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Living next door to an oil well is no fun. And the majority of the oil companies’ neighbors are from our most vulnerable communities - low income and communities of color. That’s why we launched our #BadNeighbors campaign - a five-part video series highlighting what it’s like to have the smelliest, dirtiest, worst neighbor you could imagine.

In our final two videos, we explore why oil drilling has gotten more dangerous (hint: it’s thanks to the oil industry adopting more extreme techniques to get at that hard-to-reach black gold), and asked residents what type of neighbor an oil company makes. Please watch, share, and enjoy!

See full series here.
Video 4 - Acidization
Video 4 - Acidization
  • As oil becomes harder to reach, companies use more extreme methods to get at it. #BadNeighbors @StopFoolingCa
  • What's inside the oil industry's "well stimulation" juice? We don't know; they won't say. #BadNeighbors @StopFoolingCa

  • All Angelenos deserve to have a chance at a healthy life. @HerbJWesson @Mike_Feuer #BadNeighbors @StopFoolingCA

  • "These oil wells shouldn't be here in the community around schools and homes." #BadNeighbors @StopFoolingCa

  • The oil industry practices "extreme extraction" in LA. Good for them; bad for neighbors #BadNeighbors @StopFoolingCa

Video 5 - #BadNeighbors
Video 5 - #BadNeighbors
Oily Dems
California Democrats who got gifts from oil industry gave gifts to oil industry

Remember that time so-called “moderate democrats” (aka Oily Dems who side with industry interests over people interests) stripped a 2015 climate bill, SB 350, of a requirement to cut petroleum use by 50 percent statewide? So do we.

Every year, industry has to disclose all the gifts they’ve given to lawmakers. (This money is on top of campaign contributions and lobbying. It’s the fun stuff - free trips to Hawaii, fancy dinners, and hotel stays.) Our friends over at the Energy and Policy Institute dug into five years of data to see just how much groups affiliated with oil and gas gave to Democrats - and how those Democrats then voted.

The analysis shows a clear correlation between higher gift values from Big Oil and friendlier votes from Oily Dems. In fact, those who voted with Big Oil received a whopping 2.5 more in gifts than those who didn’t. See the full analysis here.

What type of gifts did these guys get?

  • The California Independent Petroleum Association (CIPA), a trade association for oil companies, paid for the meals and hotel rooms for 12 legislators at a “symposium” in Newport Beach from December 8th to 9th. The legislators were Thomas Berryhill (R), Kansen Chu (D), James Frazier (D), Cathleen Galgiani (D), Christopher Holden (D), Patrick O’Donnell (D), Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (D), Blanca Rubio (D), Steven Choi (R), Vince Fong (R), and Rudy Salas (D). 

  • The California Issues Forum (CIF) feted eight legislators, all Democrats, with a hotel room, meals, and transportation to Napa, California. CIF’s funders include Chevron and other oil companies, and it focuses on influencing moderate Democrats on behalf of corporations. The legislators were Autumn Burke, Jim Cooper, James Frazier, Mike Gipson, Adam Gray, Rudy Salas, Freddie Rodriguez, and Timothy Grayson.

  • The Western States Petroleum Alliance (WSPA), regarded as the most powerful voice for California’s oil industry, paid $1,600 for Assemblyman Rudy Salas (D) to attend its annual conference on October 4th at the Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay. Salas was the top recipient of gifts from oil-affiliated groups in 2016.

  • The Independent Voter Project, which receives funding from oil companies including Chevron, spent an average of about $3,000 per legislator flying, hosting and feeding nine lawmakers at its infamous annual Maui conference, as reported by the Los Angeles Times.

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