Governer Jerry Brown won’t be an oil baron anymore

A true Party member, using the power of the State for the Greater Good and his own.
A true Party member, using the power of the State for the Greater Good and his own.

Governor Moonbeam Jerry Brown has spent quite a lot of time decrying fossil fuels and carbon dioxide emissions and recently vowed to use executive action to combat climate change due to recent setbacks in the State Legislature. In fact, let’s hear some of Jerry’s recent statements and thoughts on combating Global Warming climate change:

 

This is very interesting in light of Jerry utilizing State resources to determine if 2700 acres of land owned by his family had the potential for oil extraction. Let’s look into this article from the AP in greater detail:

Jerry Brown last year directed state oil and gas regulators to research, map and report back on any mining and oil drilling history and “potential for future oil and gas activity” at the Brown family’s private land in Northern California, state records show.

After a phone call from the governor and follow-up requests from his aides, senior staffers in the state’s oil and gas regulatory agency over at least two days produced a 51-page historical report and geological assessment, plus a personalized satellite-imaged geological and oil and gas drilling map for the area around Brown’s family ranchland near the town of Williams.

I would think that this is in violation of State law (specifically Government Code 8314)? I suppose that the Governor is simply more equal than us proles though.

Ultimately, the regulators told the governor, prospects were “very low” for any commercial drilling or mining at the 2,700-acre property, which has been in Brown’s family for more than a century.”

It’s good to hear that the Governor won’t be profiting off of fossil fuels and making money off of what will destroy Gaia.

Brown spokesman Gareth Lacy said Thursday the governor was interested in his ranch’s history and geology, “not drilling for oil and gas.” However, Lacy did not immediately respond Thursday when asked to explain why the memos and map by state regulators referred to the area’s oil and gas “potential,” and outlined the land’s drilling history and prospects.

So studying the ranch’s history includes determining the viability of oil and gas drilling? Interesting.

State law prohibits elected officials from using public resources for personal purposes, regardless of the motivation. Hollin Kretzmann, a staff attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity environmental group, said Thursday that Brown’s request to state regulators amounted to the governor using state workers as ‘his own private oil prospecting team.’

Brown aides and state oil regulators said the work was a legal and proper use of public resources — and no more than the general public would get.

If that’s what the general public would get, then everyone else living in the Democratic People’s Republic of Kalifornia (DPRK) should ask for such surveys on their land. I mean, it’s a proper use of public resources, right?

The AP asked the governor’s office and state oil and gas regulators on Oct. 27 for examples of similar state oil and gas research that state workers had done for private individuals rather than for public purposes. The governor’s office provided two examples Thursday of oil and gas research for public bodies, rather than private individuals — the city of Los Angeles and the Santa Barbara Channelkeeper non-government organization.

See, that’s the problem with analogies. The situations simply aren’t comparable or similar in scope.

Brown’s request to oil regulators points to the complex way that the governor, an internationally known advocate of renewable energy, approaches oil and gas issues in his own state. While spearheading ambitious programs to curb the use of climate-changing fossil fuels, Brown also has sought to spur oil production in California, the country’s No. 3 oil-producing state.

I wonder how much longer that No. 3 status will last for California?

‘We field similar requests for public, historical information … and responding is one of the division’s public service responsibilities,’ said Don Drysdale, a spokesman for the oil and gas agency.

Drysdale said the satellite-imaged geological and drilling map prepared by the state for Brown’s land took a ‘few hours.’

Like I said earlier, we should all start asking the division of oil and gas for such reports.

Assessing a private property’s oil and gas and mineral potential is not something that state regulators typically do, one oil industry executive said. ‘There’s no evaluation. That’s not a service they provide at all,’ said Rick Peace, president of a Bakersfield, California, company that helps manage oil exploration and production.

Roland Bain, a petroleum geologist based in Northern California, said he was struck by the report’s ‘beautiful map.’

‘Anyone calling in for help is not going to get that,’ Bain said. ‘The division of oil and gas has never been in a position to give you detailed geological mapping.’

Wait, you mean that the average citizen can’t get a detailed report on oil exploration potential for private land? Weird.

Alternatively, individuals can hire an independent petroleum geologist at $200 to $400 an hour, Day said.”

I suppose that Mr. Moonbeam is too poor to afford that…

Jessica Levinson, a governance expert and professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, said that if state regulators had done that kind of work before for private landowners, they should be able to provide examples.

Of Brown’s request, Levinson said, ‘if no other private individual is able to avail himself of this opportunity, and it’s clearly just for personal gain instead of public benefit, then it’s clearly problematic.’

It’s clearly not problematic since Brown is clearly a leading Party member in the War on Climate Change.

Brown told the Sacramento Bee in 2013 that he and his family owned a controlling interest in the acreage near Williams and that he planned to put a house on the property. The state research done on the ranch was first disclosed in a lawsuit by attorney Patricia Oliver on behalf of a group of Kern County farmers who allege the Brown administration worked with the oil industry to circumvent laws meant to protect groundwater from contamination.

It’s not like progressives care about California farmers anyway. They’re just little people clinging to their guns and religion.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has faulted state oil and gas regulators for failing to enforce federal laws meant to prevent oilfield pollution of the state’s reserves of water for drinking and irrigation. Last month, Bohlen blamed his ‘dramatically understaffed’ labor force for the state’s failures to enforce those federal codes.

It’s clear that taxpayer funds are being used properly, let’s give them some more. Don’t worry, Jerry Brown and other environmentalists will save you from yourself and destroying the Earth. They have the power to control the amount of heat absorbed by the oceans and atmosphere, if you just give them power over major aspects of your life.

josh-knobs

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