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Ohio’s bailout of nuclear plants is one of several questionable schemes between lawmakers and energy companies

ENERGY COMPANIES HAVE SPENT BILLIONS ON PROJECTS THAT GO NOWHERE Ohio’s high-profile bailout of nuclear plants is just one of several questionable schemes between lawmakers and energy companies. Akela LacyAugust 7 2020 – in the INTERCEPT FEDERAL AGENTS ARRESTED Ohio State House Speaker Larry Householder last month on racketeering and bribery charges in a $60 million scheme involving a utility-funded political slush fund and a $1.3 billion bailout of two state nuclear power plants. Householder was charged, along with four others, in relation to controlling the slush fund and using it to fund campaigns for himself and his preferred candidates in return for passing the bailout bill, in what federal prosecutors called a quid pro quo. It’s the biggest corruption scandal in Ohio history.RelatedOhio Republicans Balked […]

Climate Crisis

CA Senate votes not to have protective zones around oil wells

CA Senate committee votes 4 to 5 against bill to create health and safety zones around oil wells Published on August 7th, 2020 in the Red and the Green California, a state that state officials and the mainstream media constantly portray as “green” and “progressive,” still doesn’t have health and safety setbacks around oil and gas wells like Texas, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Maryland, North Dakota and other states do. By Dan Bacher The  Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water yesterday voted 4-5 against AB 345 (Muratsuchi), a bill that would help to create health and safety buffer zones for the nearly 1.8 million Californians who currently reside in highly polluted areas close to oil and gas wells across the state. […]

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California greenlights ‘Orwellian’ solar-powered fracking scheme

   Elected Officials to Protect America—a group of state and local level office holders pushing for expedient climate action—called for Newsom to stop issuing oil drilling permits in the state. By: Steve Horn | August 6, 2020 Published in the Real News Network California-based multinational oil company Chevron landed two rounds of drilling permits from Gov. Gavin Newsom this summer—evidence, climate advocates say, that Newsom is not committed to tackling the climate crisis. The permits bolster Chevron’s position in the Lost Hills Oil Field, the sixth most prolific field in industry-heavy Kern County, and will shift drilling in the field largely towards using power from solar panels. One critic called the way the permits use climate crisis rhetoric “Orwellian,” incorporating solar power into drilling […]

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Elected officials ask why California regulators under Newsom are approving new fracking permits

In the Daily Kos.   By Dan Bacher  Wednesday July 15, 2020 · Elected Officials to Protect California (EOPCA ), a coalition of current and former elected officials opposed to fracking and increased oil and gas drilling in the state, is asking why California Governor Gavin Newsom is helping the failing fracking industry by overseeing an expansion of fracking operations during a […]

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The future is not to frack

OLIVIA PELUSO JANUARY 26, 2020 By Olivia Peluso is a Mustang News opinion editor. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of Mustang News.  The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released a statement explaining their decision to allow fracking and oil drilling in eight California counties, including San Luis Obispo County. Land within Montaña de Oro and the Carrizo […]

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Elected Officials to Protect America has been fighting for a fully funded LWCF—now it’s within reach

U.S. Senate approves Great American Outdoors Act—time for House to act From Maine Insights June 18, 2020 On June 17, 2020 the United States Senate overwhelmingly voted to pass legislation to fully and permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and invest in critical repair needs within national parks and other public lands with the Great American Outdoors […]

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Hundreds of Local and State Officials Just Endorsed Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal

Catie Keck12/16/18 1:45PM• In GIZMODO As the Green New Deal pioneered by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez continues to gain momentum, the plan to wean the U.S. off of fossil fuels has now found support in more than 300 local and state government officials who called for the initiative in an open letter on Friday. The letter from environmental nonprofit Elected Officials to Protect America and signed by 311 officials from 40 states pointed to extreme weather phenomena exacerbated by climate change that are already affecting communities across the nation and costing billions to manage in their aftermath—dire issues that are only going to worsen as our planet continues to warm. “Our nation’s mightiest cities have been flooded by unprecedented superstorms including Sandy, Katrina, Harvey, and Maria. Scientists warn […]