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Your Call: Big oil in California politics

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Oilfield operations at Cymric Oil Field, Kern County, California (2008)


How did California become the third-biggest oil producing state?

In the last six years, the oil industry has spent more than $122 million on campaign contributions and lobbying to increase production, according to the Center for Public Integrity. With the help of Governor Jerry Brown and legislators, the oil industry has reshaped energy policy and undermined regulatory agencies. On Saturday, activists will march in Sacramento to demand elected officials stop taking money from the oil industry.


Sandra Steingraber, biologist and author of Living Downstream: An Ecologist’s Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment

David Braun, project director of RootsKeeper

Web Resources:

Bay Area Quality Management District, May 31st Meeting

The Nation:  Big Oil’s Grip on California

The Sacramento Bee: California lobbying tops $300 million in 2015

Oil Money Out

Sandra Steingraber

Consumer Watchdog

Solutions Project

Fence Line

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.