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Pats Picks: A blip on the screen

From January 1st to May 22nd of this year, the U.S. Senate cast a total of 163 votes. 68 of these votes – nearly 42% of all the 163 votes cast – were taken expressly to use cloture to thwart and avoid a filibuster.

Press Release

Statement from Next Generation: Monterey Shale and Oil Dependence

The announcement today that California’s Monterey shale oil deposits can not be recovered with current technology sends a clear message: California should continue to focus its efforts on leading the world in the use of technologies that reduce oil dependence, improve air quality, and help our citizens save money.

Energy & Climate

Golden State’s Drought Emergency Bearing Down on Schools

In the midst of the state’s worst drought in 500 years, policy makers are desperately seeking stop-gap measures to address California’s dire water needs. Relief programs should help, but the aid is a far cry from the billions of dollars in losses the state ultimately expects to lose due to the drought, including in the form of lost revenue for schools.

Energy & Climate

California Oil Industry Jobs: “There you go again”

Despite previous debunking of a similar piece of research, the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) just released an economic impact study by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAECD), claiming the industry supported nearly half a million direct and indirect jobs and generated $113 billion in economic value in California in 2012.

Energy & Climate

Survey Says: U.S. Schools Need Energy Overhaul

Half of the nation’s public school facilities need at least $200 billion in repairs and modernization to be considered in good overall condition. Such findings point to the importance of programs such as California’s Proposition 39, which closed a corporate-tax loophole and diverted half of the new revenue to energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in public schools.

Press Release

Experts Question Viability of California’s Monterey Shale

A group of oil and economic experts today questioned the viability of California’s Monterey Shale oil deposits and encouraged state legislators to proceed with caution as they consider whether to include the Monterey Shale in forecasts of the state’s energy and economic future.

Energy & Climate

Will the Monterey Shale be an Economic Boon to California?

Business Leader and Next Generation co-founder Tom Steyer, geoscientist Dr. David Hughes of the Post Carbon Institute, and Robert Collier, a research fellow with Next Generation, discuss the prospects of developing California's Monterey Shale during a panel in Sacramento.