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    Hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," continues day and night to extract petroleum in Shafter, northwest of Bakersfield.

  • REP. JACKIE SPEIER, D-Hillsborough

The Buzz: Californians narrowly oppose fracking, support Keystone XL pipeline, poll finds

Published: Monday, Aug. 5, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3A

Climate change represents a concrete threat for a majority of Californians, according to a recent poll, but those surveyed were less certain about issues at the intersection of energy and the environment.

Residents narrowly oppose hydraulic fracturing, and they narrowly support construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, according to the Public Policy Institute of California.

A partisan fissure runs through views about hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," an energy extraction process that several California lawmakers have sought to regulate this year.

Of those surveyed, 51 percent oppose the drilling method, which involves blasting a mix of sand, water and chemicals deep underground.

But 60 percent of Democrats, 48 percent of independents and only 35 percent of Republicans oppose fracking.

The proposed pipeline, which would transport oil from Canada to refineries in Texas, won the support of the same narrow majority of 51 percent. Here, too, emerged a partisan divide. Just 38 percent of Democrats backed the project, but 70 percent of Republicans and 57 percent of independents affirmed it.

– Jeremy B. White


A measure to let California students use the facilities and join the teams aligned with their gender identities is bound for Gov. Jerry Brown's desk, giving him just over a week as of today to consider it. Opponents argue that Assembly Bill 1266, by Democrat Tom Ammiano, could allow biologically male students to join women's teams and upend athletic records.

– Jeremy B. White


"House #GOP forcing 40th vote to repeal #ACA #ObamaCare. Check the 'Repeal-O-Meter' to see how the first 39 went."

REP. JACKIE SPEIER, D-Hillsborough, one of the many members of the California delegation tweeting about the House's vote to repeal the federal health care law before taking its August break

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