Aera Energy (ExxonMobil and Shell) and Chevron cite "U.S. Energy Information Administration Data" as the source of their false claims that since California already imports about 75% of the oil we use, Measures A and B would force the import of even more expensive foreign oil.
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That's not what the U.S. Energy Information Administration says.
It actually says:
"The EIA is not able to determine precisely how much of the crude oil exported from the United States is produced in the United States because some of the exported crude oil may originally have been imported from other countries, placed in storage, and then re-exported. The United States also produces and exports petroleum products, but EIA is unable to precisely track how much of these petroleum exports are made from domestically produced or imported crude oil. Also, some of U.S. crude oil exports are refined into petroleum products in other countries, which may be exported back to, and consumed in, the United States." 
If the EIA can't determine or track this information for the U.S., how would it be able to determine or track it for California? Answer: it can't.
Here's what the U.S. Energy Information Administration's website actually says about California:

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The EIA is the statistical agency of the Department of Energy. It provides policy-independent data, forecasts, and analyses to promote sound policy making, efficient markets, and public understanding regarding energy, and its interaction with the economy and the environment.
The absurdity of these claims by Aera Energy and Chevron can be seen on the May 10, 2022 Short-Term Energy Outlook on the EIA website. There is no evidence of any threat of a "shut down [of] local oil and gas production" as their mailers repeatedly claim. As Honesty Counts has previously explained, Measures A and B close a loophole in the law, requiring modern-day standards for all NEW oil facilities. Aera Energy has had an unfair advantage over other oil and gas producers in the County, which already comply with environmental laws. 
Abe says, "Their source doesn't say what they say it said."


  • Aera Energy
  • Misrepresents
  • EIA
  • ExxonMobil, Shell, Chevron