California's governor often says that the environment is a priority for him (he has even made green his official campaign color). He's opposed to the Clean Alternative Energy Initiative (we wrote about it here), "a landmark ballot measure that would finance alternative energy research and development by imposing a tax on oil companies. (The initiative is backed by dozens of California green groups, and would boost the state’s economy according to UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy.)" Could this opposition have anything to do with about $2 million in political contributions by oil companies he received, or the fact that Chevron gave $600,000 to his campaign and paid for his trip to the 2004 RNC in New York? "Chevron also reportedly enjoyed 'considerable influence' over the content of the Governor’s major reform proposals in 2004, which included significant benefits for the oil industry."
And which oil company is the #1 donor to the group opposing the clean energy initiative? Chevron, which has given a whopping $3,740,000, more than three times the amount of the next 14 donors combined.
Via ::Think Progress