All posts by Dan Bacher

Dan Bacher is an established reporter on Californian politics and also editor of "The Fish Sniffer," the World's #1 Newspaper dedicated to Fishermen.

Sacramento’s Biggest Corporate Lobby

THE ECOreport reposts an OP-Ed: the Western States Petroleum Association’s grip on California,  Sacramento’s Biggest Corporate Lobby

by Dan Bacher

This is a revised transcript of a short speech that I gave at the end of the “Changefest rally” held on the north steps of the State Capitol in Sacramento on January 21. I will post a report on the rally later.

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California’s Carbon Trading Legislation = Business As Usual

The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED, California’s Carbon Trading Legislation = Business As Usual

Originally Posted on the Daily KOS

By Dan Bacher

On January 12, California Assemblymembers Autumn R. Burke, Jim Cooper, Evan Low, and Blanca Rubio introduced legislation, AB 151, to extend the state’s cap-and-trade program beyond 2020.

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Obama Signs California’s Poisoned Water Bill

The ECOreport reposts the story of a “good bill” spoiled by a highly controversial rider, Obama Signs California’s Poisoned Water Bill

Originally Posted on the Daily KOS

By Dan Bacher

In a slap in the face to fishermen, Tribes, environmental justice advocates, conservationists and family farmers, President Obama on Friday signed the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act into law with its environmentally destructive Big Ag rider sponsored by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Congressman Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).

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Trump’s Interior Secretary Pick

The ECOreport reposts another expose of the incoming American Administration, Trump’s Interior Secretary Pick 

Originally Published on the Daily KOS

By Dan Bacher

Reports of President-elect Trump’s nomination of Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers to head the U.S. Department of the Interior have drawn outrage and concern from conservation groups and public trust advocates.

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Two Top California Water Officials Retire Amidst Growing Opposition

The ECOreport reposts another story from the Twin Tunnels debate, Two top California water officials retire amidst growing opposition

Originally Posted on the fishsniffer, Daily KOS & Indybay.org

by Dan Bacher

Mark Cowin, the Director of the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), and Carl Torgersen, the DWR Chief Deputy Director, will be retiring from their positions at the embattled agency at the end of 2016.

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Standing Rock Sioux Respond to Corps Decision to Not Grant Easement

The ECOreport reposts news from the struggle to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline, Standing Rock Sioux respond to Corps decision to not grant easement

Originally Published on the Daily KOS

By Dan Bacher

he Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has just issued a statement on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers decision to not approve an easement that will allow the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe.

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Sacramento To Vote On Standing Rock Resolution

The ECOreport reposts news from California, Sacramento To Vote On Standing Rock Resolution

Originally posted on the Daily KOS

by Dan Bacher

In a surprisingly quick action, the Sacramento City Council on Tuesday night voted to put a resolution in support of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s struggle against the Dakota Access Pipeline on the consent calendar for the next council meeting on December 6 starting at 6 pm.

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California’s Biggest Lobby Group Spent $49.5 Million Since 2009

The ECOreport reposts news of Big Oil’s continuing interference, California’s Biggest Lobby Group Spent $49.5 Million Since 2009

Originally Posted on the Daily KOS

By Dan Bacher

The Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) is not a household name in California and the West, but it should be.

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Sacramento Residents In Solidarity With Standing Rock Sioux

The ECOreport reposts news of a protest in California, Sacramento residents in solidarity with Standing Rock Sioux

Originally Published on Indybay.org

by Dan Bacher

Over 500 Sacramento area residents, including Native Americans, social justice advocates and environmentalists, joined tens of thousands of others throughout the world on November 15 to demand that the Obama administration and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers halt the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL).

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Proposition That Public Approve Projects Over $2 Billion Narrowly Defeated

The ECOreport reposts a story of the ongoing battle to protect California’s environment, Proposition That Public Approve Projects Over $2 Billion Narrowly Defeated

Originally Published on the Fishsniffer

By Dan Bacher

On November 22, the California Secretary of State’s Office announced that the voters narrowly defeated Proposition 53, an initiative requiring voter approval of revenue bonds over $2 billion, by a narrow margin of 50.9 percent to 49.1 percent.

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