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California’s new five-year climate plan relies on fantasy levels of engineered carbon removal — The Climate Center response

It's Time to Cut Carbon

SAN FRANCISCO — Moments ago, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) released its final Scoping Plan, the state’s five-year roadmap for achieving its climate goals. After months of consultation with climate experts and advocates, as well as intervention from Governor Newsom, the plan reflects some significant improvements. These include a commitment to avoid the buildout … Read more

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It’s time for a windfall profits cap on greedy oil corporations

Cap Big Oil Windfall Profits - Save Money, Save Democracy

Governor Newsom is right: “Big Oil is fleecing you.” In California, the oil industry’s greed knows no bounds. California refiners have used their control of the market to rip us off at the pump and rake in massive profits, far beyond prior years. Governor Newsom is pushing to cap oil refiners’ windfall profits and send … Read more

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Tell Governor Newsom to stop issuing permits for new oil and gas drilling

Neighborhood oil drilling in California

On September 16, 2022, Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 1137 into law. The law protects public health and safety by banning new oil and gas wells within 3,200 feet of homes, schools, hospitals, and other sensitive sites. This law was scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2023 — but the oil and gas … Read more

The Real Impact of the Climate Crisis – Stories from the Frontlines

Neighborhood Oil Drilling Near School

This is the first webinar in the Envisioning a Climate-Safe California: Stories and Solutions series. As the consequences of inaction begin to mount, the human impacts of the climate crisis become more clear. We must ground ourselves in how our policymaking helps — or harms — people and communities as we forge the path toward … Read more

A new website for The Climate Center, built with you in mind

To change everything, it takes everyone

‘To change everything, it takes everyone.’ I remember hearing and seeing this phrase everywhere during the first half of my career in climate advocacy, starting with the People’s Climate March in 2014.  Nearly a decade later, it’s still true. Big, systemic changes require people power. But for all we know about what needs to be … Read more

California Climate Policy Summit 2022

Sacramento State University
Ellie Cohen CA Climate Policy Summit

Accelerating action for a climate-safe future Scientists have repeatedly warned that California must act quickly to address the climate crisis or face more devastating fires, floods, heat waves, and drought. If we act now, we can secure clean air, abundant water, food security, and social equity. Our state has an opportunity to lead the world … Read more

Webinar: Climate Justice – The California reality and what you can do

Our guests presented on the health, economic and other consequences of our fossil fuel economy on lower-income communities and people of color, current legislative efforts, including AB 345, to reduce the disproportionate impacts on these frontline communities, and what actions we can take to secure an equitable, healthy and vibrant Climate-Safe California. Presentations: Katie Valenzuela slides (PDF) … Read more

Webinar: Learning About a Just Transition

Presented in Partnership with Labor Network for Sustainability This webinar will explore lessons from past economic transitions and offer recommendations for how to approach the transition away from fossil fuel production and toward a clean energy economy. We will hear from co-authors of Workers and Communities in Transition, a report from the Just Transition Listening Project, and representatives … Read more

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Tell the California Air Resources Board: 2045 is too late

It's Time to Cut Carbon

Update November 16, 2022: The California Air Resources Board (CARB) released its final Scoping Plan, the state’s five-year roadmap for achieving its climate goals. After months of consultation with climate experts and advocates, as well as intervention from Governor Newsom, the plan reflects some significant improvements. These include a commitment to avoid the buildout of … Read more

Webinar: The Human and Economic Costs of Climate Inaction

This webinar is the first in The Climate Center’s Investing in Climate Action for Jobs, Health, and Equity webinar series. Achieving a climate-safe future for California will require massive investments, both public and private, in all sectors of the economy. But people across the state are already paying a heavy price for our tepid approach to … Read more