Is Valero Behind CMTA's "Junk Economics" Study?
the Legislative Analyst's
Office has ridiculed the
"Varshney study" http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/03/18/BAPS1CI26G.DTL, the cornerstone of
the polluter's AB 32's job loss and cost
arguments, Valero and the oil industry are back with more junk
This morning, the
California Manufacturers and Technology Association (CMTA) will hold a press
event touting a new oil industry-funded "study" about the impacts of
pollution-reducing legislation from the right-wing Pacific Research
This political event
comes days after CMTA endorsed the polluter's deceptive job-killing ballot
proposition being funded by Texas oil companies -- despite opposition to the
Valero initiative from the state's leading employers, including Google, eBay,
and Waste Management (even the CMTA members the
California Chamber of Commerce and Chevron are not supporting
In any case, here a
few things you should know about this oil industry propaganda and its
is a leading member of CMTA and is spending more than $500,000 on an initiative
to suspend AB32. Oil companies are responsible for 89 percent of the funding for
the initiative, and more than 70 percent is from Texas. (Source: California
Secretary of State).
lobbyist Michael Carpenter, is a board member of the Pacific Research Institute,
funders of the study. (http://www.spinprofiles.org/index.php/Pacific_Research_Institute and http://cal-access.sos.ca.gov/Lobbying/Employers/Detail.aspx?id=1237027&session=2009).
author of the study, Thomas Tanton, is a consultant to the oil and gas industry
and Senior Research Fellow with the Pacific Research institute where a Valero
lobbyist sits on his board (http://www.pacificresearch.org/keypeople/thomas-tanton). He
formerly was a VP at the Institute for Energy Research, which is funded by oil
and gas interests http://www.desmogblog.com/tom-tanton.
- Tanton's bio from the Heartland
Institute, a right-wing "think tank" that bashes climate change scientists,
notes that Tanton "frequently publishes and speaks against alarmist and
reactionary policies and government failures." http://www.globalwarmingheartland.com/expert.cfm?expertId=414.
- On the
"RedneckUSA.com" website, Tanton even argues that development
of renewable energy in California will not help reduce our dependence on Middle
East oil http://redneckusa.wordpress.com/2009/11/13/top-ten-energy-myths/.
Dorothy Rothrock was an industry energy consultant for
years before joining CMTA. http://www.cmta.net/bio.php?people_id=rothrock_dorothy&popup=1.
when AB 32 was signed into law -- and unemployment was 4.8 percent, Rothrock
criticized it http://www.cmta.net/bio.php?people_id=rothrock_dorothy&popup=1, which
makes her support for an initiative that would have the law take effect when
unemployment levels reach that number again quite suspect.
Numerous independent studies
show that AB 32 is generating a new clean tech economy for California and will
create 112,000 - 403,000 new jobs by 2020. Last week, more than 6,000 attendees
and 350 companies jammed the Sacramento convention center for the Green
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