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No more drilling where we’re living

At the end of June, the California Independent Petroleum Association (CIPA) withdrew its referendum to repeal SB 1137, a law requiring a 3,200-foot health and safety setback zone between toxic oil drilling and homes, schools, and other sensitive sites. California has more than 100,000 unplugged oil and gas wells and nearly one-third of them are … Read more

Supported by The Climate Center

AB 2535 (Bonta) Invest in Clean Air Act

Status: Held in Committee
Year: 2024

AB 2535 would modernize the Trade Corridor Enhancement Program (TCEP) to prioritize investment in electric vehicle charging and infrastructure, and zero-emissions truck infrastructure. This bill would also put environmental safeguards in place for communities most burdened by pollution along trade corridors. Low-income and underserved communities living next to trade corridors suffer disproportionately from transportation-related air … Read more

Mia Bonta

Mia Bonta was elected to serve California’s 18th Assembly District in a special election on August 31, 2021. The 18thAssembly District encompasses the East Bay area of Northern California. It includes a large portion of the City of Oakland and the cities of Emeryville and Alameda. Assemblymember Bonta’s priority is to make California a more affordable, inclusive, and equitable home for all.

Business Network Event: The Grid for the Future is Decentralized, Reliable, and Affordable

SOMO Village, 1400 Valley House Dr, Rohnert Park, CA 94928

The key to building an affordable, resilient, and reliable energy system is increasing the use of distributed energy resources — things like rooftop solar, battery storage, and technologies that manage energy demand. California’s electricity rates are through the roof, creating an affordability crisis at the same time that extreme weather is hammering communities across the … Read more

Diane Papan

Diane Papan was first elected to the California State Assembly in November 2022. She represents the 21st Assembly District, which includes the entire Bayside of San Mateo County from Brisbane to East Palo Alto.

In the Assembly, Papan serves as Chair of the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks & Wildlife and serves on the Committees on Transportation and Governmental Organization & Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials.

Supported by The Climate Center

AB 1359 (Papan) Accelerating Geothermal Power

Status: Active
Year: 2024
Geothermal energy plant. Photo by Canva.

Geothermal power has significant potential to help California meet its climate goals, especially on cloudy days, at night, and in winter when other renewables like solar and wind may be unavailable. Right now, geothermal energy projects are facing delays caused by an outdated provision of state law that threatens to derail geothermal development in California … Read more

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Testimony: Californians deserve a chance to vote for the climate this November

People's Climate March in New York City. Photo by @5byseven.

On July 3, 2024, the California legislature passed SB 867 to put a $10 billion bond to fund climate solutions before voters on the November ballot. To counter massive funding cuts to state climate programs, the bond will provide sustained investment in clean drinking water, wildfire preparedness, sustainable agriculture, and more. The following expert testimony … Read more

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Testimony: Making electricity more affordable and reliable using EVs

Person charging EV

On July 1, 2024, SB 59 passed out of the Assembly Utilities and Energy Committee by a vote of 12-3. Introduced by Senator Nancy Skinner and sponsored by The Climate Center, SB 59 aims to unlock the potential for California’s millions of electric vehicles to shore up the electric grid, power homes during outages, and … Read more

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What do EVs have to do with wildfires?

For more than two weeks in June, fire crews battled more than 20 fires across California, including the 15,000-acre Post fire in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Experts are warning Californians to brace for a very active wildfire season. A wet winter that produced more vegetation than usual and record-breaking early heatwaves are already fueling … Read more

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State and federal funding available to build resilience for California communities

Frontline, working-class communities across California endure greater harm from climate-fueled extreme weather events than wealthier communities. For example, they typically have fewer trees providing shade during heat waves and fewer resources to evacuate in the event of extreme rain or flooding. State and federal funds are crucial for enhancing preparedness, response, and resilience in frontline … Read more