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Scott Wiener introduces bill to ban California fracking by 2027

by J.D. Morris, The San Francisco Chronicle


Highlights

  • State Senators Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, and Sen. Monique Limon, D-Santa Barbara, introduced a bill that would halt the issuance of permits for fracking and phase out the practice by 2027 
  • Sen. Wiener explains why this bill is so important:

“The world is being strangled right now with climate change…We see it with the wildfires. We see it with the storms in Texas. … California needs to lead in transitioning away from fossil fuels and toward a 100% clean and renewable economy.”

  • The bill also works to instate buffer zones from oil wells and homes, schools, and other community spaces
  • Resistance will definitely stem from the fossil fuel sector
  • Just transition of labor for fossil fuel workers is addressed in this legislation. The bill seeks to create employment opportunities through sealing and cleaning oil well sites 

Fossil fuel divestment and the transition to 100% clean energy is critical to achieving The Climate Center’s goals under the Climate-Safe California Platform. The Climate Center’s guiding principles in achieving our goals include striving to close the climate gap and ensuring a just transition for workers.


Read More: https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Scott-Wiener-introduces-bill-to-ban-California-15955300.php

Proposed California law would fast-track environmentally sustainable transit

by Carolyn Said, The San Francisco Chronicle 


Highlights

  • Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) will unveil SB288, the Sustainable Transportation COVID-19 Recovery Act, which would streamline alternative transportation infrastructure projects
  • The proposed bill would fast track sustainable transportation projects that would typically take months or years for approval due to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
  • This bill would not provide any incentives or benefits to cars but would update transit stations, bus rapid transit lines, safer streets for biking and walking, repairs for bridge and transit storage, and new electric vehicle charging infrastructure
  • Labor and environmental groups are supportive of the bill, which as of now is receiving no opposition
  • Carl Guardino, CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, sees this bill as an opportunity to jump-start the economy post-pandemic and provide many other benefits to California:

“Fast-tracking some of California’s most sustainable transportation and complete streets projects would bring jobs, revive local economies, and result in improved safety, less pollution, reduced traffic and enhanced public health.” 


The Climate Center’s Climate-Safe California campaign calls for clean mobility solutions, including a phase-out of all gas-powered vehicles.


Read More: https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Proposed-California-law-would-fast-track-15339569.php