How much is $56 million?

It’s enough to buy a gallon of $4 gas for every household in California.* It’s enough to spend $471,000 on each California Senator and Assemblymember. It’s a lot of lobster dinners. Chevron and oil lobbyists like the Western States Petroleum Association…

Western States Petroleum Association Top Spender In 2013

 By Dan Bacher | Feburary 10, 2014 The Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA), the most powerful corporate lobbying organization in Sacramento, spent over $4.67 million, more than any other interest group, while lobbying state government in 2013, according to data…

Air Resources Board issues nearly $1 million in fines for failures to report greenhouse gas emissions

January 27, 2014 SACRAMENTO – The Air Resources Board has announced nearly $1 million in penalties against three companies for late or inaccurate reporting of their greenhouse gas emissions for 2011. This action marks the second time the Air Resources Board…

Viewpoints: Modernize California’s freight transportation system to cut pollution

By Don Anair and Emiliano Mataka | January 19, 2014 Our economy depends on trucks, trains and ships powered primarily by diesel fuel to move our food, household goods and other commodities in a constant flow throughout California. Unfortunately, freight commerce takes a toll on…

Feather in his cap-and-trade: Brown pledges polluter fees to poor communities

 By Brentin Mock | January 10, 2014 While free-market environmentalists push cap-and-trade systems as a panacea for climate change worries, many in the environmental justice community have yet to buy into it. Their reasons for this vary, but one major…

Big Oil Lobby Claims The Industry ‘Gets No Subsidies, Zero, Nothing’

By Rebecca Leber | January 9, 2014 Despite ranking among the most profitable corporations in the world, Big Oil benefits from $4 billion in annual tax breaks. It fights to maintain them through aggressive political donations, lobbying, and heavy ad spending, but also…

L.A. Doesn’t Wait for AQMD, Sues to Block Neighborhood Oil Wells from Restarting

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer sued Allenco Energy Inc.on Tuesday to keep shut oil wells it operates between the University of Southern California and downtown while investigators look into complaints of illness among nearby low-income residents. Allenco closed the wells…

Editorial: Chevron refinery report exposes national regulatory problem

 Two new federal reports on the 2012 Chevron refinery explosion and fire reveal a broken regulatory system and a company insufficiently sensitive to the safety of its workers and the community. The conclusion is clear: Industry cannot be trusted to…

Who Is Responsible for Climate Change? New Study Identifies the Top 90 Producers of Industrial Carbon Emissions

By Peter Frumhoff | November 21, 2013 Today’s publication in the journal Climatic Change by Richard Heede on Tracing anthropogenic carbon dioxide and methane emissions to fossil fuel and cement producers, 1854-2010 provides a robust scientific basis for motivating fresh thinking and dialogue…

Just 90 companies caused two-thirds of man-made global warming emissions

By Suzanne Goldenberg | November 20, 2013 The climate crisis of the 21st century has been caused largely by just 90 companies, which between them produced nearly two-thirds of the greenhouse gas emissions generated since the dawning of the industrial…