August 11, 2016 – San Diego Union Tribune – Jeff McDonald – Governor’s office says his environmental record makes advocacy group’s claims ‘cuckoo’
A Santa Monica consumer group is criticizing Gov. Jerry Brown for his ties to utilities and other companies reliant on fossil fuels, linking almost $10 million in contributions from 26 oil, gas and power companies to decisions by Brown administration officials that directly benefited the donors.
The Governor’s Office says political contributions have not influenced his policies, and his environmental record speaks for itself. Allies said the report by Consumer Watchdog misses the point of Brown’s record, although some advocates said the study raises troubling questions.
Nicole Capretz, executive director of the San Diego-based Climate Action Campaign, declined to comment on Brown at all, although she commented on the companies featured by Consumer Watchdog. “This report highlights what we have always known,” she said. “Sempra and SDG&E will stop at nothing to keep their monopoly stranglehold and our dependence on outdated polluting fuels, to the detriment of families wanting the opportunity for clean air, clean energy and lower bills in the face of a climate crisis.”