“The exemptions from [environmental restrictions] are precisely what [the Governor] sought late in 2011 when he replaced two top officials in the state Conservation Department with appointees who agreed to ease environmental restrictions on energy companies.
“In the months afterward, the department granted oil companies 19 exemptions statewide — a six-fold increase from the year before — and 14 energy firms gave more than $1.1 million to the governor’s tax initiative … which voters approved in November.
“‘I’ve never seen [an environmental] exemption I didn’t like,’ [the Governor] told reporters at a news conference earlier this year.”
Jindal? Perry? Fallin? Nope. It’s none of the above.
Surprise! It’s Jerry Brown.