The Basics: Climate Math 101
California is home to one of the largest remaining deposits of oil in the country: the Monterey Shale. It has 13.7 billion barrels of oil locked underground and fossil fuel companies are spending millions trying to dig it up with hydraulic fracturing techniques. If they’re successful, this oil would be above and beyond what our best scientists say we already can’t afford to burn. Governor Brown’s latest actions make it clear he’s excited by the potential of the Monterey oil play and is paving the way for increased fracking across the state.
Climate Leaders Don't Frack!
It's really not that complicated...
What Governor Brown Has to Say
Is Jerry a Climate Leader or not?
Jerry BrownGovernor / California
A Climate Champ…
“After decades of pumping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, humanity is getting dangerously close to the point of no return… Those who still deny global warming’s existence should wake up and honestly face the facts.”
“As the science keeps coming in, with very serious consequences, there’s a consequence of no action, and eventually people are going to change. Whether they change in time or not remains the big question.”
…or Fossil Fuel Champ?
“California is going to need petroleum-based energy for a long time, even as it transitions to a lower carbon future.”
“The fossil fuel deposits in California are incredible, the potential is extraordinary…”
Dirty Energy Connections in California
Dirty Energy Money and other unsavory industry links
Dirty Energy Money
The oil and gas industry has given millions to California's elected officials over the years and money keeps pouring in. Near the top of the dirty donor list is Occidental Petroleum a California-based oil company with a massive stake in the future of fracking the Monterrey Shale. It, along with buddies like Chevron, regularly 'max out' each election cycle, meaning they give as much as they legally can to their favorite candidates. This makes sure their interests are well served in Sacramento.
Doing the Industry's Dirty Work
The fossil fuel industry's influence in California goes deep. Early in 2013 State Senator Rubio resigned his position and took a comfy job at Chevron. But it doesn't stop at revolving doors. Two top oil and gas regulators were abruptly fired in 2011 after industry complaints. The reason? They refused to create a shortcut for drillers looking to move forward with a risky oil extraction process.
The Time to Act is Now
The current drought emergency should be the final straw for fracking!
Governor Brown just declared a drought emergency in California and now he needs to put an immediate halt to water-intensive fracking.
This drought is already devastating farmers livelihoods, causing an increased risk of wildfires, and threatening our water supplies. So why is the Governor still allowing fracking to take place? Fracking wells can consume between 2 and 10 MILLION gallons of water in their lifetime. There’s no excuse for inaction.
Sign your name to the right to send an urgent message directly to Governor Brown telling him:
California cannot afford to continue wasting water on fracking. It not only endangers our communities, but also our climate. With your drought declaration it’s clear the time is now: Stop fracking in California immediately.
Governor Brown has the authority to place an immediate ban on fracking in California and it’s time he used it!