Don’t discount the power that a small group can have in affecting policy or projects at the local level.
A new trend in California is emerging – small town environmentally-focused groups that serve a single purpose: shut down oil & traditional energy production without any compromise.
Understanding that efforts undertaken by radical activists will be ineffective against the Republican controlled White House and Congress, the fight has transitioned into a hyper-local effort, starting a war of attrition against traditional energy production, focusing on the County and City levels.
The problem? Its working. Across California, groups have formed to fight against production, winning strategic victories in cities such as San Luis Obispo, Arvin in Kern County, Benicia in the Bay, and Monterey County. With these apparent successes, efforts have snowballed and now groups have been activated and are mobilizing their coordinated efforts to fight grassroots battles in ever more places. It is fair to say that any town, city or county will undoubtedly suffer consequences to local economies and tax revenues.
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