California’s Climate War: Far From Quiet on the Western Front

Federal climate legislation is on the shelf for at least this year, making California’s AB 32 the most significant U.S. effort to cut global warming pollution. 

This means polluters—especially oil and coal companies that have been fighting clean energy for years—are spending millions to derail it.

We’ve been seeing this for decades in Washington and in international venues. Few have a keener or more insightful perspective on this history than Eric Pooley, who will be in Sacramento tomorrow to discuss his acclaimed new book The Climate War: True Believers, Power Brokers and the Fight to Save the Earth.  

Pooley’s book takes readers on a multi-year journey on the front lines with climate warriors such as EDF’s Fred Krupp, former Vice President Al Gore and the sometimes edgy, always enigmatic CEO of Duke Energy, Jim Rogers.  

The story is as tantalizing as it is timely: Californians head to the polls in five weeks to vote on Proposition 23, the polluter-funded initiative to suspend AB 32.  The initiative’s main backers—Valero, Tesoro and the billionaire Koch Brothers—known as the Toxic Triplets, were dealt a big blow last week when gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman came out and opposed it. Still, these deep-pocketed polluters will spend millions on ads between now and Election Day to try and win this war.

Eric will read from and discuss The Climate War tomorrow from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. at a breakfast co-sponsored by EDF and the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies (CEERT) at CEERT’s office, 1100 11th Street, Suite 311, in Sacramento.  For information or to RSVP, please contact me at

Pooley will also be the special guest speaker at a California Air Resources Board event later tomorrow.

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