California lawmakers urge Gov. Brown to stop new oil and gas projects

September 10, 2018

Statement from 240 California lawmakers:

We, the undersigned elected officials of California, are deeply concerned about the impacts of climate change and pollution caused by the extraction, processing, and burning of fossil fuels on the people we represent. We applaud your leadership in affirming our state’s commitment to the Paris Agreement and in supporting groundbreaking policies like the Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act. Yet, these measures have failed to address fossil fuel production, the core culprit of climate change and a major source of life-threatening pollution.

On behalf of our communities, and the estimated 5.4 million Californians who live within a mile of one or more oil and gas wells, we ask you to take the next step in bold climate leadership: phase out fossil fuel production in California by ending the issuance of permits for new fossil fuel projects, instituting a 2,500-foot public health setback for oil and gas facilities, and committing the state to 100% renewable energy.

The science is clear: these actions are imperative to address climate change and to protect public health. Production of oil and gas is a significant contributor to California’s greenhouse gas emissions, and is particularly polluting. Three-quarters of California’s oil production is as dirty as Canada’s tar sands crude for the climate.

We can no longer ignore the true costs of oil and gas production. The disastrous impacts of fossil fuel use, including air pollution, droughts, fires, mudslides, storms, and sea level rise, already cost Californians more than 12,000 lives and one hundred billion dollars annually. Yet the oil and gas industry contributes less than 0.3 percent of California’s GDP and a small number of jobs.

Scientific evidence demonstrates that exposure to toxic air contaminants and other pollution caused by oil and gas wells is a significant threat to public health, and disproportionately affects disadvantaged communities and people of color. According to the California Council on Science and Technology, the greatest health risks occur within one-half mile from active oil and gas development, yet nearly 8,500 active California oil and gas wells are within 2,500 feet of homes, schools, and hospitals. Unconscionably, California has no statewide policy limiting the proximity of oil and gas wells to homes and vulnerable areas like schools, parks, and hospitals.

The Global Climate Action Summit you are convening in San Francisco this September is an opportunity for California to lead and set our nation and the world on a crucial and pivotal path forward. Recognizing that we are in a climate emergency, as you have rightly done, and given the grave public health and environmental justice consequences of fossil fuel production in California, we respectfully urge you to make a new statewide commitment and lay out a plan for California to achieve the following:

End the issuance of permits for new fossil fuel projects, including permits for new oil and gas wells, infrastructure for fossil fuels, and petrochemical projects in California.
Design a swift, managed decline of all fossil fuel production, starting with a 2,500-foot human health buffer zone around all occupied structures, public parks and farms to protect public health and vulnerable communities.

Commit the state to 100% clean, renewable energy, starting with significant investments in disadvantaged communities and areas that are already suffering the most from the negative impacts of fossil fuel extraction.

This is the bold climate leadership we urgently need to protect our public health, communities, economies, and our future. Phasing out fossil fuel production is paramount to address climate change, and will make California healthier and cleaner while reducing water use. It will also create hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the state as we increase investment in renewable energy, clean vehicles and buildings, energy efficiency, public transportation, and other innovative solutions.

For a safe, healthy, and prosperous California, the time for transformative action is now.

Respectfully, more than 240 elected officials from 34 counties in California.

View full letter and signatories here.


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CC_Marauder

Non NIMBY Californians urge other Californias to stop lawmakers and that moondoggy LSD soggy brain Governor from hindering progress towards lower fuel prices.


Rambunctious

I guess if you are going to leave dead and dying trees in the forest and you don’t want fire roads its a wise thing to be worried about warming temps…


Jorge Estrada

Obesity neutral would have to come first. So today the fat people go to SF to talk about more exercise, more pot, more pizza, love the one your with and oh yes, some oil is ok.


Noodly Appendages

Each of the ‘important’ signatories to this letter need to lead by example. I propose that there is NO way a living human can actually be neutral to the planet and these climate-change advocates, knowing that they cause harm to the planet, surrender their life for the common good.


aye-caramba

IN OTHER WORDS- Lets import ALL of our oil and natural gas, especially from repressive middle eastern islamic fiefdoms which foment and fund extremist groups. We want to appear to care about the earth with these proclamations, but really still drive, use plastics and want life-saving technologies..


Snoid

Id like to see some real data on how these problems as cost Ca $100 Billion a year. More like when you create a imaginary problem you must also create a fix. The truth is climate change has not cost but fleeced the public out of $100 Billion a year by forcing them to buy things like new light bulbs, special fuels and oils,pay thousands in higher fees and permits to do anything. However I digress, indeed stop everything in Ca so it can be imported from third world countries that are light years behind the USA’s tech industry and could give a rats A about anything global. Perhaps a new factory in Ca to make more dust masks for China so they dont drown in their polluted air. 


Myself

Where do these nut jobs come from and how do they snow the voters into electing them.