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If Cali. Gov. Newsom wants to cut back on oil and fracking, why are new drilling permits up 190% in past 6 months?

As the California Resources Corporation and other oil companies filed for bankruptcy and COVID-19 cases shattered California daily records in the second quarter of 2020, oil regulators under Governor Gavin Newsom also shattered records for dispensing new oil and gas production well drilling permits, Consumer Watchdog and FracTracker Alliance said in a report released today. By Dan Bacher “The […]

September 3rd

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

Before the Rise for Climate March Sept. 8, read this: Big oil’s grip on California

In all of the press releases, announcements and reports I’ve seen regarding the Brown’s Last Chance campaign and the Rise for Climate Day of Action in San Francisco on September 8, I have not seen any serious discussion of the reason for the expansion of oil drilling in California and the state’s pro-oil and gas industry policies in recent years: […]

September 4th

Who Owns California 2018: Big Oil and the Western States Petroleum Association Exposed

This is an expanded and revised version of a short presentation that I made last night along with four other panelists at a Poor Peoples Campaign (PPC) teach-in entitled: This Is What Money Buys: Who Controls California?” in Sacramento last night. For more information about the PPC, go to the national website at: By Dan Bacher The Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) […]

June 16th

Western States Petroleum Association expands lobbying team. Get ready for MORE oil money in politics.

The Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA), the largest and most powerful corporate lobbying group in California, on November 30 announced the addition of Margo Parks to their in house lobbying team. “Margo’s energy, enthusiasm and understanding of California policy and politics will be a great asset to WSPA,” Catherine Reheis-Boyd, WSPA President and former Chair of the […]

December 1st

New reports expose racial and economic injustice, ineffectiveness of pollution trading

Two days after protesters from indigenous and front line communities challenged Governor Jerry Brown to leave oil and gas “in the ground” as he spoke during his European “climate tour,”  non-profit organizations released two new studies criticizing the racial and economic injustice behind and ineffectiveness of cap-and-trade programs. By Dan Bacher During the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change’s 23rd Conference of the […]

November 27th

Big oil expands its PR effort to own the California Legislature

The Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) on October 23 announced the hiring of international public relations expert Argelia León as the latest addition to their organization, the most powerful lobbying group in California. León will staff the position of Manager of Strategic Partnerships, where she will “manage growing and maintaining WSPA’s affiliations in the five western […]

October 25th

Big Oil defeats California bill to ban new offshore oil drilling

In spite of California’s “green” image, every bill except one opposed by the powerful oil industry has failed to make it out of the state legislature this year and during the 2015-2016 session. The latest victim of intense lobbying by Big Oil is Senate Bill 188, which would respond to President Donald Trump’s executive order opening the door to expanded offshore […]

September 6th

Cap-and-Trade: Big Oil lobbyist lauds outcome of carbon auction

If anybody had any illusions that the passage of Governor Jerry Brown’s cap-and-trade bill, AB 398, was good for the environment, one only has to read the statement issued by Catherine Reheis-Boyd, President of the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA), on August 23 praising the results of the state’s carbon auction. By Dan Bacher  “Today’s successful carbon auction […]

August 29th

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

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