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Western States Petroleum Association, Chevron spend $2.7 million lobbying California in 1st quarter of 2020

From January 1 to March 31, 2020, the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA), the largest and most powerful corporate lobby in California, spent $1,089,702 lobbying state officials, according to financial data filed with the California Secretary of State on April 30. Meanwhile, after the Legislature recessed at home during the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. oil prices collapsed below […]

May 4th

Energy storage ramps up to bury coal and natural gas

Everybody knows that coal is on the way out, but the latest electricity report from BloombergNEF is something of a shocker. It casts a shadow of gloom over natural gas, too. Low-cost renewables are creeping into gas territory, helped along by falling costs for energy storage. In fact, according to BNEF, energy storage is now a cheaper […]

May 1st

Green New Deal vs Fracking: Big oil wants to scare you with ludicrous numbers (But it just ain’t so!)

On Wednesday, a trio of right-wing groups released a report claiming that, per the Daily Caller, the Green New Deal would cost swing-state households $75,000 a year. If this sounds familiar, that’s because it’s just an update to a similar report they put out last year which found the GND would cost households $70,000 a year. Since we disassembled […]

Fracking has led to a bust for Pennsylvania school district finances

Unconventional natural gas development has transformed American energy over the past decade. Hydraulic fracturing, often popularly referred to as “fracking,” is a process used in extracting oil or gas resources from underground formations such as shale or sandstone. In Pennsylvania and elsewhere, this has been an industrially intensive method, and wells are often drilled a mile […]

February 13th

Natural gas – the rough beast fracking toward Bethlehem

After I read the article “Solar + Wind = 10% of US Electricity Generation in 1st Half of 2018,” by Zachary Shahan, I started slipping into a blue funk. The article showed that growth in electric generation by renewable technologies was sluggish, and natural gas was gaining use rapidly. The situation is quite the reverse […]

September 25th

Jerry Brown has six youths arrested for sitting in his office and demanding a freeze on fossil fuel drilling

As massive wildfires continued to ravage the state, 35 California youth held a sit-in at Governor Jerry Brown’s office at the state capitol in Sacramento Tuesday, demanding that he freeze new fossil fuel drilling and develop a plan to phase out oil and gas extraction. Six of them were arrested Tuesday night as they continued the sit-in in at the […]

August 8th

California offshore drilling ban moves forward (but Big Oil is fighting it)

After passing the California Senate Natural Resources Committee on a 6 to 2 vote on April 16, legislation authored by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) to block the Trump Administration from expanding federal offshore oil drilling in new leases off the California coast was referred to the suspense file of the powerful Appropriations Committee on […]

May 17th