A California Fracking Moratorium Post-Mortem – September 16, 2013
How Big Oil and Big Democrats outplayed Big Green and crushed the grassroots
“A fracking bill gone bad.” Those are words from The Los Angeles Times, which at first endorsed SB4 — Senator Fran Pavley’s measure to regulate hydraulic fracturing in California — and now calls on Governor Jerry Brown veto it.
So how did things get so bad? How did we go from a bill that much of the environmental community supported to a bill that most green groups are now fighting? I’m a climate blogger, grassroots activist, and was elected as chair of the California Democratic Party’s environmental caucus on my leadership against fracking the Golden State. Here’s my take.