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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.
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.”
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.
April 10, 2021
“Right now we are in the midst of the worst health and economic crisis of our lives. It is clear that there is a path to recovery of both crises and as leaders we must take bold steps. The recent Chevron spill in San Francisco Bay is evidence we can’t trust the safety measures of the industry. Numerous studies have shown that pollution from the antiquated fossil fuel industry is taking millions of lives every year as well as destroying our only home,” said Carmen Ramirez, Supervisor, Ventura County, District 5, Elected Officials to Protect America-CA Leadership Council.
The consequences of confined oil refinement has once again resulted in tragic outcomes, with up to 750 gallons of low sulfur diesel fuel mixed with water spilling from the Chevron Richmond refinery into the San Francisco Bay, as Supervisor Ramirez referenced.
April 8, 2021
“Once again, failing infrastructure in the largest urban oil field in the US is harming our communities. We voted to shut it down in Culver City. I hope Los Angeles will follow suit to stop the climate destruction and pollution,” said Meghan Sahli-Wells, former Culver City Mayor, Elected Officials to Protect America – California Leadership Council member.
Last year, Culver City council voted to phase out production and fully remediate the site in their portion of the Field within the next five years. Their vote included important direction to protect both workers and communities as part of the just transition away from neighborhood oil drilling.
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