AB 2145 is Defeated. No Final Vote in CA Senate
Assembly Bill 2145, the proposed law aimed at crushing Community Choice Energy programs in California, is officially dead. When Senator Steinberg brought down the gavel this morning at 3:00 a.m. with no vote from legislators for AB 2145, the bill died. The bill’s author, Assemblyman Steven Bradford, was unable to find a colleague to manage his bill on the senate side.
The victory over extremely powerful corporate forces in Sacramento resulted from the uprising of governments, businesses, and clean energy advocates from San Diego to Del Norte County. A statewide coalition, Californians for Energy Choice, fought the bill to the bitter end.
Community Choice energy is the most powerful tool to rapidly reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the local level. Large utilities have repeatedly tried to stop it. Pacific Gas & Electric spent nearly $50 million in 2010 pushing Proposition 16 that would have ended Community Choice in California. Voters roundly defeated this statewide ballot measure.
In September, heads of state are going to New York City for a historic summit on climate change. You may have already read Bill McKibben’s invitation to the People’s Climate March in NYC: This is an invitation to “anyone who’d like to prove to themselves, and to their children, that they give a damn about the biggest crisis our civilization has ever faced.”
While the People's Climate March is happening in NYC, The NorCal People's Climate Rally will be happening in Oakland.
Join us in Oakland (and other locations) for a Rally and spread the word about postering/bannering around the Bay Area.
The Rally will be held from noon to 5:00pm at the Lake Merritt Amphitheater. It will be a family-friendly event, on the shore of Oakland's Lake Merritt, just a few short blocks from the Lake Merritt BART station.
Sponsoring and endorsing organizations will be part of a "Climate Fair", with tables for literature and discussion.
Come one, come all!
As our friend Bill points out: “This is dead-serious business, a signal moment in the gathering fight of human beings to do something about global warming before it's too late to do anything but watch.”
This is the time to take a weekend to bend the course of history.
Marin IJ Article About Invest Wisely Committee Action in Marin on August 13
Marin oil stock protest: 'What good is a pension fund on a dead planet?'
Global warming activists peppered Marin pension trustees with urgent pleas to dump more than $35 million in fossil fuel investments Wednesday, saying the fate of the planet is at stake.
Nearly a score of citizens affiliated with Marin 350, a climate change education group, spoke for more than an hour, warning of a "carbon bubble" catastrophe unless reliance on oil and related fuels ends.
Pension trustees made no comment on the matter, which was not on the agenda but aired at open time, and several were non-committal when asked later what they intended to do.
Stop Fracking in California - One County at a Time
Four counties in California who have collected signatures to put FRACKING BAN measures on their county ballots in November. The fractivists in these counties need help to win their ballot initiatives against the millions of dollars the oil companies are spending to defeat them.
Here are the counties with ballot initiatives and the groups that could use your support
- Butte - Frack Free Butte County
- Mendocino - Community Rights Organization of Mendocino County
- San Benito - San Benito Rising
- Santa Barbara - Santa Barbara County Water Guardians, 350 Santa Barbara
Find out more at Californians Against Fracking.
Here is a look at what is happening in Kern County in the Central Valley
65 Percent Back End to Dumping of Fracking Chemicals Into Ocean
As the California Coastal Commission meets in San Diego this week, a new poll finds that 55 percent of Californians back a ban on offshore fracking and 65 percent want oil companies prevented from dumping fracking chemicals into the ocean.
The poll also found almost half of state voters are less likely to visit beaches because of chemical discharge and offshore fracking, which has been used in hundreds of oil wells off the Southern California coast. The poll was commissioned by the Center for Biological Diversity and conducted by Public Policy Polling.
Among other notable poll results:
- 70 percent of Democrats and 59 percent of Independents support a ban on offshore fracking
- 56 percent of Californians oppose increased use of fracking in the state
- 66 percent are concerned about offshore fracking’s effects on endangered marine wildlife like blue whales
- Almost half of Californians believe that fracking harms the state’s reputation as a leader in addressing climate change
Photo by Adam Welz/350.org
Logo artwork by Kathleen Lipinski.