Sunday, September 21, 2014

Big Oil is the problem

by Dan Bacher 
There will be a number of climate marches today around the world, including a huge one in New York. There are also events in Oakland, Sacramento and Davis. Unfortunately, I fear that at many events in California, the chosen speakers won't be talking about one of the biggest environmental issues in the state - the fact that the oil industry is the most powerful corporate lobby in Sacramento and the Western States Petroleum Association is the most powerful lobbying organization. I am one of the few journalists taking on Big Oil and the biggest environmental conflict of interest story of the past decade, the chairing of the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative Blue Ribbon Task Force for the South Coast by the President of the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA). Until more anti-fracking and environmental activists in California are willing to challenge Big Oil and challenge the corporate "environmental" groups and state officials that allowed a big oil lobbyist and other corporate operatives to oversee the creation of fake "marine protected areas" in California, we will have a very hard time banning fracking and stopping the oil industry from constantly sabotaging our environmental laws protecting the air, water and land. New  York Climate march here.

I have a presentation that I've made on the power of the oil industry at a number of events - and I know that some people get uncomfortable when I expose Big Oil's collaboration with state officials and some corporate "environmental" NGOs. I wish more people would have the courage to really challenge Big Oil and the state officials that are controlled by WSPA, Chevron and other oil companies. I'm also concerned that many activists have still never heard of the Western States Petroleum Association or its President, Catherine Reheis-Boyd - nor know that the alleged "marine protected areas" created in California don't protect the ocean from fracking, oil drilling, pollution, corporate aquaculture, military testing and all human impacts on the ocean other than fishing and gathering. If you haven't already read this article, please read it and share it with others! It needs to get spread far and wide!

The Western States Petroleum Association, led by President Catherine Reheis-Boyd, the former chair of the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative to create so-called "marine protected areas" in Southern California, topped the oil industry lobby spending with $26,969,861.


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