Brian White

Brian White is a US Navy veteran and currently serves as the Policy Director in the office of Richmond Mayor Eduardo Martinez. Prior to his current position, Mr. White was a 29-year member of United Steelworkers and Oil, Chemical, and Atomic Workers unions, while working at the Chevron Refinery in Richmond, CA. His work at the refinery included operating some of the most complex and difficult units in the refinery. Mr. White also led a Union Safety program at the refinery for three years and trained plant operators on process procedures and regulatory requirements.

Julia May

Julia May is a Senior Scientist at Communities for a Better Environment (CBE), providing engineering analysis and regulatory policy development on oil refineries and other industrial pollution sources. She is deeply involved in planning the transition away from dependence on oil refineries toward clean energy replacements to protect communities and the planet from climate and health destruction. For the last 35 years, she has provided technical support for CBE and other Environmental Justice organizations, demystifying refinery operations, their health-harming pollution, and seeking alternatives. She helped develop best-in-nation oil refinery regulations to prevent accidents and flaring and to minimize continuous emissions from refinery storage tanks, ships, boilers, heaters, and more.

Sponsored by The Climate Center

SB 59 (Skinner) Bidirectional Electric Vehicle Charging

Status: Active
Year: 2024

SB 59 — introduced by Senator Nancy Skinner and sponsored by The Climate Center, Union of Concerned Scientists, and NUVVE — aims to unlock the potential for California’s millions of electric vehicles to shore up the electric grid, power homes during outages, and lower energy bills for Californians. The bill would authorize the California Air … Read more

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How California is preparing for more heat waves

Vue Her on his farm in Singer, California, outside of Fresno. Photo by U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Californians face growing risks from extreme heat thanks to the climate crisis.  Worldwide, we’ve experienced record-breaking temperatures for 12 consecutive months — a trend that comes with grave consequences. In June of 2021, a heat wave killed nearly 900 people in the Pacific Northwest. In the summer of 2022, more than 60,000 people died in … Read more

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California lawmakers vote to approve billions in cuts to climate programs

System Change Not Climate Change

SACRAMENTO — Moments ago, the California legislature passed AB 107, the Budget Act of 2024. As expected following Governor Newsom’s May revise, this budget includes billions in cuts and deferrals to climate spending, impacting programs for wildfire resilience, distributed clean energy, sustainable agriculture, and more. In response, The Climate Center’s Chief Operating Officer Barry Vesser … Read more

Supported by The Climate Center

SB 1374 (Becker) Rooftop solar for apartment buildings, schools, and farms

Status: Active
Year: 2024

In order to meet our climate goals, California will need to dramatically increase the amount of installed renewable energy, including substantially increasing the amount of rooftop solar. In November of 2023, the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) issued a decision that makes it much harder for schools, farms, and rental housing to receive economic benefits … Read more

Supported by The Climate Center

AB 1866 (Hart) Accelerating the closure of idle oil wells

Status: Active
Year: 2024

AB 1866 will protect Californians from the growing impacts of dangerous oil and gas wells across the state by requiring oil companies to accelerate the plugging and clean up of their idle wells. California’s 40,000 idle oil and gas wells pose a serious threat to our safety, health, environment, and climate. Frontline communities suffer disproportionately … Read more

Supported by The Climate Center

SB 1497 (Menjivar) Polluters Pay Climate Cost Recovery Act

Status: Inactive
Year: 2024

SB 1497 establishes a program in California’s Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) that will assess fees on the state’s largest fossil fuel polluters to ensure that they pay their fair share of the damage they have caused California and its climate. Fossil fuel corporations rake in record profits year after year while communities of concern across … Read more

Supported by The Climate Center

SB 1433 (Limón) Gravity-Based Energy Storage Well Pilot Program

Status: Active
Year: 2024

SB 1433 would establish the Gravity-Based Energy Storage Well Pilot Program to first clean up, and then convert idle wells for use as gravity-based energy storage wells to store solar and wind energy and deliver clean electricity when needed. The pilot program would assess the efficacy and safety of gravity-based energy storage wells through 2034 … Read more