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Brown's Dirty Hands

Governor Brown has traveled the world speaking out against climate change. But an exhaustive review of his Administration's actions shows they've often helped oil, gas and utility companies at the expense of the environment and the consumer, and that contributions from the companies often followed.

Why the Legislature Likely Saw the Regional Grid as Déjà Vu All Over Again

In 2002 I stood up in front of the U.S. Senate Energy Committee and presented reasons why Enron had caused the so called “California Energy Crisis.”  I was alone that day on a panel of senior regulators and energy officials.  My picture in the New York Times the next day captured the puzzled looks of my more important panelists as I failed to support the consensus that nothing was wrong.  

Fooled Again? Western Grid Is Big Game At End of Session

The stage is being set for another end-of-the-session swindle of the consumer and the environment by some of the same cast of characters who took the state to the cleaners the first time.  

PUC Papers Reveal 100,000+ Internal Emails, Docs From PUC Corruption Ring

Consumer Watchdog, the publisher of Capitol Watchdog, has launched the first searchable website with hundreds of thousands of emails and other files uncovered from corruption scandals at the California Public Utilities Commission.
 
www.PUCpapers.org allows the public, journalists, advocates, litigators, students and policymakers to search and uncover evidence about inappropriate relationships between regulated utilities,  their regulators, their investors, and public officials. 
 

Oops,"No Blackouts This Summer," Edison, So Cal Gas Now Say!

The much awaited hearing in the Senate Utilities, Energy and Communications Committee this morning was largely a dud, but it offered some key admissions by the utilities and energy regulators.
 
Despite widespread warnings to the contrary, in the report issued by energy regulators and So Cal Gas that was the subject of the hearing, there will be no blackouts this summer due to Aliso's closure.  
 

Super Tuesday For Aliso Canyon

At 9:30 AM on Tuesday the California Senate Energy, Utilities, and Communications Committee will examine whether So Cal Gas and state energy regulators rigged a report claiming there would be blackouts in LA if Aliso Canyon's natural gas storage stays off line.
 
The hearings have the potential to pull the curtain back on who really wrote the report (So Cal Gas?)  and whether the public was misled.  
 

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