Energy is essential to every part of a farming operation — energy powers our machines, pumps our water and transports our products. A reliable and affordable energy supply feeds Californians.

Roger Isom

President, CA Cotton Ginners and Growers Associations and Western Agricultural Processors Association

Energy independence is absolutely vital for virtually every sector of the small business economy.

Betty Jo Toccoli

President, California Small Business Association

A strong energy industry provides much needed benefits to our community including resources for our schools and jobs for our students.

Frances Squire

Executive Director, West Hills Community College Foundation

We can choose to continue to develop our own energy supplies which will create jobs and generate revenues or we can send those dollars and jobs away to foreign counties. Let’s keep jobs here in California and support working families.

Maggie Mejia

President of Latino Community Roundtable of Stanislaus County

Banning safe energy production is irresponsible and will hit the Valley’s Latino workforce particularly hard by sending valuable jobs and revenue to other states and countries.

Blodgie Rodriguez

Chairwoman of the Board, Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Oil and gas production is and has been a fundamental part of our local economy for decades. The energy industry generates revenues that help support our schools, libraries, community centers and public safety. It brings jobs to our community and supports the local businesses that serve our citizens. Responsibly developing our energy supplies is the right thing to do for our community.

Cheryl Branch

Executive Director, Los Angeles Metropolitan Churches

The energy industry supports hundreds of thousands of jobs and billions in business sales in Los Angeles County which directly and indirectly benefits our more than 12,000 members. Continuing to responsibly create energy here in Los Angeles is the right thing to do for California and the right thing to do for California’s electrical workers.

Marvin Kropke

Business Manager/Financial-Secretary, IBEW Local 11

Oil and gas production is the lifeblood of Kern County, but also critical to the entire state of California. Efforts to ban safe extraction are misguided and would not only cost this county thousands of well-paying jobs, but also force all Californians to depend more on oil from foreign countries.

David Couch

Kern County Supervisor

Continued, safe domestic oil production is critical to this region’s economy and to local property taxes that help fund our schools, police and fire departments. Thoughtful dialogue and strict regulations must guide decisions on oil production in our state.

Derek Robinson

Kern County Firefighters, IAFF Local 1301

Energy bans and oil taxes will only serve to hurt our local economy. Responsibly developing our energy supplies in Orange County will protect jobs and revenues that taxpayers can count on.

Carolyn Cavecche

President & CEO, Orange County Taxpayers Association
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DOMESTIC PRODUCTION IS KEY TO ENERGY INDEPENDENCE AND AFFORDABLE ENERGY

California consumes all the oil and gas generated in-state, but demand forces us to import more than 60% of our energy. Growth in alternative energy sources will help meet some future demand, but as long as oil is necessary, it should come from local sources rather than from countries like Russia and in the Middle East with fewer regulations and environmental protections.

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  • Toni Atkins talks budget, fracking and taxes at press club

    News | May 21, 2014 | by Jeremy White

    The energy extraction process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has emerged as a rallying point for environmental advocates who warn the technique is unsafe and want Brown to institute a moratorium. Atkins seemed to align with the governor when asked about fracking, saying it should be regulated but could help satisfy California's energy needs. "We are going to have to strike a balance in terms of how to protect the environment, deal with the concerns of public safety and the health concerns people may have, and also continuing to make sure we have oil," she said. "We are dependent on...

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    Orange County Register: Op-Ed -- Anti-Oil Scaremongering Fails

    News | April 05, 2015 | by Carolyn Cavecche

    The battle for energy independence produced a big victory in the small city of La Habra Heights and serves as an example for what many local governments across the state may soon face. In a record high turnout for the city, a resounding 57 percent of voters struck down a far-reaching ban on oil production. Activists have been using hydraulic fracturing as a stalking horse, but their end goal is to stop all oil production in the state. Instead of celebrating the fact that California has the nation’s toughest standards for hydraulic fracturing, they’re attempting to pass bans at the local...

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    Jerry Brown Says Banning Fracking in California "Doesn’t make a lot of Sense"

    News | March 23, 2015 | by Dave Quast

    When one of the nation’s most celebrated environmentalists speaks about “ban–fracking” groups being too extreme, it’s hard not to listen. California’s Governor Jerry Brown has never been one to pull punches and this time is no different. Known to go head-to-head with big oil, Brown’s latest statements on NBC’s Meet The Press cuts right through the rhetoric. “First, fracking in California has been going on for more than 50 years and uses a fraction of the water of fracking on the east coast for gas particularly. This is vertical fracking for the most part. It is different. California imports 70 percent...

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  • Natural Resources Secretary and California Environmental Protection Agency Secretary Confirm No Drinking Water Contamination

    News | March 10, 2015 | by Richard Stapler

    California Environmental Protection Agency Secretary Matthew Rodriquez and Natural Resources Secretary John Laird confirmed at a March 10th hearing: disposal wells for oil recovery are not polluting groundwater suitable for human consumption. The day before the hearing, the US EPA sent a letter formally approving California’s current plan to safeguard groundwater supply. Since July 2014, as part of an ongoing assessment by the State Water Resources Control Board, drinking water wells that were potentially at risk underwent repeated testing only to find no evidence of contamination by oil production fluids. These studies confirming proper disposal techniques and federal/state regulator agreement on the...

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    ICYMI: Hydraulic Fracturing, a Net Water Producer in California

    Press Releases | May 06, 2015 | by CEI Staff

    While activists have been quick to point the finger at the energy industry in the midst of the state’s drought, hydraulic fracturing is actually a net water producer in California and part of the solution to our water crisis. In a recent radio interview, Rock Zierman of the California Independent Petroleum Association explains: “We are net providers [of water] when it comes to hydraulic fracturing because it’s only a couple hundred acre feet that we are consuming and yet we are providing tens of thousands of acre feet to farmers who desperately need it in this drought situation.” When considering the water...

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    ICYMI: Caltech Seismologist Debunks Activists’ Accusations Linking California Earthquakes to Fracking

    Press Releases | April 23, 2015 | by CEI Staff

    In a front page story in today’s Los Angeles Times, a Caltech seismologist invalidated extreme activists' false accusations linking hydraulic fracturing and earthquakes in California. According to the story: "In California, wastewater wells in the Los Angeles Basin are not believed to cause earthquakes, according to Caltech seismologist Egill Hauksson, who was not involved in the USGS report. Earthquakes aren't observed to be clustered in oil fields in Southern California, he said. ... "In California, scientists say different oil extraction practices may be why earthquakes aren't occurring due to wastewater injection here. "One factor is that the Los Angeles Basin's petroleum deposits...

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  • ICYMI: Hydraulic Fracturing, a Net Water Producer in California

    Press Releases | May 06, 2015 | by CEI Staff

    While activists have been quick to point the finger at the energy industry in the midst of the state’s drought, hydraulic fracturing is actually a net water producer in California and part of the solution to our water crisis. In a recent radio interview, Rock Zierman of the California Independent Petroleum Association explains: “We are net providers [of water] when it comes to hydraulic fracturing because it’s only a couple hundred acre feet that we are consuming and yet we are providing tens of thousands of acre feet to farmers who...

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