All Blog articles by Dan Bacher

Feinstein delays controversial drought legislation until next year

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) announced on November 20 that she has abandoned the secret negotiations to craft a controversial drought relief bill this year, but said she will try to pass the legislation next year. 

The delay is a victory by a coalition of fishing groups,...

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30,000 people demand that Governor Brown halt offshore fracking

The state and federal governments have been in collusion with Big Oil in California for decades - and people concerned about the future of fish, wildlife and the oceans are fed up with the fact that Southern California's oceans were fracked at least 203 times over the past 20 years. 

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Western States Petroleum Association spent $4 million lobbying this summer

The oil industry spent millions in political campaigns in California this election cycle, led by the over $7.6 million that they used to defeat a measure calling for a fracking ban in Santa Barbara County. 

Catherine Reheis-Boyd, President of the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA)...
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Goliath Wins Against David on Prop. 1

Proposition 1, Governor Jerry Brown's $7.5 billion water bond, sailed to easy victory last night, as forecasted in a number of polls. 

The election results show how the power of millions of dollars of corporate money in the corrupt oligarchy of California were able to defeat a how a...

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Goliath Gets Bigger: Prop. 1 War Chest Grows to $16.4 Million

The debate over the pros and cons of Proposition 1, Jerry Brown's $7.5 billion water bond, is very important, but an even bigger issue in any environmental battle or process is the money behind the campaign. 

The big corporate money behind the water bond largely determines who the bond...
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Nature Conservancy contributes $500,000 to Yes on Prop. 1 campaign

The Nature Conservancy, one of the largest recipients of Walton Family Foundation money every year, has joined Big Oil, corporate agribusiness, the health insurance industry, tobacco giant Philip Morris and greedy billionaires in dumping big money into the Yes on Proposition 1 campaign. 
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Chief Caleen Sisk: It Is All One BIG Project

 

Tribal leaders and river and groundwater protection advocates on Monday, October 27, announced their strong opposition to Proposition 1, Governor Jerry Brown's controversial State Water Bond, at a news conference in Redding 

The Prop 1 opponents spoke and answered questions at Lake...
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Contributions to Yes on Prop. 1 and 2 campaigns rise to over $13 million

Campaign contributions to the Yes on Proposition 1 and 2 campaigns soared to $13,212,726 on Friday, October 24 as corporate agribusiness, oil companies, billionaires, the health care industry and other corporate interests continued to dump millions of dollars into Jerry Brown’s campaign to...

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Governor Reveals True Intent of Prop. 1 - the Brown Water Plan

After months of misrepresenting the true purpose of Proposition 1, Governor Jerry Brown "inadvertently undermined his own message" at a recent Stanford water conference, according to a statement from Prop. 1 opponents. 

Brown, one of the worst governors for fish, water and the environment in...

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No on Prop. 1: Where is the water to show for billions borrowed from previous bonds?

In his latest TV ad promoting the water bond, Governor Jerry Brown claims that the voters' approval of Propositions 1 and 2 will "save water" and "save money."

 “It’s been over 50 years since we built the State Water Project that’s been the backbone of California,” says the Governor...

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