How much is $56 million?

It’s enough to buy a gallon of $4 gas for every household in California.*
It’s enough to spend $471,000 on each California Senator and Assemblymember.

It’s a lot of lobster dinners.

Chevron and oil lobbyists like the Western States Petroleum Association use their influence to roll back California’s popular clean air and energy laws. All to protect their profits and monopoly.Isn’t it time we did something about it?

Tell Chevron and WSPA that enough is enough! And $56 million is too much to change the laws that Californians want.

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How much is $56 million?

How much is $56 million?
*Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Households in California, 2008-2012.

Air Resources Board issues nearly $1 million in fines for failures to report greenhouse gas emissions

January 27, 2014

SACRAMENTO - The Air Resources Board has announced nearly $1 million in penalties against three companies for late or inaccurate reporting of their greenhouse gas emissions for 2011. This action marks the second time the Air Resources Board has issued fines for violations of California’s Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting regulation.

Read the full article at Cal EPA Air Resources Board →

Viewpoints: Modernize California’s freight transportation system to cut pollution

Screen Shot 2014-01-24 at 4.15.38 PMBy Don Anair and Emiliano Mataka | January 19, 2014

Our economy depends on trucks, trains and ships powered primarily by diesel fuel to move our food, household goods and other commodities in a constant flow throughout California. Unfortunately, freight commerce takes a toll on our health and environment when heavy-duty engines leave noxious fumes in their wake.

Read the full article at The Sacramento Bee →

Feather in his cap-and-trade: Brown pledges polluter fees to poor communities

Screen shot 2014-01-13 at 11.26.56 AM By Brentin Mock | January 10, 2014

While free-market environmentalists push cap-and-trade systems as a panacea for climate change worries, many in the environmental justice community have yet to buy into it. Their reasons for this vary, but one major concern is that there’s little guarantee that overburdened communities won’t still catch the brunt of industrial pollution. What stops billionaire companies like ExxonMobil from continuing to pollute poor communities if, rather than rein in their emissions under the established cap, they can simply purchase more permits to pollute?

Read the full article at Grist →