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: