New Bipartisan Poll Reveals Strong Support for Cleaner Gasoline and Vehicles

Washington, D.C. (January 30, 2013)

An overwhelming majority of voters supports the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) setting stricter standards on gasoline and tighter emissions standards for cars, SUVs and trucks according to the American Lung Association’s latest survey.

This bipartisan telephone survey of 800 registered voters, conducted during January 13-16, 2013, finds that nearly two-thirds of voters surveyed across the country support strengthening standards that limit sulfur in gasoline and tighten the limits on tailpipe emissions from new vehicles. These revised standards would reduce pollution from cars, trucks and SUVs, would protect public health and would create jobs by encouraging innovation.

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Chevron fined nearly $1M for Calif. refinery fire

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Chevron was fined nearly $1 million by the state on Wednesday in connection with a fire at the company’s San Francisco Bay area refinery last year that sent a cloud of gas and black smoke over residential areas.

The California Division of Occupation Safety and Health said investigators found “willful violations” in Chevron Corp.’s response before, during and after the Aug. 6 fire in Richmond caused by an old, leaky pipe in one of the facility’s crude units.

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Valero fourth-quarter profits hit $1 billion-mark

Valero Energy Corp. reported net income of $1 billion, or $1.82 per share, on revenues of $34.7 billion during the fourth quarter of 2012.

This compares to net income of $45 million, or eight cents per share, during the prior-year quarter. Revenues were up 0.1 percent. The company was able to improve its financial performance due to a significant improvement in refining margins.

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The attempt to derail California’s clean-air policies

California businesses and the public at large are beginning to reap the substantial rewards of our state’s landmark clean air and energy policies. Unfortunately, this progress is in significant jeopardy thanks to the oil industry and other dirty energy companies that continue to do everything possible to undermine these laws. It is important to remember the long history of these efforts by looking at the facts – and that means treading over some familiar turf.

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Valley air district $500 million fund targets diesel pollution

As the economy shrunk government budgets over the past five years, a special air district fund quietly has grown tenfold — beyond $100 million annually.

But it’s no slush fund, and it isn’t the target of activist lawsuits. This obscure pot of money is a key to curbing diesel pollution, the biggest California air-quality problem of this era.

It’s the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District’s incentive fund, bankrolled by government agencies, businesses and your vehicle registration fees.

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Today at 12pm! Twitter chat / Big Oil hosting closed-door meeting

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Oil companies and their allies are working to overturn California’s historic clean air, clean fuels and clean energy laws. This Thursday Big Oil is hosting a closed-door meeting in Burbank to plot their latest strategies to overturn our state’s popular and effective clean air standards.

Join the conversation this THURSDAY Jan. 24th at NOON and tell Big Oil to Stop Fooling California!

How you can join the conversation:

— Log into Twitter at 12:00pm on January 24th
— Tweet one of the messages we crafted below or write your own – be sure to use #stopfoolingCA
— Chat with others using #stopfoolingCA

Messages to Tweet:

— Californians paid $60 billion @ the pump in 2011. Oil companies spend tens of
millions to kill CA’s clean energy standards #stopfoolingCA
— Big Oil makes more in 1 minute than 96% of U.S. households make in 1 year #stopfoolingCA
— Big Oil receives more than $21.4 million in federal tax breaks per day #stopfoolingCA

We can’t fight big oil’s big wallet, but we can out-organize them and we need your help. Send this invite to your followers, listervs, friends and more to help spread the word.

– Stop Fooling CA Campaign

ConocoPhillips, Valero Top Ca’s List of Toxic Polluters

Toxic chemical releases by refineries and manufacturing plants in California have increased since 2010, and two Bay Area facilities are among the top ten distributors of the dangerous substances, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials said Wednesday.

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Richmond Mayor Joins Protesters at Chevron Refinery

Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin joined peaceful demonstrators during a rally in front of Chevron refinery in Richmond, Calif., on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013. About 300 people from the nationwide movement called “Money Out, Voters In” demanded lawmakers pass measures that limit the corrosive influence of money in politics and expand democratic participation at the polls. Chevron donated substantial amounts of money to both local and national campaigns.

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