Tag Archive | "Schwarzenegger"

Jerry Brown, Can Fiji Make You a Wimp?

Thursday, December 2, 2010

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Jerry Brown, Can Fiji Make You a Wimp?

The wee island nation of Fiji managed Wednesday to back down a California-owned company and extract a fee of 8 US cents per liter on Fiji Water. The state of California can't even manage to back down Big Oil and charge a few cents a gallon on oil pumped out of its public lands. Jerry Brown, are you listening?

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Chevron’s Protection Racket

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

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Chevron’s Protection Racket

06-23-10 by dugan   The latest round of state political contribution reports show that Chevron has given another  $250,000 to California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s huge political slush fund, the "California Dream Team." That makes a total of more than $1.25 million straight from Chevron to Schwarzenegger. The governor can’t run again, and there are no […]

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Run From Guys With Clipboards

Friday, March 5, 2010

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Run From Guys With Clipboards

3-5-10 by dugan   I guess its’s fitting that it took a New York newspaper to inform Californians that a couple of giant Texas oil refining companies are bankrolling a ballot initiative to kill the state’s popular climate change/green energy law. The whole saga is much like Oklahoma oilman T. Boone Pickens’ failed effort in […]

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How to buy a climate policy

Friday, August 7, 2009

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How to buy a climate policy

  California has a forward-looking climate policy, but everything depends on how it’s implemented. And buying the face time band private access needed to make things better for industry just gets easier: the state Chamber of Commerce is actually selling access to Gov. Schwarzenegger’s much-touted governors’ climate summit Sept. 30. Here’s the gist of it […]

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Chevron vs. sick babies

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

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Chevron vs. sick babies

06-02-09 by dugan Chevron is spending a little now to save a lot later, at the expense of California children’s health, state parks, poor people, you name it. The oil giant just threw another $250,000 in donations to Gov. Schwarzenegger, reports the LA Times. Given the timing of the contribution, after the Gov’s failed election […]

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Arnold’s Hummer vs. kids’ health

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

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Arnold’s Hummer vs. kids’ health

05-27-09 by dugan Is Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s vanity-green hydrogen fuel project worth the loss of health insurance for thousands of California children? Ah, I didn’t think so, either. Yet Schwarzenegger is out today touting his $14.4 million state subsidy to build seven hydrogen fueling stations for a nonexistent fleet of fuel-cell vehicles that almost no […]

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No sacrifice for Chevron

Friday, April 24, 2009

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No sacrifice for Chevron

Check out this great video that draws a straight line between Chevron’s lavish contributions to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the dismal ballot choices for plugging the awful state budget hole. We don’t have any position on Propositions 1D and 1E on the state ballot, which the video’s makers oppose. But it was amazing how fast […]

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Your loss, big oil’s win

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

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Your loss, big oil’s win

02-11-09 by dugan When the gruesome California state budget struggle finally ends, Californians will pay: higher sales taxes, vehicle fees, gasoline taxes and income taxes, acccording to a Sacramento Bee story with the ring of truth. A proposal to charge a modest severance tax on oil pumped in California appears to have vanished at the […]

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Arnold’s oil tax epiphany?

Thursday, November 6, 2008

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Arnold’s oil tax epiphany?

11-6-08 by dugan I’ve been out of town for several days, and the news today makes me wonder if the governor of California had a near-religious epiphany while I was gone. Arnold Schwarzenegger just embraced a proposal for a 9.9% extraction tax on oil drilled in in the state, among a raft of other taxes. […]

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Arnold’s big idea: Use less gas

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

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Arnold’s big idea: Use less gas

8-19-08 by M.Reback Arnold’s big idea: Use less gas It seems the extent of Governor Schwarzenegger’s solution for Californians to help combat sky-high gas prices is… promoting more efficient use of gasoline. Gee thanks for the big idea, Arnold. It’s not the first time Arnold has tried to appear "green", while staying the gasoline-powered course, […]

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Greasing The Wheels

Friday, May 16, 2008

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Greasing The Wheels

5-16-08 by simpson Chevron Corp. just gave $100,000 to Gov. Schwarzenegger’s Dream Team Committee making the oil giant the 14th biggest contributor to Arnold since 2003. Chevron has given his various committees a total of $765,800. The most recent infusion of cash came on May 5 just before the Public Utilities Commission signed off on […]

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EPA’s Top Secret

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

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EPA’s Top Secret

4-09-08 by dugan     So, did the White House "influence" the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision last December to kill states’ plans to regulate greenhouse emissions from tailpipes? Some of us don’t doubt it for a second. But Rep. Henry Waxman today gave up on negotiating for the documents that would decide the issue, issuing […]

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Chevron’s Goliath Strategy

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

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Chevron’s Goliath Strategy

3-19-08 by dugan     The Oakland-adjacent and working class city of Richmond, Calif., is on the verge of allowing Chevron to proceed with a huge, contentious "upgrade" of its refinery there so it can process dirtier, heavier grades of crude oil. Chevron says the plant will just become “more efficient.” Critics, including state Atty. […]

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