Oil

California: The Oil Industry's Golden Goose

2015 may be remembered as the year that refiners swindled Californians at the pump and bamboozled lawmakers in the Capitol – and got away with it.   

Los Angeles County Non-Profit Fronts for Big Oil

Big Oil has a long track record of using front groups to protect its interests and mislead Californians. But who would have guessed that a non-profit group created by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors would be one of them? 
 

Will Jerry Brown Apologize for Using State Workers for Personal Business?

Amid ongoing media scrutiny of Gov. Jerry Brown for using state workers to search for oil on his own private land, he and his staff continue to claim that he received no special treatment. That's untrue, and instead of being tone-deaf to the growing consensus, he should acknowledge his mistake and apologize. 

This Lap DOGGR Don't Hunt

Governor Jerry Brown makes himself out to be a Knight in Shining Armor battling Big Oil over climate change. So why is he using public funds to search for oil on his own private land?
 

To Sway Lawmakers, California Lobbying Spending Continues to Increase

Another quarter, another tens of millions of dollars spent on lobbying lawmakers. In 2015, $236 million has been spent on lobbying, with $86 million in this quarter alone, according to the Secretary of State. Last year, at the same time, $224 million was spent in the first three quarters of the year, with $79 million in the third quarter. 

Big Oil Spends Millions to Protect Billions

For the oil industry, this year’s legislative session was full of doomsday legislation – bills targeting petroleum use, emissions, environmental protection, and profits. For the rest of us, it was the opposite – a bright spot in the battle over climate change. It’s no surprise then that the oil industry spent $11 million on lobbying in the third quarter alone. But that’s a pittance compared to the billions of dollars in profit it was protecting. 

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