Rodriguez, Pablo


Take Action: End the Bush Tax Cuts for the Wealthiest Two Percent

By Pablo Rodríguez

Thanks to Speaker John Boehner and Congressional Republicans holding the U.S. economy hostage during the debt-ceiling debacle in the summer of 2011, a package of automatic, across-the-board spending cuts known as the 'fiscal cliff' are less than three weeks away. And once again, Speaker of the House John Boehner insists on fighting for billionaires and once again holds our families hostage while he lectures on the virtues of tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires.

But allowing taxes to go up on middle class Americans would be devastating - both for families who are already struggling to make ends meet and for our economy.

Oil Shale: As Much Energy as a Baked Potato

By Pablo Rodriguez
Communities for a New California

Today, Republicans in Washington D.C. held a hearing on increasing the amount of land dedicated to oil shale extraction. Oil shale is a rock that contains a waxy substance called kerogen. When kerogen is heated to extremely high temperatures, it releases a substance that can be turned into crude oil. As with so many things, however, the devil is in the details when it comes to oil shale.   

It takes a lot of rock to create oil shale. In fact, pound for pound, oil shale has about the same amount of energy as a baked potato. Given that, in many cases the amount of energy recovered from oil shale is less than the amount of energy used in the extraction process. If that wasn’t enough, the technology to develop oil shale is not commercially viable and could likely depend heavily on already scarce water in the West.   

Make or Break Moment for Public Education in California

By Pablo Rodriguez
Communities for a New California

On Friday, November 4th, I proudly joined a growing movement of students, teachers, parents, and workers and sent the open letter below to the fifty corporate elite who serve on the boards of California's public colleges and universities. We are the 99%, and through our taxes we are already paying more than our fair share to save public education and vital social services in California.  We are at a make-or-break moment for the future of public education.

We Can’t Afford to Give Away the Great Outdoors

By Pablo Rodriguez
Communities for a New California

According to a just released study by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, outdoors recreation and land conservation and preservation generates $1 trillion in economic activity and supports 9.4 million in jobs each year in the United States. 

Central Valley Congressman Kevin McCarthy (CA-22) is leading the charge to undermine 9.4 million jobs created by four decades of conservation efforts by lawmakers from both parties. Rep. McCarthy is the author of H.R. 1581, often referred to as the “Great Outdoors Giveaway” because it benefits a few special interests at the expense of our wild lands and our health.

Not Sure What to Do This Summer? Get Outside and Explore California’s Natural Treasures

By Pablo Rodriguez
Communities for a New California

Like millions of families across the country, my family has been looking forward to the upcoming 4th of July holiday weekend.  And, just like millions of families throughout our nation we are mindful of our pocketbook.  As a child, my family gave me the greatest gift anyone could ever receive.  They taught me that we did not need to spend hundreds of dollars on an amusement park or travel thousands of miles away to an exotic location to get the most out of summer.

California is home to some of the most popular national, state and local parks, unique and diverse habitats, and other great cost-effective attractions that can bring families closer to nature – all for under $20.