California Climate Emergency

California has a climate problem, and as usual, it’s hitting low income and Black, Indigenous, and communities of color the hardest. Despite the state’s reputation as a climate leader, California is among the largest oil producers in the United States. While Governor Newsom took some promising first steps last November toward a fossil fuel phaseout, since then, he’s actually been moving backward. This year, he ended a 9-month pause on new fracking permits and has issued 48 new fracking permits since the start of the pandemic. Not to mention, permitting for new oil and gas wells has actually increased 190% in the first half of 2020, compared to the same period last year. In the face of dangerous droughts, record-breaking heat waves, and the state’s largest wildfire season in recorded history, Governor Newsom must take steps forward on climate, not backward!

Governor Newsom recently announced a commitment to transition to zero-emissions vehicles by 2035. But it’s not enough to simply cut oil consumption if the state ignores the other half of the equation: fossil fuel extraction! Governor Newsom must address this climate and public health emergency: by halting all new oil and gas permits immediately, adopting a 2,500 foot public health and safety buffer for communities living near drilling, and beginning the phase out of oil and gas extraction and a just transition for communities and workers impacted by the fossil fuel industry.

California has the opportunity to send a political signal to other leaders about what is possible — both in the US and globally. Implementing a fossil fuel phase-out with a robust just transition program in one of the largest oil-producing states and 5th largest world economy can provide both a proof of concept for what is possible as well as create political momentum for a broader fossil fuel phase-out. That’s why we are joining with the Last Chance Alliance in calling on California’s Governor Newsom to do the following: 

STOP new fossil fuel projects

Announce the end of new permitting for oil and gas extraction, fossil fuel infrastructure, or petrochemical projects in California.

DROP existing production

Set a national and global precedent by becoming the first oil-producing state to announce a phase-out of existing production in line with the Paris climate goals, with a just and equitable transition that protects workers, communities, and economies.

ROLL out setback limits

Begin the fossil fuel phaseout in places that are currently suffering most from the impacts of fossil fuel extraction — by creating a 2500-foot health and safety buffer zone between fossil-fuel infrastructure and homes, schools, and other sensitive sites.

Call on Governor Newsom to show real climate leadership to California, the US, and the world.

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Jane Fonda talks with environmental lawyer Kassie Siegel about California’s dirty secret: its massive oil production. They discuss how the oil industry undercuts California’s progress on climate change and poisons the air we breathe and the water we drink—and what Gov. Gavin Newsom needs to do to stop the pollution.

Text JANE to 877-877 to take action with Jane Fonda & Greenpeace USA and receive updates for virtual Fire Drill Fridays!

South Los Angeles Resident and STAND-LA organizer Don Martin lives 300 feet from an oil and gas site owned by Sentinel Peak Resources. In February 2020, he addressed a crowd during a Fire Drill Friday rally to share his story of living on the frontlines of fossil fuel extraction in California and the very real toll it’s taken on his loved ones.

California lawmakers are considering a state bill, AB 345, that would require the state to enact a public health and safety buffer zone from fossil fuel extraction sites and the communities they impact. Read the powerful joint opinion piece that Don authored with Jane Fonda, calling on California lawmakers to say NO to neighborhood drilling and say #YESonAB345.

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