Jerry Brown, Stop Taking Climate Negotiating Points from Chevron

Jerry Brown, Chevron StenographerCalifornia Governor Jerry Brown has spent his last few weeks flying around the world and collecting accolades for his climate activism, but at home he’s been working to undercut a state bill to improve and extend California’s landmark climate law - by using Chevron’s wish list.

Yep. California’s climate leader is acting as the stenographer for Chevron.

AB 32, California’s landmark climate law, expires in 2020 and everyone says they want to extend it - but some are more sincere than others. This spring, Latham and Watkins, the expensive law firm working for Western States Petroleum Association (Chevron and its cohorts) put together its wish list for cap and trade reform: end the program by 2030, keep the allowances cheap at $12-50/ton (and even continue to give away some free allowances), bar local air districts from creating greenhouse gas regulations for local air quality tougher than California state regulations, and make it easier for polluters to buy offsets out of state. Oh, and they’d include detailed monitoring of toxins at refineries and other large polluters so that (mostly poor minority) people would know just how much deadly crap they breathe in every day.

Meanwhile, state senate Pro Tem Kevin DeLeon and state senator Bob Wieckowski introduced SB 775 to bring real reform to carbon pricing: require California refineries to clean up their pollution at home, end the scandalous practice of buying carbon offsets far offshore, set a more realistic market for carbon (up to $120/ton), no free allowances to pollute, and a climate dividend for every California resident.

So what does climate hero Gov. Jerry Brown do? He ignores SB 775 and the science behind it, refuses to talk with its authors, and circulates his own proposals: end the program by 2030, keep the allowances cheap at $12-63/ton (and even continue to give away some free allowances), bar local air districts from creating greenhouse gas regulations for local air quality tougher than California state regulations, and make it easier for polluters to buy offsets out of state. Oh, and he includes detailed monitoring of toxins at refineries and other large polluters so that (mostly poor minority) people would know just how much deadly crap they breathe in every day.

You see how that works?

California deserves better than a governor acting as WSPA’s stenographer on California’s landmark climate initiative.

 

 

Tell Gov. Jerry Brown: Stop taking your climate negotiating points from Chevron!

 

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  • Sue Jarrard
    signed 2017-07-06 07:55:56 -0700
  • Jen Messina
    signed 2017-07-06 06:33:51 -0700
    Dirty energy, bye bye! Clean energy, HELLO!
  • Karen Howard
    signed 2017-07-05 20:46:51 -0700
    Karen Howard
  • Sophia Torelli
    signed 2017-07-05 19:51:28 -0700
  • Corky Anderson
    signed 2017-07-05 19:10:29 -0700
  • Arthur Arnold
    signed 2017-07-05 19:08:23 -0700
    Save the planet, not corporations.
  • cynthia thomas
    signed 2017-07-05 18:00:56 -0700
  • bernardo alayza mujica alayza mujica
    signed 2017-07-05 17:57:40 -0700
  • Mogens Brandt
    signed 2017-07-05 17:52:47 -0700
  • Barbara Eisenberg
    signed 2017-07-05 17:14:33 -0700
    Barbara Eisenberg
  • Jeanette Passty
    signed 2017-07-05 16:15:06 -0700
  • Doug C
    signed 2017-07-05 15:01:50 -0700
  • David Niskanen
    signed 2017-07-05 14:06:36 -0700
    David Niskanen
  • Barbara Levenstien
    signed 2017-07-05 13:47:54 -0700
  • Stacie Charlebois
    signed 2017-07-05 13:14:46 -0700
  • Asano Fertig
    signed 2017-07-05 13:12:27 -0700
    Ms. Asano Fertig
  • Michele Paxson
    signed 2017-07-05 12:57:12 -0700
    Michele Paxson
  • Fran McGivern
    signed 2017-07-05 12:46:16 -0700
  • Paul Hines
    signed 2017-07-05 11:59:21 -0700
  • Stephanie Reader
    signed 2017-07-05 11:48:41 -0700
    Your generally reliable leadership on environmental issues has troubling exceptions, like fossil fuel extraction, the Water Tunnels, et al. Please review and amend those positions! We need to be able to trust your voice on protecting the environment long after you end your service as our Governor!

    thank you,

    Stephanie P Reader
  • Ari Biernoff
    signed 2017-07-05 10:57:43 -0700
  • Robert Yunus
    signed 2017-07-05 10:50:02 -0700
    Robert Yunus
  • Igor Tregub
    signed via 2017-07-05 09:40:20 -0700
  • Ann Royall
    signed 2017-07-05 08:45:11 -0700
  • Greg Hall
    signed 2017-07-05 08:39:10 -0700
  • gregory Brown
    signed 2017-07-05 08:27:38 -0700
  • Kimberly Spiegel
    signed 2017-07-05 07:56:25 -0700
  • Dana Heffner
    signed 2017-07-05 07:54:10 -0700
  • Marilyn Cullen
    signed 2017-07-05 04:56:42 -0700
    I’m a Californian living in Ireland, and I hold dual citizenship, voting by absentee ballot. Governor Brown, please don’t go by Chevron’s wishes. With President Trump gutting all the progress that has been hard won over the years, the last thing we don’t need is watering down important steps toward improving the environment.
  • Valerie Champagne
    signed 2017-07-04 23:49:53 -0700