Today’s Top Story:
This year, a record number of anti-fracking measures are on the ballot across the country, as eight towns and counties take their health and environmental concerns about hydraulic fracturing and other forms of high-intensity oil extraction to the ballot boxes next week. (Inside Climate News)
With Big Oil on the horizon, this walnut farmer has bigger problems than squirrels
Of all the things that could threaten Paul Hain’s livelihood, squirrels are near the top of the list. And then there are the oil companies. Last year, squirrels gorged themselves on 14 of Hain’s 20 acres of walnut trees. And oil companies have been eyeing his bucolic corner of California recently with a project in the works that may result in hundreds of new wells that use energy- and water-intensive production methods to coax viscous petroleum to the surface.
EPA’s Clean Power Plan encourages expansion of fracking
Recently, Republican Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) began an inquiry into whether the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) had unlawful participation in Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule-makings, including the proposed Clean Power Plan.
Measure P Protects Santa Barbara County’s Future
Santa Barbara Independent
As a former member of the State Fair Political Practices Commission, I saw firsthand how our politics bends under the influence of money. The problem is currently 10 times worse since the U.S. Supreme Court’s infamous Citizens United decision that shamefully discounts and ignores the influence of political spending on policy outcomes.
Guest View: Farr says Measure J is just right for San Benito’s future
Hollister Free Lance
The small population of San Benito County is at a crossroads of two futures. Measure J gives the people a choice. One future has been offered to you by local citizens who collected thousands of signatures to put Measure J on the ballot. I know the supporters of Measure J and have discussed with them their vision for a brighter future for their county which builds on their rich agricultural heritage, natural beauty and cultural history. In contrast, the oil industry is spending millions to persuade residents to embrace another, darker future.