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Paris commitments not enough (6.3°F)

By Robert Silvey | October 13, 2015

Leading up to the Paris climate talks in December, India has now submitted to the UN its plan for curbing carbon emissions. As of this week, almost every nation has announced what it’s prepared to do to keep the rise in global warming 2 degrees Celsius below pre-industrial levels. Unfortunately, it’s not enough. Why is…

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Rooftop solar is under attack

By Robert Silvey | October 12, 2015

The solar-energy industry has been an engine of growth for California over the last decade, and now the investor-owned utilities (IOUs) want to boost their profits by throttling back that engine. Of course, the rapid expansion of solar power has been an environmental boon as well—and the IOUs’ latest rate proposals, if enacted, will ensure…

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Don't let Congress lift the oil export ban

By Janet Cox | October 9, 2015

As oil prices “tank” (ahem) due to oversupply (thanks fracking!), the divestment movement chugs along, inflating the carbon bubble. This is all bad news for Big Oil. Feeling the pinch, the oil companies have come up with a brilliant idea for restoring lost revenue: Get the Congress (which it happens to own) to repeal the crude…

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Brown signs SB 185: Divest coal!

By Robert Silvey | October 8, 2015

Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 185 today. Our two state pension funds are now required to purge their portfolios of that most pernicious of fossil fuels, coal. It’s time to celebrate! The enactment of SB 185 is an enormous step forward for the divestment movement—in fact, for the entire climate movement—because CalSTRS and CalPERS are the largest state…

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Rebel with a cause: Jerry Brown and the climate

By Robert Silvey | October 7, 2015

It may be a stretch to continue calling Jerry Brown a rebel after all these years, but today he did revisit James Dean’s old haunt, the Griffith Observatory—and he shook up the fossil fuel establishment. Brown signed into law a landmark piece of climate legislation, Senate Bill 350, and California is now a bit further along the path…

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Shell games in Alaska

By Robert Silvey | October 6, 2015

In Alaska, there’s good news and there’s bad news. The good news first: last week Royal Dutch Shell shut down its drilling rig in the Chukchi Sea and gave up its immediate dream of a great Arctic oil bonanza. After seven billion dollars of failed investment in a single dry well, Shell has now followed the lead…

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Science teachers support divestment

By Fossil Free California | October 5, 2015

by Heather MacLeod The California Science Education Conference was held October 2–4 in Sacramento, sponsored by the California Science Teacher’s Association, and Fossil Free California was there. Two volunteers from 350 Sacramento, Jaime Gonzalez and Megan Elsea, joined me at our table in the exhibit hall, and we asked science teachers to sign our divestment petition. We talked…

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SB 185: Looks like we did it…

By Fossil Free California | October 4, 2015

by Janet Cox …with a little help from Bill McKibben and Tom Steyer, who teamed up to accost the Governor at an event they were all attending. He committed to signing the bill, but he didn’t say when. October 11 is his deadline, so stay tuned this week! There has been a lot of good news…

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FFCA's New Mission Statement and Steering Committee

By Sandy Emerson | October 2, 2015

Fossil Free California has a new mission statement, Steering Committee, and governance process. After circulating proposals to active participants over the summer, FFCA ratified a new mission statement, Steering Committee, and governance process at the September 17th Strategy Day meeting in Oakland.  Thanks to for providing meeting space, snacks, and lunch!  More than 20…

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Reasons for hope, reasons for action

By Robert Silvey | September 8, 2015

The climate movement is snowballing! Well, perhaps we should find another metaphor, one that doesn’t melt in the heat. Blossoming? Springing up? Taking off? Whatever your choice of image, there are many reasons to be optimistic about the recent shift in how people perceive climate change. Technological advances are making non-carbon energy cheap and accessible. And political…

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