Big Oil is targeting California

Big Oil wants to use millions of gallons of our water, lace them with toxic chemicals, and frack for oil from Sacramento to L.A. Talk about a bad idea. If we let oil companies unleash this hugely controversial drilling process, we’ll be in for an environmental nightmare.

A huge drain on our water supply

On the heels of California’s worst drought in recorded history, the last thing we should do is let water-intensive fracking spread across the state.

According to the U.S. Energy Administration, oil companies could drill as many as 25,000 fracking wells in our state—each one using about 10 times more water than a typical California family in one year.

Fracking also laces water with known cancer-causing chemicals, emits global warming pollution, and turns open space into industrial zones. We need to come together right now to ban fracking.

Time is running out

Your activism and our advocacy are a powerful combination. Gov. Jerry Brown needs to take a stand on this, but he’s leaning the wrong way.

That’s why we’ve launched a major grassroots campaign, and to kick it off, we need to mobilize the public behind a complete ban on fracking in California before it’s too late.

Together, we can ban fracking in California

Our staff have been knocking on doors across the state to educate Californians about what’s at stake. We’re also testifying in Sacramento, educating lawmakers, and shining a spotlight in the media on the need to ban fracking in California. But the real key to winning this fight is you.

Grassroots opposition has forced New York’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo to reconsider his support for fracking in his state. We need to build the same kind of opposition here in California to show Gov. Brown that he should continue his environmental legacy and not sacrifice our environment to enrich the oil industry.

 

Issue updates

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California Environmentalists and Health Groups Unite, Call on Gov. Brown to Halt Fracking | Dan Jacobson

The California environmental movement today declared its unanimity in calling on Gov. Jerry Brown to halt fracking in the state. Environmental leaders sent a letter signed by more than 70 environmental and health organizations to the governor urging him to be a true climate leader and place a moratorium on dangerous and extreme oil extraction processes. The letter’s signatories include national organizations such as the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Sierra Club, Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment and 350.org, as well as statewide groups including the California Nurses Association and Californians Against Fracking, a coalition of about 200 organizations.

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News Release | Environment California Research & Policy Center

New Report: Electric Vehicles Are Putting the Brakes on Pollution

Today, Environment California Research & Policy Center was joined at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland by Oakland City Councilmember Dan Kalb, doctors, environmental justice advocates and transportation experts to release a new report “Driving Cleaner: More Electric Vehicles Mean Less Pollution.”

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News Release | Environment California

Assembly Committee Recommends Income Test for Electric Vehicle Rebates

An influential legislative committee weighed in with support for the Charge Ahead California Initiative (SB 1275) late Monday, bringing the state closer to adopting a goal of one million electric vehicles in ten years, and reinforcing provisions that guarantee that low- and middle-income Californians are full participants in The Golden State’s clean vehicle future. 

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Report | Environment California Research & Policy Center

Driving Cleaner

America’s dependence on gasoline as a transportation fuel worsens global warming and threatens public health. Increasing the use of electric vehicles – especially those powered by clean, renewable sources of electricity – can protect the climate and help America get off oil.

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Bill would make permits for solar projects easier

By standardizing the solar permitting system, more homeowners in the South Bay and California will be able to invest in solar power, creating a brighter future for all of us.

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