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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

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

California utilities devote $1 billion to electric transportation

California’s three largest utilities have filed proposals with the state’s public utilities commission that would allocate up to $1 billion in new spending to “accelerate widespread transportation electrification” to reduce dependence on oil, improve air quality,  increase access to vehicles with no tailpipe emissions, and slash carbon pollution from within the state. by Steve Hanley, NRDC The proposals […]

February 7th

Resist! 6 States Leading The Way In Clean Energy & Climate Legislation

Let’s face it. Going forward, the United States’ role in fighting the climate crisis on the international stage is uncertain. However, there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic, because states around the country are already leading the way in clean energy and climate legislation. (Originally appeared at our sister site, Cleantechnica. Originally published on The […]

January 30th

Did Jerry Brown’s campaign launder dirty money from big oil?

by Dan Bacher The California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) announced  that it has opened an investigation into the California Democratic Party in response to a report by a prominent consumer group claiming that the party acted as a “laundry machine” to funnel donations from oil, energy and utility companies to Brown’s 2014 election campaign.  In her letter to the Santa Monica-based Consumer Watchdog, Galena […]

September 29th

Cali county voters pass fracking ban

By Dan Bacher The voters in Butte County, California approved a fracking ban, Measure E, by an overwhelming 71 percent on June 7. Butte is the fourth California county to ban the environmentally destructive and dangerous method of oil extraction, according to a statement from Frack-Free Butte County,  the campaign organized by the Citizens Action Network (CAN), in coordination with the Butte Environmental […]

June 10th

Offshore fracking returns to Cali. Thanks, Obama?

By Dan Bacher Claiming that fracking poses no significant impact to the environment, Obama administration officials on May 27 finalized their plans to allow oil companies to resume offshore fracking and acidizing  in California’s Santa Barbara Channel. The announcement from the two agencies responsible for oil drilling, the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Management (BOEM) and the […]

May 28th

High speed rail coming to California?

By Bruce McF Hey, long time no see! The Sunday Train was on hiatus during the Chinese Fall Semester, as I had four sections to teach four hours a week with two new preps and one repeat prep, plus two weekend sections of an eight week intro to macro class for the  International MBA (all […]

February 21st

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

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