Energy

Popular Backlash Builds Against Jerry Brown’s Browning Of California

Big Oil and Gas may have a tight grip on California, but a popular backlash against the industry and its corrupt relationships in the halls of power could lead to the prying off of its fingers one by one.

Brown Not So Green: Californians Paying Billions Extra For Dirty Energy

Californians are paying billions of dollars too much for electric plants we don't need. That's the finding of a major Los Angeles Times investigation and a new Consumer Watchdog report explains why.

Governor Brown has embraced the building of fossil fuel generated electricity, along with the reopening of Aliso Canyon's gas reserve, even while Californians have a glut of electric capacity. 

Will Governor Brown Respond To Jane Fowler’s Plea To Shutter Aliso Canyon?

Jane Fowler is asking Jerry Brown to shut down the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility permanently. She lives just a little over a mile away from the facility that she says has given her nosebleeds, nausea, and a host of other symptoms. She started feeling sick weeks before Southern California Gas ever admitted there was a massive well blow out at the facility. After a seven-month hiatus from her home, she returned only to find her symptoms back again.

First Big Test for Attorney General Becerra: Investigating Sempra and SoCalGas

State Attorney General Xavier Becerra has just been confirmed. Now he's got a big test in front of him. Our public interest group, together with Food & Water Watch, just wrote him, urging him to investigate unfair business practices in the manipulation of Los Angeles natural gas supplies by Southern California Gas, its parent Sempra, and pipeline manager Kinder Morgan.

Bravo To Air Regulators For Making Southland Refineries Safer

The South Coast Air Quality Management District’s move to recommend a ban on highly dangerous modified hydrofluoric acid (MHF) used at two Southland refineries is the only sensible thing to do in the wake of a 2015 explosion at one of them that could have severely burned or killed thousands.

Brown Stacks CPUC With Confidant Who Did Wet Work For Oil Industry In Firing Tough Oil Well Regulators

Governor Jerry Brown appointed Cliff Rechtschaffen as a Commissioner to the scandal-plagued Public Utilities Commission, along with another current Brown staffer, Martha Guzman Aceves. This gives Brown power for the next six years over the PUC, even though he will be leaving office in two.
 
It's a deeply troubling appointment given Rechtschaffen's role in carrying out the demands of the oil industry in the firing of two tough wellhead regulators at the Department of Conservation and Department of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) in 2011.  
 

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