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SoCalGas — one of America's largest gas utilities — has been charging ratepayers for some of its contributions to gas industry advocacy groups, according to documents shared with The Times.  https://www.latimes.com/environment/story/2019-11-22/socalgas-climate-change-customer-funds 

This means that money paid by SoCalGas customers on their monthly bills has been used to support groups working to promote natural gas. 📸: @bvdbrug  https://www.latimes.com/environment/story/2019-11-22/socalgas-climate-change-customer-funds 

Monopoly utilities such as SoCalGas can generally spend shareholder money however they want.

But they're supposed to spend ratepayer money only on projects that benefit ratepayers — infrastructure upgrades that improve safety, for instance.  https://www.latimes.com/environment/story/2019-11-22/socalgas-climate-change-customer-funds 

Critics say it's wrong for SoCalGas to spend ratepayer money in ways they see as at odds with California's climate change policies. They're concerned the gas company’s efforts might slow the state's fight against climate change. 📸: @bvdbrug

SoCalGas says it's trying to help the state meet its climate goals, not undermine them.

Energy reporter @Sammy_Roth with the full story:  https://www.latimes.com/environment/story/2019-11-22/socalgas-climate-change-customer-funds 

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