Tonight on Political Analysis, Sandy LeonVest is joined by retired CAL OSHA Senior Public Health Official Dr. Larry Rose. A physician by profession, Dr. Rose, also serves as an Occupational Environmental Medicine Assistant Professor at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Having recently joined the burgeoning national movement for energy democracy, Dr. Rose is in the process of organizing a major grassroots effort in Marin County, California to get dirty energy -- and the fossil fuel industry -- out of California's first Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), known as Marin Energy Authority (MEA) or Marin Clean Energy (MCE).
Along with other CCA-related issues, SLV and Dr. Rose discuss why California's first CCA is so important to the nation's "clean energy future;" how CCA is being subverted by Big Energy interests; how California's first CCA in Marin County, (MEA) -- with the help of its public relations arm (MCE)-- managed to package and sell its corporate-controlled model to Marin residents and local environmental groups as "clean, local and non-corporate;" how the concept of "energy democracy" is being jeopardized and co-opted by the corporate-controlled version of CCA. They also discuss how Shell Oil, Con Edison and other fossil fuel interests embedded themselves in CCA -- aided and abetted by the Marin-based LEAN EnergyUS, an organization dedicated to taking the corporate-owned model of CCA national.