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Omnibus Bill: The American People Deserve Better

By Roy L Hales

The US Omnibus Bill was passed by overwhelming majorities in both the Senate (65 to 33) and House of Representatives (316 to 113). America’s solar and wind sectors are now assured they will receive incentives for another five years, but there is a lot to be concerned about in legislation. I agree with Senator Dan Sullivan of Alaska’s (Rep.) summation of the process behind the omnibus bill: the American people deserve better.
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Did California’s Oil Lobby Buy SB 1132?

By Roy L Hales

The Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA), alone, spent $1.4 million during the first three months of 2014.  Senate Bill 1132 called for a seven month moratorium of fracking while the Natural Resources Agency conducted “an independent scientific study” to ascertain what dangers fracking presents to Californians and the environment. When a bill like this is defeated, (tied 16-16, with 8 abstaining) one has to wonder why. Did California’s oil lobby buy SB 1132?
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Did the Western States Petroleum Association Kill Bill AB 1323?

By Roy L Hales

The Western States Petroleum Association has spent more lobbying than any other special interest group in California. According to figures from the Secretary of State, they spent $5.7 million in 2012 and $2.2 million in the first six months of 2013.  That is more than any other lobby group in  California. Continue reading Did the Western States Petroleum Association Kill Bill AB 1323?