The LA Times no longer maintains the 'Powering California' website for CA Resources Corporation

By Dan Bacher | 

On October 30, 2015, I wrote an article here about the Los Angeles Times and the California Resources Corporation, an Occidental Petroleum spinoff, teaming to create "Powering California," a Big Oil propaganda campaign website, as exposed by Clean Energy California.

You can read the entire article here.

The environmental group broke the story on their twitter page when they published a tweet from Western States Petroleum President Catherine Reheis-Boyd, the former Chair of the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Initiative Blue Ribbon Task Force to create questionable "marine protected areas" in Southern California, touting the new site.

Paid political advertisement

Reheis-Boyd tweeted, "Learn how California's #energy industry is quietly elevating the middle class & improving our quality of life:"

The website, produced by a supposedly "independent" department of the Los Angeles Times, proclaimed: "California oil and natural gas mean growth. They mean jobs. And, Californians need ample, affordable and reliable energy to thrive – to power our homes, farms, businesses and schools, fuel our cars, and produce products that we need and use every day."

Well,  I found out Friday that the Times is no longer producing or maintaining the website for “Powering California.”

On September 18, 2020, I emailed Hillary Manning. Vice President, Communications, of the Los Angeles Times, asking her whether the Times was still maintaining the California Resources Corporation's Powering California website. Here is her answer:

"No, the Los Angeles Times isn't maintaining or associated with the Powering California website at this point:

We have not had a contract with the California Resources Corporation for a few years.

For reference, our current brand publishing projects (of which Powering California was for a time) are listed here:
Thank you, Hillary Manning”  

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