CARB’s Concern for the Rainforest is Ironic

Eric Eisenhammer
Founder of the Coalition of Energy Users, a nonprofit grassroots organization for access to affordable energy and quality jobs.

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) recently announced plans to dedicate a portion of its hidden gas tax to saving the tropical rainforest. This is ironic because CARB’s own policies actually contribute to rainforest deforestation. The agency is a strong advocate of a “low carbon fuel standard,” or LCFS. The LCFS is a food-for-fuel program that, […]

Read more

Fracking Hysteria and People Who Take Selfies with Bears

Eric Eisenhammer
Founder of the Coalition of Energy Users, a nonprofit grassroots organization for access to affordable energy and quality jobs.

Recent reports have revealed Colorado authorities had to shut down a park because so many people were taking selfies with the bears. Needless to say, while they may be cute, bears are dangerous wild animals who sometimes enjoy eating human beings for dinner. It’s hard not to wonder whether the selfie-takers are unaware that real […]

Read more

A Solution To Global Warming Does More Harm Than Good

Eric Eisenhammer
Founder of the Coalition of Energy Users, a nonprofit grassroots organization for access to affordable energy and quality jobs.

As Californians face mandatory water restrictions due to a severe drought, growing biofuels – long considered a solution to climate change – may actually be worse for water shortages than the effects of global warming itself. According to a new peer-reviewed study from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, growing biofuels and the policies in place to increase their […]

Read more

Dude, Growing Marijuana Uses 200 Times More Water Than Fracking!

Eric Eisenhammer
Founder of the Coalition of Energy Users, a nonprofit grassroots organization for access to affordable energy and quality jobs.

Intent on ignoring facts and spreading hysteria, ideological opponents of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, have seized on the state’s drought as an excuse to demand a moratorium.  Never mind that fracking doesn’t even use much water. Now, scientists with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife are warning that streams harboring endangered salmon and steelhead […]

Read more

California Universities Support Cap and Trade for Us, Not for Them

Eric Eisenhammer
Founder of the Coalition of Energy Users, a nonprofit grassroots organization for access to affordable energy and quality jobs.

It was announced last week that California’s UC and CSU systems will be hit with up to $28 million in new energy taxes if CARB’s cap and trade program moves forward as planned. This should have come as no surprise because citizen ratepayers and small business owners have been warning for years that the cap […]

Read more

California Begs for Cash

Eric Eisenhammer
Founder of the Coalition of Energy Users, a nonprofit grassroots organization for access to affordable energy and quality jobs.

Read more

New Law Exempts Cap and Trade from Open Meetings

Eric Eisenhammer
Founder of the Coalition of Energy Users, a nonprofit grassroots organization for access to affordable energy and quality jobs.

On the afternoon the state budget was signed into law last Wednesday I received an email from a local activist informing me that hidden in a trailer bill titled SB 1018 was a provision exempting the upcoming cap and trade auction from open meeting rules. CARB formed a company called Western Climate Initiative Inc. (WCI), […]

Read more

Critical public comments unwelcome at CARB?

Eric Eisenhammer
Founder of the Coalition of Energy Users, a nonprofit grassroots organization for access to affordable energy and quality jobs.

I recently had the opportunity to attend a California Air Resources Board hearing on the agency’s plans to spend revenue from a proposed cap and trade auction.  This auction will cost Californians billions of dollars, but when citizens showed up at CARB to express their opposition, CARB Chairman Mary Nichols abruptly shut down public comments, […]

Read more

New Mexico Governor Stalls Cap&Trade

Eric Eisenhammer
Founder of the Coalition of Energy Users, a nonprofit grassroots organization for access to affordable energy and quality jobs.

Read more