At stake: our water, our land, our air

Oil companies want to inject chemical-laced water deep into the ground, fracture subterranean rock, and create millions of gallons of toxic wastewater. Thousands of these fracking wells would use up our already scarce water, foul our already polluted air, risk contamination of our drinking water and farmland, and emit methane, a potent global warming pollutant.

  • Fracking uses toxic chemicals and generates polluted waste water. According to a Congressional study, 13 different cancer-causing chemicals were found in the fracking fluids used by oil and gas companies between 2005 and 2009. In addition, California oil wells return five gallons of “produced water,” often laced with contaminants such as boron, ammonia and organic compounds, for every barrel of oil.
  • Fracking threatens precious natural areas. Oil companies have already fracked wells adjacent to Los Padres National Forest and off the coast of Ventura County. Expanded fracking in the Monterey Shale could take place near Channel Islands National Park, Chino Hills State Park in Orange County, Gaviota State Park in Santa Barbara County, and Point Mugu State Park in Ventura County – threatening visitors’ ability to enjoy those natural treasures.
  • Fracking will bring new threats to our air. Air sampling near fracking sites in Texas and California has detected concentrations of hazardous air pollutants high enough to make people sick. Smog and soot pollution from heavy-duty trucks and other equipment also contribute to local and regional air pollution problems.

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. Cuomo to reconsider his support for fracking in his state. We need to build the same kind of opposition here in California to convince Gov. Brown that we should not, and will not, sacrifice our environment to enrich the oil industry.

Issue updates

News Release | Environment California Research & Policy Center

New Report Ranks Top U.S. Cities for Installed Solar – California Cities Lead the Way

Sacramento – Today, Environment California Research & Policy Center released a new report: “Shining Cities:  At the Forefront of America’s Solar Energy Revolution.”  The report ranks Los Angeles  #1 among major cities nationwide for the amount of installed solar power, and provides a first-of-its-kind comparative look at the growth of solar in major American cities.  Closely following Los Angeles is San Diego in the 2nd spot, San Jose - 4th,  San Francisco - 9th and Sacramento - 12th (Top 20 list below).

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New Report: San Diego Ranks 2nd Nationally Among Major Cities for Installed Solar

San Diego – Today, Environment California Research & Policy Center was joined at the solarized Mission Bay Aquatic Center by San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and local renewable energy advocates and industry leaders to release a new report: “Shining Cities:  At the Forefront of America’s Solar Energy Revolution.” The report ranks San Diego second in the nation for the amount of solar installed and fourth for per capita solar installations, and provides a first-of-its-kind comparative look at the growth of solar in major American cities (see Top 20 list below).

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New Report: San Jose Ranks 4th Among Major U.S. Cities for Installed Solar

San Jose – Today, Environment California Research & Policy Center was joined at the Tech Museum of Innovation by San Jose Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen, the California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA) and local renewable energy advocates to release a new report: “Shining Cities:  At the Forefront of America’s Solar Energy Revolution.”  The report ranks San Jose fourth in the nation for the amount of solar installed and second for per capita solar installations, and provides a first-of-its-kind comparative look at the growth of solar in major American cities (Top 20 list below). 

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Statement on Behalf of the Los Angeles Clean Energy Coalition, regarding Mayor Garcetti’s State of the City

“LA is proving that by setting—and achieving—ambitious goals, the city can take critical steps towards a clean energy future,” said Michelle Kinman, clean energy advocate at Environment California. “Even so, Los Angeles has barely scratched the surface of its potential to capture this pollution-free energy source.  By committing to bold goals and expanding on the smart policies we’ve adopted, we can take solar to the next level and ensure that Los Angeles remains a leader on the national and international stages.”

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Shining Cities

Solar power is on the rise across America—increasing 200-fold in the United States since 2002—and major cities are helping to lead this clean energy revolution. Shining Cities: At the Forefront of America’s Solar Energy Revolution shows that cities from every region of the U.S. are driving solar development with strong public policies – reaping important benefits for the environment, public health, and the economy. By building local solar power, cities can keep more of their energy budget at home and create good local jobs.

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