Legislation in 2019: Victories and Vetoes

At the end of a very busy 2019 legislative session, Governor Newsom handed climate activists some notable victories and several disappointments.  A full summary of the results on the bills that Fossil Free California followed can be found here Let’s first highlight some of the victories. The passage and signing of AB 857(Chiu and Santiago),…

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Bills FFCA is Watching: Mid-Year Report

The first half of the legislative year in the California Assembly and Senate is now complete: final votes happened on May 31st. It was a busy few months with many more climate-related bills than we could possibly follow, let alone on which we could take positions. We prioritized bills based on how they fit with…

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Environmental Coalition Opposes SB 386

Fossil Free California joined more than 50 other environmental organizations in a strong letter of opposition to SB 386 (Caballero), which would violate the integrity of the Renewable Portfolio Standard by permitting two irrigation districts to count their large hydropower generation as a renewable resource. Read the complete letter. Last year, California passed the groundbreaking…

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Surfing the New Wave of Climate-Related Legislation in California

Following legislation in California always requires good coalition-building and constant vigilance, but this year a new wave of climate-related legislation is testing our surfing skills.  By the February 2019 deadline, over 2700 bills had been introduced in the California State Legislature. After another season of floods and fires, many bills address climate mitigation and adaptation, reflecting the growing…

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Sacramento Valley Regional Climate Symposium

Free Conference for Sacramento Valley Residents who want to Learn about the Impacts of Climate Change on their Locale If you live in the Sacramento Valley and want to learn more about the impacts of Climate Change on your locale, the Capital Region Climate Readiness Collaborative is holding a symposium on February 6th to review the results…

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Governor Newsom: Make Climate Change High Priority

The reality of climate change hit home in California this year with a vengeance. The wildfires in the North and South of the state caused fatalities, devastated ecosystems, destroyed people’s lives and homes and left much of the state dealing with very unhealthy air quality. Recent reports indicate we have very little time, perhaps only…

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An Open Letter to Governor-Elect Gavin Newsom

Fossil Free California is sending the following letter to Governor-Elect Gavin Newsom and his transition team. The letter calls for an Executive Order declaring a Climate Emergency, and lists other urgent actions to speed a just transition to a low-carbon economy.

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Two Wins for the Climate and California

It has been a good couple of days for climate bills in the California Legislature! Fossil Free California’s own SB 964 (Allen) passed both houses of the legislature with bipartisan votes. Our other key priority bill, SB 100 (de Léon), also passed both the Assembly and Senate this week.

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