SB 964 is Signed, Sealed, Delivered

The news came over at 8 am Sunday, September 23 – the Governor has signed SB 964. Feels like a miracle, but it may only be good governing. This is a very big deal—this bill not only holds CalPERS and CalSTRS accountable for their investments’ impact on the climate, but it also gives us all a solid organizing platform in the future, in California and beyond. And we did it together! 

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SB 964 Clears its First Hurdle

On Monday, April 9, the Senate Public Employment and Retirement Committee passed SB 964, Fossil Free California’s bill authored by Sen. Ben Allen, 5-3 on a party line vote. The bill will require CalPERS and CalSTRS to consider “climate-related financial risk,” as defined, when making investment decisions—and to report to the public on climate risk…

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A Big Win in Glendale: Gas Plant Expansion on Hold

On Tuesday (or more precisely 3 am Wednesday morning) the Glendale City Council voted 4-1 to delay action on expanding the Grayson gas-fired power plant for 90 days, while investigating clean energy alternatives through a Request for Information (RFI) process. Here’s the LA Times’ coverage of the meeting. This is a big win for Fossil…

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Xavier Becerra: Missing on Climate

Doesn’t the AG, and the state, have a dog in this fight? At 8 am on March 21, a Wednesday morning, two federal District Court courtrooms in San Francisco were jammed with lawyers, scientists, journalists, and climate activists—and more people were lined up down the hall, eager to listen to five occasionally riveting hours of…

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Big News! Our bill, SB 560, is back as SB 964

The Bill Formerly Known as SB 560, abandoned in the deep freeze (aka the Senate Appropriations Committee’s suspense file) last spring, is back, thanks to a combination of Ben Allen’s staff’s steadfast dedication to the environment and the arcane rules of the state legislature. The bill: As you may recall, SB 560 and the new SB 964 define “climate-related financial risk”…

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A New Divestment Year in California

Protest Megabanks Fossil Fuels Investments

2018 is here, and it’s a bright new divestment year in California. As you consider charitable donations for this new year, we hope you’ll consider a tax-deductible contribution to FFCA. Best of all would be a recurring donation that allows us to budget support for our growing list of 2018 projects: Divestment from fossil fuels…

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End of Legislative Year Action

From: Janet Cox and Fossil Free California’s Legislative Team There is good news and bad news. The 2017 legislative year ended on September 1 (make that 2:30 am on Sept. 2). And we survived—that’s the good news. But the 2017-1018 legislative session, where Democrats have shaky supermajorities in both houses, is only half over! That’s…

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CalPERS and tobacco—the blow-by-blow

Thanks to the many Fossil Free California supporters who joined CalPERS’ tobacco debate (along with a host of public health and anti-smoking organizations), the Board voted on Monday divest from the $557 million in tobacco stocks we all THOUGHT they had dumped in the early 2000s, when they first decided to divest. This was the outcome…

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