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Oil in California:  will the real Jerry Brown please stand up

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By Bruce Baizel

August 31, 2015

Recent comments by Jerry Brown were bold indeed for an elected state governor, especially one whose state currently is one of the top producers of oil and gas:

“One-third of the oil that we know exists as reserves can never be taken out of the ground. Fifty percent of the gas can never be used.  [Yet] we have very powerful opposition that spends billions on trying to … elect troglodytes and other deniers of the obvious science,” Brown said.  

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Tagged with: fracking, california

Howling at the Moon: Last Chance for the Industry/State Partnership?

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By Bruce Baizel

September 9, 2014

On the day of the harvest moon, Colorado Governor Hickenlooper late yesterday evening released the names and the general mandate for his “blue ribbon” commission on oil and gas drilling.  Formed to avoid ballot issues this fall that would have allowed communities to determine if, and how, they would host oil and gas operations, the commission is formally tasked with addressing the siting of oil and gas facilities so as “to ensure that Colorado’s economy and environment remain healthy and robust.” Hardly a mandate to inspire, it represents the continuation of the state and fossil fuel industry collaboration that has brought us to the current state of political affairs. 

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Tagged with: fracking, colorado, local ordinances, hickenlooper, ballot initiatives, commission

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