The decision by a California regional board to refuse economic stimulus funds worth $11 million for the installation of 55 E85 stations could be related to the close ties between key state officials and big oil companies, according to Joanna Schroeder in this opinion article. Mary Nichols, chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board, and Cathy Reheis-Boyd, chairwoman of the Marine Life Protection Act Blue Ribbon Task Force, are two state officials holding close associations with the oil industry, Schroeder writes.

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