Aaron Miguel Cantú 

Type Investigations Fellow

Aaron Miguel Cantú is a Lannan Reporting Fellow with Type Investigations and a Los Angeles based investigative journalist. His reporting focuses on some of the most pressing issues of our time, including federal prosecutors targeting political protests; the power of the police and their role in society; and the transition away from fossil fuels, with an emphasis on environmental justice. He’s received awards from the Association of Alternative News Media, the ACLU, and the Society of Professional Journalists, and contributed to a book, Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? Police Violence and Resistance in the United States (Haymarket, 2016). He is currently based in Los Angeles.



California Air Regulators Try to Salvage Faulty System That Permitted ‘Extreme’ Pollution

Residents challenge regulators’ claims that they can’t account for toxic oil and gas emissions in the San Joaquin Valley.

Sporadic Monitoring of Emissions in California Oil Country Adds to Air Pollution Concerns

A patchwork of regulations is out of sync with the urgency of the climate crisis, experts say.

California is Falling Behind Its Climate Goals. Big Oil Wants to Help.

Fossil fuel companies are pushing for investment in emission-reducing technologies critics say are unproven or even harmful.

As Evidence of Cap and Trade Problems Mounts, California Air Regulators Remain Defiant

The state is in danger of missing its 2030 emission goal, but the oil and gas industry is lobbying against changes.

California Oil Safety Rule Contains ‘Zombie Well’ Loophole, Advocates Say

Lawsuit in Bay Area represents a looming issue for thousands of idled oil and gas wells.

How Oil Lobbyists Continue to Exert Influence on California Regulators and Lawmakers

Emails show how the industry weakened emissions legislation and pushed back on cap-and-trade reforms.

California Senator Who Helped Kill Environmental Regulations Runs Oil and Gas Staffing Firm

Will Democrats stop appointing legislators with fossil fuel investments to key committees in 2022?

Biden is Expanding Trump’s War on “Domestic Violent Extremism” — and It’s Sweeping Up Black People

Far from breaking with Trump’s civil disorder prosecutions, Biden has doubled down with an expansive view of extremism.

We Got Crushed at Trump’s Inaugural. Police Went Easy on Capitol Rioters.

The differences between law enforcement’s responses in 2017 and 2021 are disturbing.