He’s a political genius when it comes to working media, since he’s convinced much of the state, national and international media that he’s a “climate leader” and “green governor” when Jerry Brown actually oversees some of the most environmentally devastating policies of any governor in recent California history. By Dan Bacher Responding to President Donald Trump’s […]

June 6th

Jerry Brown’s water-stealing Delta Tunnels still wrong for California

Below is my three-minute testimony before the Delta Stewardship Council in Sacramento yesterday on the Delta Tunnels plan. I was the last one to make public comment at the meeting. Unfortunately, many residents of the South Delta community of Discovery Bay were unable to speak during the public comment period because their chartered bus had to leave at […]

May 26th

West Coast salmon fishery in state of disaster

California Governor Jerry Brown and Oregon Governor Kate Brown have sent a letter  to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross requesting declaration of a catastrophic regional fishery disaster and commercial fishery failure for salmon in their states. By Dan Bacher The declaration begins the process for requesting federal aid to assist commercial salmon trollers and […]

May 26th

How green is California? Agencies are deep in the pockets of Big Ag and Big Oil

California is portrayed as the green leader, but the reality is much different. The state has some good environmental laws that protect our rivers, lakes, streams and ocean waters, but they’re enforced very poorly. These laws includes the California Endangered Species Act, California Environmental Water Quality Act, California Coastal Act, Marine Life Protection Act and […]

May 22nd

Will Trump admin back Jerry Brown’s water-stealing Delta Tunnels?

After meeting with California Governor Jerry Brown on April 13,  U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke said he “appreciated the positive and productive conversation” with Brown about “public lands, water infrastructure and projects throughout California” that are managed by the Department of Interior. By Dan Bacher One of the topics they talked about was Governor Brown’s controversial plan to […]

April 14th

California Democrats drop F-bomb on Trump’s environmental mess

By Dan Bacher California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton today issued a statement expressing how he feels about the Trump administration’s environmental protection rollbacks: “Since he failed in his efforts to screw millions out of their health care, Donald Trump has switched his attention to fucking up our environment and the air we breath.” I’ve […]

April 12th

The environmental injustice behind the Oroville Dam crisis

At a time when local, national and international mainstream media are focusing on the Oroville Dam crisis, it’s important for reporters to dig deeper and understand the context that the emergency, which spurred the evacuation of over 188,000 people in Butte, Yuba and Sutter counties, occurs within. One of the least discussed issues in California environmental […]

April 7th

Consumer Group Says Oil Industry, Not Consumers, Should Pay New Gas Tax

Governor Jerry Brown and legislative leaders hail the Governor’s plan to fix roads, freeways and bridges across California as a “landmark transportation investment,” but a prominent consumer group says Brown’s gas tax to fix roads should come out of oil companies’ windfall profits — and not out of consumers’ wallets. By Dan Bacher At a press conference on March […]

April 3rd

Native American and Environmental Groups Sue Over Trump’s Keystone XL Pipeline Permit

The Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) and North Coast Rivers Alliance (NCRA) filed suit in Federal District Court in Great Falls, Montana on Monday, March 27, challenging the Presidential Permit issued by President Trump allowing construction and operation of the Keystone XL Pipeline. By Dan Bacher IEN’s and NCRA’s Complaint challenging the State Department’s approval of […]

April 1st

Jerry Brown’s water-stealing Delta Tunnels Plan will also devastate salmon

Federal scientists strongly disagree with Gov. Jerry Brown’s claim that “best scientific thinking” supports the construction of California’s Delta tunnels. In fact, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has released a draft biological opinion documenting the harm the tunnels would cause to salmon, steelhead, Delta and longfin smelt, other fish and wildlife species, and water quality. […]

March 20th

Environmental Water Caucus: “Just say no” to Cali’s water-stealing Delta Tunnels

As Governor Jerry Brown continues to push for the construction of two massive water tunnels under The Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, the Environmental Water Caucus on January 27 submitted their comments on the Final Delta Tunnels EIR/EIS. Read the comments here. By Dan Bacher In summary, EWC, a coalition of conservation groups, Tribes, fishing organizations and environmental justice groups, continues to […]

January 31st

Jerry Brown promises resistance to Trump (but wants money for his delta tunnels boondoggle)

By Dan Bacher California Governor Jerry Brown today delivered his State of the State Address, portraying his administration as the “Resistance” to the policies of Donald Trump while at the same time praising the President for his plan to spend $1 trillion in infrastructure funding. The mainstream media, some NGOs and many California politicians immediately gushed over the […]

January 24th