Organisation Name
Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA)
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Energy Policy and Mix
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Media Reports
 
 

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-1.62

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Strongly supporting maintenance of high GHG emissions energy mix

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Appearing to fund an organization to oppose 2030 targets to reduce petroleum usage by 50% (East Bay Express, September 2015)

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In a piece of chicanery, the fossil fuel trade organization, Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA), created an astroturf group earlier this year called the "California Drivers Alliance," which has funded an intense campaign of TV and radio ads and mailers targeting moderate Democrats in the Assembly. The ads, which contain conspiracy theories of mostly false and misleading claims about SB 350, are designed to scare voters and get them to contact the moderate Dems so that they'll vote "no" on the climate bill. One of the TV ads, for example, falsely claims that the legislation, which it dubs "The Gas Restriction Act of 2015," would "limit how often we can drive our own cars" and that the state "will also be collecting our personal driving habits and tracking how much gas we use" and is considering plans to "penalize and fine us if we drive too much or use too much gas." As the Sacramento Bee noted earlier this week, SB 350, and accompanying legislation, would do none of those things. [...] Through June 30, WSPA reported spending $2.5 million on lobbying against SB 350...

Created: 10/09/2015 Last edited: 14/11/2017

 

Strongly opposing measures to transition the energy mix

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Lobbying against California's SB 350 climate change bill to remove the provision for a 50% cut in petroleum consumption by 2030 (Sacremento Bee, February 2016)

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The oil industry topped the list of big spenders. The Western States Petroleum Association’s tab totaled $10.9 million, the most of any group in the state, and Chevron Corp., the state’s fifth-largest lobbying employer, dished out another $4 million throughout the year. The industry spent millions to soften Senate Bill 350, the governor’s sweeping climate change bill that passed last year after amendments removed a measure requiring a 50 percent cut in petroleum usage.

Created: 29/09/2016 Last edited: 04/04/2017

 

Strongly supporting maintenance of high GHG emissions energy mix

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Supporting specific measures to maintain high GHG energy mix (The Nation, February 2017)

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Seated at a table in a hearing room, WSPA lobbyist Eloy Garcia told lawmakers the bill set aggressive goals without specifics on how to achieve them. As a result, he said, those decisions would be made by the California Air Resources Board, the “vast [and] unrestrained” executive agency charged with implementing the state’s climate programs. “The people of California expect you to make those decisions,” Garcia told the committee. “Power flows from the constitution to the Legislature, down to the regulators, not the other way.” De León’s bill, seeking a 50-percent cut in oil use, was, he said, unrealistic and arbitrary. “When we set round numbers like 50, 50, 50, why 50? No one’s asking the question,” Garcia said. “Why not 62? Why not 70? Why not 58?” [...] Looking beyond Sacramento, WSPA and other oil-trade groups spent nearly $12 million on lawyers, consultants, and fees to persuade Kern County officials to streamline the local permitting process, clearing the way for tens of thousands of new oil wells. Reheis-Boyd said WSPA wanted “regulatory certainty” and called the new system, which charges companies higher fees to help fund clean-air programs, a model for other oil-producing areas.

Created: 14/11/2017 Last edited: 14/11/2017

 

Supporting maintenance of high GHG emissions energy mix

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Directly advocating to policy makers to oppose a ban on offshore oil drilling in California (Sacramento Bee, September 2017)

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A California Senate bill meant to curtail President Donald Trump’s threat to expand offshore oil drilling in federal waters died on Friday. Senate Bill 188 would have blocked new leases for the construction of pipelines or other infrastructure in state ocean waters necessary to expand oil and gas development. The measure would have made it more difficult and expensive to transport oil if the Trump administration moved to increase drilling in federal waters off the coast of California. “The oil industry killed that bill,” said Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, who introduced SB 188. “They are far too powerful.” Western States Petroleum Association, the California Independent Petroleum Association and the California Chamber of Commerce, among others, lobbied against the measure.

Created: 14/11/2017 Last edited: 14/11/2017

 

Strongly supporting maintenance of high GHG emissions energy mix

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Reportedly disseminating misinformation so as to create opposition to 2030 targets to reduce petroleum by 50% (Union of Concerned Scientists, Blog, August 2015)

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The ostensible source of this barrage is the “California Drivers Alliance” but the fine print reveals that the source is actually something called WSPA. [...] Well, now the oil industry’s “California Drivers Alliance” is back and on the warpath against SB 350. They have developed a new, and even more dishonest, set of claims and scare tactics to fight this legislation, claiming that the bill will give a state agency the authority to ration gas, restrict driving, impose fines on minivans, monitor driving habits, and other claims that have no basis in fact but are intended to stir up fear and paranoia. Clearly the goal is to make voters sufficiently alarmed by this hail of misleading and just plain false information to pressure lawmakers to reject SB 350’s much-needed policies to reduce carbon pollution along with our use of price-volatile oil. To be absolutely clear, the state does not have the authority to implement any of these “big brother” policies that WSPA is claiming, and SB 350 doesn’t give the state this authority—but that hasn’t stopped WSPA from making up their own “facts”, including a new title for the bill.

Created: 11/09/2015 Last edited: 14/11/2017

 

Generally supporting high GHG emissions energy mix

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Suggesting timeframe for transition of energy mix in line with IPCC recommendations is impossible (Natural Gas Intel, March 2017)

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The consumption of fossil fuels is not going away anytime soon as the interconnectedness of all forms of energy gets tighter, according to the head of the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA), speaking on an industry panel in San Francisco Thursday. [...] As well as helping produce it, "WSPA members are large consumers of electricity and natural gas, and they are involved in wholesale/retail marketing of electricity and natural gas," Reheis-Boyd said. "So there is sort of a new dance among us all." She acknowledged that regulations and other aspects of energy will have to change as the state, nation and world shift more to renewable forms of energy. Her message was that the transition is likely to be longer than anticipated and include more fossil fuel than might be expected, particularly among the very active climate change advocates. "When the U.S. Department of Energy looks out to 2040, they say 80% of our energy is still going to be coal, gas and oil," said Reheis-Boyd. California has 38 million people driving 26 million cars, and 92% of all transportation fuel in the state comes from the petroleum industry, she said. "Even if it’s off a bit, that is a pretty large number, and you put that in the context of California's pretty aggressive climate change initiative calling for 40% greenhouse gas emissions reductions by 2030, that's a tough [target].”

Created: 04/04/2017 Last edited: 04/04/2017

 

Supporting maintenance of high GHG emissions energy mix

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Opposing policy that will limit oil development (PBS, December 2016)

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California Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday asked President Barack Obama to permanently ban new offshore oil and gas drilling in the state before he leaves office. [...] An oil industry group, the Western States Petroleum Association, called Brown’s effort unrealistic, and said it ignores the state’s energy needs. “If offshore production is banned it will force us to import more oil from foreign sources,” the association said in a statement. “That oil is produced under less stringent environmental regulations, and its transportation to California will create an increase in greenhouse gases and other pollutants.”

Created: 14/11/2017 Last edited: 14/11/2017

 

Supporting maintenance of high GHG emissions energy mix

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Directly advocating against measures to support the electrification of transportation (KPCC, August 2016)

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A California lawmaker says she's giving up on her proposal to require that 15 percent of new cars be emission free by 2025. A spokeswoman for Democratic Assemblywoman Autumn Burke of Los Angeles says the measure ran into steeper opposition than she expected. The spokeswoman, Allison Ruff, says the opposition came "from a variety of groups including the Western States Petroleum Association," which represents oil companies.

Created: 15/11/2017 Last edited: 15/11/2017

 

Strongly opposing measures to transition the energy mix

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Directly advocating to policy makers to oppose 2030 targets to cut petroleum usage by 50% (The New York Times, September 2015)

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In a major setback for environmental advocates in California, Gov. Jerry Brown and Senate Democrats abandoned a 50 percent cut in petroleum use by 2030 that was a centerpiece of emissions legislation, blaming an intense campaign against the mandate by the oil industry. [...] The measure was the subject of an intense campaign directed by the Western States Petroleum Association, which labeled the bill “the California Gas Restriction Act of 2015” in television advertisements and mailings. The president of the organization, Catherine Reheis-Boyd, applauded the decision to drop this proposal and said that oil companies “remain committed to working with Gov. Jerry Brown and legislators on climate change and energy policy.”

Created: 22/09/2015 Last edited: 29/09/2016

 

Strongly supporting maintenance of high GHG emissions energy mix

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Supporting specific measures to maintain high GHG energy mix (Portland Tribune, July 2017)

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The state Land Use Board of Appeals has overturned a Portland ordinance that restricted new and expanded fossil fuel terminals in the city, saying it violated the commerce clause of the United States Constitution, which gives Congress the power to regulate interstate commerce. The LUBA decision, issued last Wednesday, is a victory for the Western States Petroleum Association — the main oil industry trade group here — as well as the Portland Business Alliance and the Columbia Pacific Building Trades Council. The ordinance banned significant new fossil fuel storage facilities and sharply restricted the expansion of existing terminals. It largely affected about 11 sizable terminals in the Northwest industrial district, whose owners include Chevron, Phillips 66, Shell, BP, Kinder Morgan and NW Natural. Those facilities store and distribute most of the petroleum and natural gas consumed in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Created: 01/08/2017 Last edited: 17/11/2017

 

Supporting maintenance of high GHG emissions energy mix

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Evidence suggests opposing the ban on fracking in Oregon (April 2017)

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The Oregon House has passed a 10-year ban on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. [...] Industry officials say the practice has been used for more than 60 years and is safe. “Hydraulic fracturing has been demonstrated, across multiple state and federal jurisdictions, to be a safe and effective technology that can be used to increase the recovery of hydrocarbons and deliver significant benefits, without adverse efforts, said Brian Doherty, a lobbyist for the Western States Petroleum Association during a hearing on the bill.

Created: 14/11/2017 Last edited: 14/11/2017

 

Strongly supporting maintenance of high GHG emissions energy mix

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Lobbying specific bills to maintain a high GHG emissions energy mix (Indybay, May 2018)

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Assembly member Al Muratsuchi's Assembly Bill 1775 and Senator Hannah Beth Jackson’s Senate Bill 834, bills to protect the California coast from new federal offshore drilling leases, passed out of their respective Appropriations Committees today after being referred to the suspense file in April. [...] The oil industry is opposing both bills. The Western States Petroleum Association spent $2,025,000 to promote the Big Oil agenda, including opposing AB 1775 and SB 834, according to documents filed with the California Secretary of State on April 30:

Created: 12/07/2018 Last edited: 12/07/2018