California effort defeated in Senate, but "one day soon the vote to refrain from polluting for profit will prevail!" says Senator Mitchell.
An effort to put a moratorium on fracking in the state of California failed to pass the state Senate on Wednesday following a spending blitz by the energy industry.
With an 18-16 vote, the bill, brought forth by Senator Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles), was three votes shy of what it needed to move forward. The Sacramento Bee's Capital Alert blog reports that that "four business-friendly Democrats voted against" the moratorium and three other Democrats abstained.
A poll released last week showed that 68 percent of Californians supported the moratorium, but big oil has been pouring money into the state to counter that sentiment. ThinkProgress reported:
The bill’s defeat was widely seen as a win for the state’s large oil lobby, led by the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA). The group, according to Truth Out, spent $4.6 million in 2013 on lobbying in California, and has so far spent $1.4 million in just the first 3 months of 2014. Altogether, the oil industry — including WSPA, Chevron, and BP — spent more than $56 million lobbying the California Legislature from 2009 through 2013.