Big Oil defeats California bill to ban new offshore oil drilling

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Showing the enormous power of the oil industry in California despite the state’s “green” image, every bill except one opposed by the powerful oil industry has failed to make it out of the state legislature this year and during the 2015-2016 session. The … Continued

Delta group says PPIC twin tunnels poll yields ‘bogus’ results

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The Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC), an organization that has published several pro-Delta Tunnels reports in recent years, in March released their annual survey of “Californians and Their Government” that included a controversial question about the tunnels. Pro-tunnels groups touted the results … Continued

The Revolving Door: WSPA President/Former MLPA Chair Hires Former Assemblyman Henry Perea As Senior V.P.

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The Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA), the most powerful corporate lobbying group in Sacramento, announced the hiring of former Assemblyman Henry T. Perea (D-Fresno) as Senior Vice President, Policy and Strategic Affairs, on March 27. In Perea’s new role, he will advise … Continued

Former MLPA Chair’s Big Oil Lobbying Group Tops Session Spending

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Western States Petroleum Association Finishes Second in 7th Quarter CA Lobbyist Expenses The Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) usually captures the top spot in the quarterly lobbying expenses listed on the California Secretary of State’s website, but Tom Steyer’s Next Generation … Continued

Fish and Game Commission Adopts Marine Protected Area Master Plan – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

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The California Fish and Game Commission on Wednesday, August 24, adopted the controversial Master Plan for Marine Protected Areas in California that delays regional scientific reviews of MPAs, as originally promised, from every five years to every ten years. After … Continued

Deep Regulatory Capture: The Links Between Delta Tunnels Plan and MLPA Initiative

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One of the least discussed issues in California environmental politics – and one of the most crucial to understanding Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels plan – is the clear connection between the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative and the California … Continued

Greenwashing Extinction: The Links between Delta Tunnels Plan and MLPA Initiative

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One of the least discussed issues in California environmental politics – and one of the most crucial to understanding Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels plan – is the clear connection between the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative and the California … Continued

California Fish and Game Commission Breaks Promise to Anglers

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Commission moves forward with plan to postpone MPA assessments  On April 13, the California Fish and Game Commission moved forward with a controversial final Marine Protected Area “Master Plan” that postpones environmental assessments from every 5 years, as originally promised, to every 10 … Continued

Commission To Vote On Postponing Scientific Assessments Of Marine Reserves

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The Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative, one of the most controversial environmental processes in California history, is known for its many broken promises and “inconvenient truths.” On April 13, the California Fish and Game Commission at its meeting in … Continued

Flashback Friday: Fundamental problems with MLPA Initiative still haven’t been resolved

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I wrote an article exposing the flaws of the controversial Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative for the Sacramento News and Review in 2009. Unfortunately, none of the fundamental problems with the process pinpointed in this and other articles have ever been resolved … Continued

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