EXPOSED: ‘Climate crusader’ California governor Jerry Brown took huge sums of money from “big oil”

Watts Up With That?

Gov. Jerry Brown talks with Richard Alley just feet away from me. Gov. Jerry Brown talks with Richard Alley (who was about to give a climate doom talk) just feet away from me. At AGU 13. If I knew then what I know now, I would have called him out personally right then and there.

From the “color of political slimebags is green” department. Note to readers: Show this to some idiot Internet heckler the next time you are accused of “being in the pay of big oil” for having an opinion on climate.

Here are two instances worth noting, but there are plenty more:

  • The report says that in November 2011, former governor Gray Davis — by then a lawyer for Los Angeles-based Occidental Petroleum Corp. — pressured Brown to fire two oil and gas regulators the company felt were slow to grant injection well permits for hydraulic fracturing (fracking). Two months later, Oxy contributed $250,000 to Brown’s Proposition 30 tax…

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