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Fracking California: Can Jerry Brown be a climate leader if he does not oppose fracking?

Jun 17, 2014
Lisa Morehouse

When Jerry Brown stepped up to the microphone at the California Democratic Party’s convention in March, it looked like it might be an environmental love-fest. He was kicking off his campaign for a fourth term as governor of the state that is perhaps the world’s leading environmental trend-setter.

Fracking: a small town deals with big oil

May 1, 2014
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California is experiencing one of the worst droughts in years. As politicians try to figure out how to conserve more water, many have began pointing fingers at fracking for using large amounts of water. Fracking is the process that involves pumping water and chemicals under high pressure in order to release oil trapped in rock. They argue that fracking not only uses up water, but also poses risks to the state’s natural resources.


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If you want know the price of gas around the United States, there’s a map online that breaks it down for you. The states with the cheapest gas are green, and the states with the most expensive are red. It’s probably the only map where California is one of the reddest states in the country.

Chevron is the problem

Aug 20, 2012
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Chevron Corporation reaped $26.9 billion in profits last year. That's right: $26.9 billion. Yet for reasons still to be explained, the San Ramon-based company declined to spend any of that cash on replacing a small, aging section of pipe at its Richmond refinery during an inspection last fall. Last week, that eight-inch pipe began to leak oil profusely before igniting a fireball that could be seen throughout the Bay Area and unleashing a giant plume of smoke that sickened hundreds of nearby residents.

D.H. Parks, under CC License / http://www.flickr.com/photos/parksdh/7730542302/

The smoke from the Chevron refinery fire that started late Monday has cleared, but the controversy was still hot at a community meeting last night in Richmond. Around 700 people attended the meeting, where Chevron General Manager Nigel Hearne and local government and health officials faced frustration and anger.

Joan Davis from the Richmond Community Foundation began the meeting with some powerful questions: “Those of you who are feeling afraid, very quietly, stand. Those of you who are feeling angry, please stand, quietly.”

On the next Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with Steve Coll, Pulitzer prize winning reporter and author of Private Empire: Exxon Mobil and American Power. Last year, Exxon Mobil reported revenues of $452B, outpacing most countries around the world. How has this oil giant built its empire? Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org. What is Exxon’s relationship with states around the world and the US government? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.