Jerry Brown

Question Cliff's Fitness for the PUC

Aliso Canyon was the biggest methane well blowout in U.S. history, and we still don't know why it happened. The California Public Utilities Commission just reopened the facility without the necessary environmental and safety reviews, so we have no way of knowing if it will happen again. 

Governor Brown, Me Thinks Thou Dost Protest Too Much

Governor Jerry Brown is circling the wagons around the Public Utilities Commission in the face of our criticism that one of this latest appointments—his trusted advisor on all things energy and environment Cliff Rechtschaffen—is a lapdog of the oil industry

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California Democratic Party Cleaning House Or Covering Its Ass?

An investigation by the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) into whether the California Democratic Party laundered oil and energy company donations for Governor Brown looks like it’s having a side effect: The CDP issued a new decree that it won’t accept any more political donations from oil companies or their Sacramento reps.

Message To Governor Jerry Brown: State Fracking Is Cracking

Since assuming office in 2011, Governor Jerry Brown has protected oil drilling and fracking, despite his commitment to battle climate change. But it will be hard for him to ignore a ban on fracking in Monterey County just passed by voters who backed Measure Z.

Self-Driving Cars, Drones, And The Western Grid: What They Have In Common

Self-driving cars. Grocery deliveries by drone. A humming “Western grid” providing the cheapest, cleanest power ever. Governor Jerry Brown invoked them all during a lunch break at a special symposium in Sacramento on the future of California’s electrical grid.

Brown's Fingerprints on Corpses of Bills To Allow Superior Court Review of PRA Denials

The timing was breathtaking. On August 31, a state court ruled Governor Brown’s emails in a utility scandal could not be made public because the Superior Court had no jurisdiction. 

Late that night, as this year’s legislative session closed, Brown reneged on a summer agreement he made with lawmakers to create such court review in a sweeping package of Public Utility Commission reforms. 

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