California’s anti-fracking movement is picking up momentum (you can read about it on SFC’s blog here). But it got us thinking: where are the grassroots efforts happening across California to ban fracking? We took a look and compiled them especially for you in this handy dandy map. If you have efforts we missed, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember all those crazy things Big Oil did and said? They do so many ridiculous things it’s hard to keep up. Luckily, we’ve been keeping tabs here at Stop Fooling – and we’re bringing it back to you one tidbit at a time in this Throwback Thursday series. Check it out weekly!
The oil industry spends a ton of money lobbying every year. But what exactly are they trying to buy?
We looked at 10 years of lobbying figures and lined them up with the policies being fought – and broke it all down for you in one infographic.
(Download the pdf here: Patterns & Practice)
Over the past few years, we’ve seen front groups pop up regularly. They’re funded through Big Oil and other dirty energy interest group dollars… and they’re designed to give the illusion that they represent average Californians.
But we know that Big Oil is the mastermind behind trying to unravel the state’s clean air laws. Help tell these front groups that we won’t be fooled. We know Big Oil is not people.
Front Groups map
Ever wonder how and where front groups are putting their energy? The short answer: just about everywhere. One of the perks of money being no object.
Public health, climate change, humanity remain insignificant issues to dirty energy companies influencing lawmakers to kill clean energy and climate change bills
SACRAMENTO, Calif.–Oil industry executives clinked glasses and patted each other on the back today, congratulating themselves on the staggering $11 million spent on lobbying efforts in California during the third quarter of 2015. Several executives were overheard praising their own efforts to defeat climate change and clean energy legislation intended to improve public health, reduce dependency on oil, and ensure the preservation of a livable climate for future generations.
The $11 million in lobbying expenditures were largely devoted to removing petroleum provisions from SB 350 (De León), and eclipsed the $10 million spent by the industry on the Yes on Prop 23 campaign in 2010, an unsuccessful effort to repeal AB32, California’s landmark climate legislation passed in 2006.
“After the $10 million stack we forklifted onto Prop 23 didn’t fool California, we knew there was only one alternative to keep John and Jane Doe dependent on oil and petroleum – spend more,” said Looten Plunder, CEO of a major oil company. “Luckily, as the most profitable industry in the world ever, we have paper stacks to the ceiling, so we can lobby California legislatures and keep the public addicted to our gas guzzling, dirty energy agenda.”
Although SB 350 was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown and will ensure California continues to lead the nation on energy efficiency and in the generation of electricity from renewable sources, a provision requiring a 50 percent reduction in petroleum use in the state over the next 15 years was removed from the final bill. A core group of moderate Democrats were largely seen as responsible for the removal of the petroleum provision after lobbying efforts by Big Oil swayed their vote.
“It’s incredible what a couple of nights at The Ritz Carlton and some juicy steak dinners can accomplish when it comes to manipulating California politicians,” noted Hoggish Greedly, a key industry lobbyist. “But really, who wants to create jobs, improve public health and listen to the scientific community when we can burn through money and fossil fuels? Throw in a couple of box seats to the game and it’s a win-win for everyone. And by ‘everyone,’ I mean oil executives.”
With fourth quarter lobbying expenditures not due until early 2016, it remains unclear whether or not Big Oil will set a new record for annual lobbying dollars spent by any industry in California history. Click here for an infographic highlighting all the laws the oil industry successful defeated this legislative session.
“You know the old saying about fooling some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time? Well apparently it only takes $11 million to fool moderate dems enough of the time,” said oil industry elder statesman Argos Bleak. “We’re proud of our team’s commitment to outspending anyone who dares challenge our future vision of status quo, which promises to hurt our economy, lower life expectancy, and destroy the climate for future generations. Fat cats have to get fatter, and we think last quarter’s lobbying figures show our commitment to throw money at politicians until we get our way.”
In case it’s not obvious yet, this press release is satire, brought to you by Stop Fooling California. We are an online public education and awareness campaign that highlights oil companies’ efforts to mislead and confuse Californians. It’s time to set the record straight. It’s time for Big Oil to #StopFoolingCA http://www.