Tag Archives: Oil Lobbyists in California

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 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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California Democrats Under Laundering Investigation

The ECOreport reposts a story about donations from oil, energy and utility influencing the 2014 Governor’s election, California Democrats Under Laundering Investigation 

Originally Published on the Daily KOS

by Dan Bacher

The California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) announced on September 23 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.
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Do The Pacific Coast’s Climate Leaders Mean Business?

As the Governor’s of Washington, Oregon and California join with BC to sign a new climate plan,The ECOreport asks do the Pacific Coast’s Climate Leaders mean business?  

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1On 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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Big Oil Spends Millions Hindering Californian EVs

The ECOreport reposts revelations that  Big Oil spends millions hindering Californian EVs

Originally Published on Greenpeace Energydesk

By Christine Ottery

The oil industry and oil trade associations in California spent millions of dollars last year to kill off legislation that would have meant the significant take-up of electric vehicles in the state.

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California Oil Lobby Spent $22 Million in 2015

The ECOreport reposts an expose chronicling how  the California Oil Lobby Spent $22 Million in 2015

Originally Published on the East Bay Express

By Dan Bacher

The oil industry spent a record $22 million lobbying California legislators and officials last year, allowing it to largely determine which bills passed and which bills didn’t pass through the Legislature.

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California’s Biggest Gusher Is Oil Lobby Money

In the first nine months of 2015, oil interests spent a total $17.7 million to influence state politicians. California’s Biggest Gusher Is Oil Lobby Money

Originally Published on the Daily KOS

by Dan Bacher

California has over the years acquired a largely undeserved reputation for being the nation’s “green” leader when in fact the state’s so-called “visionary” environmental policies have resulted in some of the most polluted rivers and air, most imperiled fish populations, most destructive public work projects and most racist and environmentally unjust treatment of Indigenous Peoples and people of color in the nation.

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How Big Oil Dollars Saturate California

Sacramento’s biggest lobbyist group is the The Western States Petroleum Association, but there are others. How big oil dollars saturate California

Originally Published on Indybay.org & Daily KOS

By Dan Bacher

The Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA), the largest and most powerful corporate lobbying group in Sacramento, set a new record for spending in one quarter when it spent an amazing $6,750,666.60 lobbying state officials in the third quarter of 2015 to lobby against Senate Bill 350, Senate Bill 32 and other environmental bills it opposed.

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California’s Fracking Ban was Deferred Again

The Western States Petroleum Association and other oil company lobbyists are believed to be responsible. California’s Fracking Ban was Deferred Again.

Originally Published on the Daily KOS

by Dan Bacher

Senator Mike McGuire vowed that he will try again next year to pass a bill to forever protect California’s coast from new offshore oil development in state waters – the California Coastal Protection Act (SB 788) – after the legislation failed twice because of intense opposition by Big Oil.

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Oil Lobbyist Oversaw Creation Of Fouled “Marine Protected Areas”

Editor: Dan Bacher reports that an oil lobbyist oversaw creation of fouled “marine protection areas” at Santa Barbara. The former chair of the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) initiative Blue Ribbon Task Force to create so-called marine “protected areas” (MPA) in Southern California, including four MPAs being fouled by the spill, was Catherine Reheis-Boyd. She is also President of the Western States Petroleum Association and the company whose pipeline ruptured belonged to her association. 

Originally Published on the Daily KOS

by Dan Bacher

The head of the same oil industry trade association that lobbies for the Plains All  American Pipeline corporation, whose corroded pipeline rupture caused a massive oil spill off Refugio State Beach on May 19, is the very same person who chaired the panel that created the so-called “marine protected areas” that have been fouled with crude oil.

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