Carlos Suarez

Carlos Suarez has worked for the Natural Resources Conservation Service for more than 30 years. He began his career with NRCS in the summer of 1990 as a student trainee in Puerto Rico. Mr. Suarez has extensive experience serving in a number of technical and leadership positions, domestically and internationally, including serving as State Conservationist in California and in Florida, Deputy State Conservationist in Nebraska and California, Assistant State Conservationist for Field Operations in Wisconsin, Farm Bill Program Manager in Indiana, and Soil Conservationist and District Conservationist in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Mr. Suarez also temporarily held two US Department of Agriculture positions: Acting Director for the Pacific Islands Area and the Acting Director for the Stewardship and Community Development Division at USDA Headquarters.

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Tell Governor Newsom to veto SB 842 and hold Big Oil accountable for price gouging

Last Chance Alliance activists in support of a price gouging penalty on greedy oil corporations, which SB 842 would undermine if signed. Photo: Oil and Gas Action Network

Governor Newsom is standing up to Big Oil with the recent lawsuit against Shell, BP, ConocoPhillips, Chevron, ExxonMobil, and the American Petroleum Institute for their decades of climate deceit. His action to hold oil companies accountable is encouraging — now he must further his climate leadership by vetoing SB 842. SB 842 will undermine the … Read more

VIP Lunch: How We Win on Climate Against Big Oil

Sunrun HQ, 225 Bush Street, San Francisco

California just announced a lawsuit against five major oil corporations for their decades of deception and billions of dollars in damages to California communities. Join us for an intimate conversation with The Climate Center CEO Ellie Cohen, Sunrun CEO Mary Powell, and California State Senators Nancy Skinner and Scott Wiener (invited) to learn how we … Read more

Mary Powell

Mary has served as chief executive officer of Sunrun, a home solar, battery storage, and energy services company, since August 2021. In 2018, Mary joined Sunrun’s Board of Directors, where she continues to serve as a member of the board. From 2008 to 2019, Mary served as the president and chief executive officer of Green Mountain Power Corporation, an electric services company that serves 75 percent of the State of Vermont’s residential and business customers. At GMP, Mary successfully executed strategies to provide low-carbon, low-cost and highly reliable power to Vermonters. Mary is nationally recognized for her work disrupting the energy sector and has received numerous industry awards, including being named Utility Dive’s 2019 Executive of the Year and one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business in 2016.

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

Neighborhood oil drilling in California

Governor Newsom is taking on Big Oil in a big way. Recently, he announced that California is suing five of the largest oil corporations in the world — Exxon, Shell, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, and BP — as well as the American Petroleum Institute, for their decades of climate deception. This lawsuit is huge not only because … Read more

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California launches precedent-setting lawsuit against Big Oil – The Climate Center response

Chevron is one of five oil corporations named alongside the American Petroleum Institute in California's landmark new climate case.

Update September 17, 2023: Speaking at a panel discussion on climate change in New York City on Sunday, Governor Newsom indicated that he will sign SB 253 (Wiener) and SB 261 (Stern), both of which are focused on corporate climate accountability. ### SACRAMENTO — Today, before thousands of people prepare to march in both New … Read more

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California legislative session ends with wins for corporate accountability, but more climate ambition is needed

Capitol Building in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO — Last night, the 2023 California legislative session came to a close. Critical pieces of climate legislation now awaiting Governor Newsom’s signature include: “In a year defined by record-breaking climate disasters across the globe, all eyes have been on California,” said Nicole Rivera, Government Affairs Director for The Climate Center. “State lawmakers stepped up … Read more

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Urge Governor Newsom to lead on climate and sign SB 253, SB 261, and AB 1167 into law

End Fossil Fuels March in NYC, September 17, 2023. Photo: Survival Media Agency

Governor Newsom is making big moves on climate. We’re grateful for his announcement over the weekend that the state is suing Big Oil for their decades of deceit and climate destruction. But he can do even more to secure California as a climate leader today. Three critical pieces of climate legislation — SB 253, SB … Read more

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AB 126 (Reyes) Clean Transportation Funding

Status: Active
Year: 2023

Existing law, until January 1, 2024, increases the smog abatement fee on certain vehicles by a specified amount and requires the revenues generated by the increase to be deposited in the Air Quality Improvement Fund and the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Fund. Existing law, until January 1, 2024, increases vehicle registration fees … Read more

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For the first time, United Nations report calls for phasing out fossil fuels

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

On September 8, 2023, the United Nations released its first “stocktake” report on progress toward the goals of the 2015 Paris climate agreement. Those goals are to stay below 2 degrees Celsius of warming and strive to stay below 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming above pre-industrial levels.  The report states: “The first [stocktake] is taking … Read more