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CalWatchdog Morning Read – September 12

What happened to CA oil exploration? Did governor’s veto threat sink CPUC reform? Out-of-state financial support for pot legalization causing controversy Darrell Issa and Loretta Sanchez make strange bedfellows Anti-Vax doctor under fire Good morning. Hopefully everyone enjoyed the return of NFL

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Fracking with no freshwater — or water — increasingly common

The next great environmental fight in California is likely to be over hydraulic fracturing, the energy extraction process that uses underground water cannons to blast away rock and reach oil and natural gas reserves. Gov. Jerry Brown appears ready to

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Anti-fracking fervor builds in CA even as it lifts U.S. economy, stature

Anti-fracking sentiment in California continues to build, and we’re likely to see a spate of local moratoriums aimed at blocking the oil-drilling process in many cities and counties. This is happening even in places not normally associated with petroleum production,

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Mexico moves toward free-market oil

After its 1994 peso crisis, Mexico could have chosen more socialism — or move toward capitalism. It chose the latter and has been one of the world’s growth success stories ever since. Tax rates actually are lower than in El Norte (although

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CA on sidelines as brown energy revolution unfolds

In the 41 years since the OPEC cartel begin throwing its weight around, U.S. consumers have gotten used to fluctuations in the price of gasoline. The dynamics have gotten pretty stable in recent decades as OPEC has deradicalized. In the

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On energy resources, will CA ignore lessons of North Dakota?

It was just less than two years ago that City Journal had the first high-profile story laying out the enormous economic potential of certain of California’s natural resources: “The biggest onshore story is the potential of the Monterey Formation (also

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Gov. Brown: To drill or not to drill? 10

April 8, 2013 By Katy Grimes California could become the next oil boom state. Will Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown and a Democratic supermajority in the state Legislature seize the day — and the tax revenue that would come with drilling and

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CA wants oil taxes without oil 1

March 12, 2013 By John Seiler Steven Greenhut, whose column we run, has written an amusing article in Bloomberg about how Californians want oil tax money, but not the oil: “The only thing California’s environmentally friendly Democratic legislators prefer to regulating

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Pathetic media never report Obama’s support for fracking 1

March 12, 2013 By Chris Reed It’s bad enough that the media consistently depict hydraulic fracturing as new when it’s been around for 60-plus years. But what’s also amazing is that the California media covering the state government’s ongoing attempts

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What CA fracking advocates can learn from PA

Jan. 31, 2013 By Chris Reed As Californians begin to appreciate the immense economic potential of the state’s underground natural gas and oil reserves, the debate will sharply intensify over the safety of hydraulic fracturing — the newly refined and improved

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