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Thanks to all who took the time to call! AB 197 was approved earlier today by a vote of 44-28 and now goes to Gov. Brown's desk for his signature! This is great news!
After Intense Debate, Assembly Approves Climate Legislation
Aimed at Pollution Reduction, Increasing Oversight
Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) (Rich Pedroncelli/Associated Press)
The Assembly approved a second measure on climate change Wednesday after a contentious debate about the benefits of environmental regulations and whether the provisions go far enough to increase legislative oversight of state regulators.
Assembly Bill 197 now goes to Gov. Jerry Brown for his signature. A related measure that would extend the state's target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, Senate Bill 32, is awaiting another vote in the Senate after being approved by the Assembly on Tuesday, August 30th.
Assembly Bill 197 reached the floor after being approved earlier in the day by a committee. Because it would direct regulators to prioritize direct emission reductions from sources such as refineries, some business groups are concerned it would undermine the cap-and-trade program, a charge rejected by supporters.
The discussion on the floor reflected questions about whether the benefits of environmental regulations were being felt equally around the state. “How many Teslas are in your district? Not many of them in mine," Assemblywoman Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) said.
Some Democrats spoke out against the legislation, including Assemblywoman Cheryl R. Brown (D-San Bernardino). She said the proposal does not include adequate oversight of state regulators, an ongoing issue for climate legislation. “I do not see equity, transparency and accountability," Brown said.
Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) disagreed, saying he thought there would be significant progress. “This is a very consequential bill, enlarging the footprint of the Legislature in this area," he said.
Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella), the author of the bill, described it as an important step forward for lawmakers. “Doing nothing keeps us in the same position, with our hands tied behind our back," he said.
Divesting Fossil Fuels from Your Portfolio
A Forum for Individual Investors
- Considering eliminating fossil fuels from your portfolio? Since burning any more than 20 percent of known reserves will destroy Earth's habitable climate, carbon fuels will soon be seen as "stranded assets" — and wise investors are moving out of such risky investments.
- Seeking a concrete way to expedite the transition away from fossil fuels? You can align your investments with your values and add your voice to the rapidly growing global divestment movement.
Join us for a forum about fossil-free investing
- Pose your questions to Christian Ortez, Director of LPL Financial's Blackmont Wealth Management Group.
- Explore Internet resources for individuals and financial managers: fossilfreefunds.org, clean200org, and divestinvest.org.
- Sandy Emerson from Fossil Free California will introduce key topics for the discussion with Christian Ortez.
Thursday, September 15
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto
505 E Charleston Rd.
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Sunshine Alliance VTA Petition - LINK
This past January, 350 Silicon Valley's Partnerships Team helped organize the Sunshine Climate Action Alliance, a group of now 17 Santa Clara County and San Mateo County climate, environmental, political and faith and social justice organizations. The purpose of the Alliance is to bring together the combined power of many organizations with a concern for the direction and pace of climate change.
Until the Alliance has it's own website, 350 Silicon Valley is posting the Alliance's requests for action. The Alliance's first joint project is to add a much needed climate voice to the Valley Transportation Authority's discussions on how to approach the transportation needs of the Silicon Valley. There's a lot of the VTA plans that we support, yet they still want to expand highways and expressways and that, as studies have shown, leads to more cars, more traffic and more CO2 being emitted.
Please sign the Sunshine Alliance "Climate Message to the VTA" petition and forward it to friends, work associates, and family. We'd like to get hundreds of signers by April 20th. (The VTA Board of Directors meets on April 22nd.) Link to petition: http://www.350siliconvalley.org/sunshine_vta_petition
"What Can You Do About Climate Change?"An excellent article by 350SV member David Coale:
As our electricity grid gets cleaner and cleaner with California’s Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) increasing the percentages of renewables to 50% by 20301 and with many communities opting for Community Choice Energy where this will happen even sooner and at a lower price, the switch to electric energy to do our bidding is getting more attention.
With a cleaner energy source coming on-line, our next easiest opportunity to address climate change is to switch to using this clean energy for as much as possible as we go about our daily lives. With the recent advances in technology, switching to electricity to meet our daily needs is now more available than ever before and cost effective as well. READ MORE: LINK
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Bidder 70 Showing inspires 350 Silicon Valley members to action.
San Jose's Rose Garden Library was the site of a recent showing of the inspirational film Bidder 70, which tells the story of activist Tim DeChristopher and his act of civil disobedience in disrupting an illegal land auction outside a national park, and our troubling legal system which denied Tim the right to even discuss his motivations before the jury. The event featured special Guest Speakers, Andrew Bear (and expert on Non-Violent Civil Disobedience) and RL Miller (Chair of CA Democratic Environmental Caucus), and an engaging discussion after the movie!
350 Silicon Valley Annual Meeting, on 2.27.16, was inspiring and fun!
Photos taken by 350SV activist and talented photographer, Bijan Mottahedeh
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