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Do The Pacific Coast’s Climate Leaders Mean Business?

By Roy L Hales

On June 1, 2016, the Governors of Washington, Oregon and California joined British Columbia’s Environment Minister and representatives from six West Coast cities, in the Borgia Room of San Francisco’s Westin St. Francis Hotel, to sign what history may show was a key milestone in the struggle to mount a concerted defence against the ravages of global temperature rise. The 2016 Pacific Coast Climate Leadership Action Plan has a strong emphasis on issues like ocean acidification; the integration of clean energy into the power grid; “support for efforts by the insurance industry and regulatory system to highlight the economic costs of climate change; and so-called “super pollutants” (also known as short-lived climate pollutants).” This sounds good, but do the Pacific Coast’s “Climate Leaders” mean business?

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How Far Does Does Oil Money Reach in Californian Politics?

By Roy L Hales

How far does does oil money reach in Californian politics? The newly released study Big Oil Floods the Capitol: How California’s Oil Companies Funnel Funds into the Legislature discovered they spent $143.3 million on Californian political candidates and campaigns during the past fifteen years. The vast majority of Senators and Assemblymen have accepted contributions.

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