Elected Officials to Protect California

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October 4, 2021

“This oil spill constitutes one of the most devastating situations that our community has dealt with in decades,” Huntington Beach Mayor Pro Tem Kim Carr said during a news conference on Sunday. 

An EOPA California letter signed by over 320 elected officials from across California to the governor identified major steps he could take to mitigate the health risks that have led to premature deaths because of toxins and pollutants associated with fossil fuel extraction and processing. In the letter, EOPA California requests Governor Newsom stop new fossil fuel permits, phase out fossil fuels immediately, and institute 2,500-foot buffers between drill operations and community sites, while ensuring a just and realistic transition for workers.

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September 23, 2021

With Gov. Newsom’s position secure, elected officials across the state who supported him say that this is the critical time for a bold course of action to mitigate the apocalyptic fires and drought fueled by human-caused climate crises. 

During the press conference, Gov. Newsom announced his “California Comeback Plan” that invests $15 billion to mitigate the climate crisis in multiple ways. However, none of them include accelerating the phase-out of fossil fuel extraction and production. At the press conference, the elected officials addressed Newsom’s announcement, as well.

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June 29, 2021

A predicted heat wave will hit for the 4th of July weekend, while 95 percent of the state is experiencing a severe drought. Governor Newsom has already declared a drought emergency in 41 of California’s 58 counties. Daily records of triple digit temperatures are being made. All this adds sets the stage for another season of devastating fires, because of the human made climate crisis. The stress on the grid might force rolling blackouts.

Water access in the Golden State is under threat of becoming more limited for everyday use like drinking, sanitation, and agricultural needs. Fields will have to be fallowed, freshwater ecosystems are facing catastrophe, and communities are bracing for water shortages. The current drought has outpaced the state’s devastating 2012-16 drought which left some residents having to rely on water trucks to bring in water in Kern County.

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June 21, 2021

Water access in the Golden State is under threat of becoming more limited for everyday use like drinking, sanitation, and agricultural needs. Yet the state allows oil and gas operations to rob Californians of this precious resource.

The process steals away up to 9.6 million gallons of water per well from farming and drinking sources that are at risk in arid states, like California, especially during drought.

“Culver City has become an example for other municipalities to follow as they transition away from fossil fuels and embrace a clean energy economy,” said Culver City Vice Mayor Daniel Lee, Air Force/CA Air National Guard Veteran. “It has taken the dedication and determination of community leaders who worked tirelessly to ensure oil industry workers would have a just transition and that we all can breathe cleaner air and raise our children in a healthy city.”

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April 27, 2021

On April 23, 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom announced, “The climate crisis is real, and we continue to see the signs every day. As we move to swiftly decarbonize our transportation sector and create a healthier future for our children, I’ve made it clear I don’t see a role for fracking in that future and similarly, believe that California needs to move beyond oil.”

“The governor has listed 2045 as the date oil will be phased out. In just ten years, 2031, over 340,000 premature yet preventable deaths will have occurred. That’s totally unacceptable. Families already suffer disproportionate illnesses like cancer, asthma, and other respiratory conditions. Children wake up in the night screaming from nosebleeds and find they’re short of breath,” said Kern County, Firebaugh Councilmember Felipe Perez.

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April 23, 2021

Today, Governor Gavin Newsom announced, “The climate crisis is real, and we continue to see the signs every day. As we move to swiftly decarbonize our transportation sector and create a healthier future for our children, I’ve made it clear I don’t see a role for fracking in that future and similarly, believe that California needs to move beyond oil.” 

In response, Dominic Frongillo, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Elected Officials to Protect America said:

“With today’s historic announcement, we look forward to working with the Governor to protect Californians and lead the world in achieving a swift, equitable end to oil and gas production. Phasing out fracking is a major first step, but there are many others that need to happen to match the challenge our President has issued to world leaders. California has an opportunity to lead.”

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April 13, 2021

Elected Officials to Protect America-California delivered a letter to Governor Newsom signed by over 315 elected officials, representing 49 counties. The letter asked him to establish the 2,500 foot safety setbacks, phase out oil and gas operations with a just transition for communities and workers, and to transition the state to a 100 percent clean, renewable energy.

SB 467 was crafted to meet California’s climate goals, and the Governor’s Executive Order to end the sale of new internal combustion vehicles by 2035. The level of production that is needed to continue was matched with the time necessary to transition the workforce and reduce fossil fuel demand.

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