California’s landmark climate law is about to be extended - but on terms dictated by Big Oil. California legislators are voting on Monday on AB 398, a bill to extend the carbon cap and trade system from 2020 to 2030. This bill would make it impossible for the state to meet its 2030 climate goals. It’s filled with free allowances for polluters, tax breaks for utilities, and a ceiling on the price on carbon pollution.
Tell your legislators: vote NO on AB 398. It's urgent - the votes are this Monday, July 17.
Look up your legislators’ contact information below.
- Your Assemblymember's Sacramento office number is (916) 319-20XX, where XX is the district number, e.g. (916) 319-2001 for Assembly District 1 and (916) 319-2080 for Assembly District 80. Your Senator's Sacramento office number is (916) 651-40XX, where again XX is the district number. Or just click through to this spreadsheet listing everyone's phone numbers, both local and Sacramento.
- Pick up the phone and ask your legislators—Assembly and Senate—to vote NO on AB 398.
- If you’re represented by a Democrat, you can explain: “We need to strengthen climate action, not weaken it. It’s a bad deal for California families even if it’s a good bill for Big Oil. It would prohibit local air quality management districts from setting local regulations on climate pollution. And it's loaded with tax breaks for manufacturers, electric utilities, and agriculture, but it doesn't protect working class Californians from rising gasoline prices. I stand with environmental justice groups who unanimously oppose this bill.”
- Important note: your Assembly staffer may tell you that the bill passed the Assembly in early June. That bill has been gutted and amended, so just tell the staffer that "that bill has been gutted and amended and is now the cap and trade bill."
- And if you’re represented by a Republican, you can just ask: “Are you going to vote for Jerry Brown’s cap and trade climate bill?”
Don't forget to email me, firstname.lastname@example.org, and let me know how it goes. We’re tracking legislators’ position on AB 398, so any response you get is very helpful information.
California 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!
On November 19, the California Democratic Party announced that it would refuse contributions from Big Oil. That's a big bold step for a party that had taken tens of thousands from Chevron and other fossil fuel companies polluting California's air, in the past - and a strong commitment to leading the nation away from a Trump presidency and toward a better future. Add your name to thank the party, to ask the next chair to keep the ban on fossil fuel contributions to the party, and to ask the Democratic National Committee and other state Democratic parties to join the ban!
To the California Democratic Party: Thank you for refusing Big Oil money!
One word explains why we’re endorsing Kamala Harris for US Senate in California: Exxon.Read more
Climate Hawks Vote — Scorecard
112th Congress (2011-2012)
- Feinstein (D) 48
- Boxer (D) 70 - among top 10% of Senators
113th Congress (2013-2014)
- Feinstein (D) 57
- Boxer (D) 84 - among top 10% of Senators
114th Congress (2015-2016 - through March 31, 2015 only; score is cumulative)
- Feinstein (D) 38
- Boxer (D) 56 - among top 10% of Senators
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