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The Story

You know who makes the worst neighbor? The oil industry.

California is one of the largest producers of oil in the U.S. And one of our largest oil fields is located directly under our largest metropolitan area: Los Angeles. That’s a problem, because oil extraction is a messy, nasty business that causes health problems in surrounding communities. And, disproportionately, the communities impacted are our most vulnerable – low-income and communities of color.

This week we’ve launched the first video in our five-video series, #BadNeighbors. Watch, enjoy, share, and help get the word out about this insane practice.

Help us spread the word:

  • 91% of the Angelenos who live within a quarter mile of oil wells are people of color. #BadNeighbors @StopFoolingCA

  • Which communities are most impacted by urban oil wells? The answer won't surprise you. #BadNeighbors @StopFoolingCA

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

  • Not all communities experience #UrbanDrilling the same. @HerbJWesson @Mike_Feuer #BadNeighbors @StopFoolingCA

And if you’re outraged and want to take action - share the video with the local LA City Council members who could help stop this madness: Herb Wesson (@HerbJWesson) and Mike Feuer (@Mike_Feuer).
California Oil Lobby

We have finally reached the end of the 2015 - 2016 legislative session. And you know what that means… LOBBYING FIGURES ARE OUT!!

We always find this time of year fascinating. We get to take a look back at what passed and who tried to influence it.

We’ve had some big wins last legislative session. We passed SB 32, which requires the state slash greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 and SB 350, which requires California to double our energy efficiency and generate 50 percent of electricity from renewable sources. Amazingly, we also got six (count ‘em SIX) environmental justice bills (including SB 1000; AB 197; AB 2722; AB 1550; AB 1937), which will advance equitable land use, increase climate investments for EJ communities, and increased environmental justice considerations in power plant siting, among other things.

With so much climate legislation to consider, it makes sense that the oil lobby fought HARD this session.

And the grand total spent by the California oil lobby last legislative session was….


To put that in perspective, that’s a crap-ton of money. Let us translate for you:

Who’s the big spender?

The Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) was the top overall spender, paying $18.7 million in 2015-16. (Hint: WSPA is a Big Oil trade group known for being Sacramento's most powerful corporate lobbying force. Its members include Chevron, Californian Resources Corporation (formerly Occidental Petroleum), ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Noble Energy, Inc., Phillips 66, Plains All American, Inc., and Shell Oil Products US, to name a few.)

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