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Predicting the future ... by inventing it

Being such a young organization, it feels a little strange pointing back to things we did in the past, but our long-time followers will remember our Monterey Shale series, released last fall and covering the economic prospects of oil extraction in the formation. Back then we called the projections "too big to believe." This week, however ...

Press Release

Statement from Next Generation: Monterey Shale and Oil Dependence

The announcement today that California’s Monterey shale oil deposits can not be recovered with current technology sends a clear message: California should continue to focus its efforts on leading the world in the use of technologies that reduce oil dependence, improve air quality, and help our citizens save money.

Energy & Climate

California Oil Industry Jobs: “There you go again”

Despite previous debunking of a similar piece of research, the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) just released an economic impact study by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAECD), claiming the industry supported nearly half a million direct and indirect jobs and generated $113 billion in economic value in California in 2012.

Press Release

Experts Question Viability of California’s Monterey Shale

A group of oil and economic experts today questioned the viability of California’s Monterey Shale oil deposits and encouraged state legislators to proceed with caution as they consider whether to include the Monterey Shale in forecasts of the state’s energy and economic future.

Energy & Climate

Will the Monterey Shale be an Economic Boon to California?

Business Leader and Next Generation co-founder Tom Steyer, geoscientist Dr. David Hughes of the Post Carbon Institute, and Robert Collier, a research fellow with Next Generation, discuss the prospects of developing California's Monterey Shale during a panel in Sacramento.

Energy & Climate

Invitation: Panel Discussion on Monterey Shale

Next Generation, the Post Carbon Institute, and Physicians, Scientists and Engineers for Healthy Energy invite you to join a panel discussion on the energy and economic potential of California’s Monterey Shale formation.

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100,000 Reasons To Celebrate

Our Too Small to Fail team passed a major milestone this week with the news that we've garnered over 100,000 likes on Facebook. To celebrate, we're running a giveaway on the Facebook page and soliciting fan photos on with a contest on Twitter and Instagram. And of course we're still providing high-quality, science-based information on early childhood development to parents and caregivers on toosma

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California: First for families, first for clean air

In California, we like to go first. Over 60 years ago, we became the first state in the nation to adopt aggressive air pollution regulations, which made us a global leader in protecting human health. You know what else California did first? Adopt some very forward-thinking, pro-family rules regarding paid family leave.

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Helping our kids by doing the math

America's kids are falling behind. We're hopeful that through efforts like Too Small to Fail, we'll be able to close the gap – but we're not sanguine about what it will take. When you add up the numbers, it's clear that we'll all need to be a part of the solution.

Energy & Climate

Part 4: Monterey Shale: Twice as polluting as Keystone XL?

Much of California’s current petroleum output is categorized as heavy or extra-heavy oil, meaning it is more viscous and requires more energy and time to refine into fuel than lighter grades of crude. In many ways, it is similar to the thick “bitumen” petroleum that comprises Alberta’s tar sands.

Energy & Climate

Production methods: a primer

Predictions for California’s oil industry emissions are also complicated by the lack of clarity about which production methods will be used, and at what depth. Some of these variables could make the Monterey Shale output cleaner than current California crudes, while others would make it dirtier.

Energy & Climate

Part 1: Distracted by Fracking?

Acidizing is a powerful oil production technique that could lead to an oil boom in California's Monterey Shale, but little is known about its potential risks.

Energy & Climate

Distracted by fracking?

If you knew that offshore fracking was happening in California, you're one step ahead of state officials. There's tons more info our new report on the Monterey Shale.