Hidden in a detailed California budget document released last week was a critical sentence that, if pursued, could mark a major shift in California climate policy.
“California can lead the way by showing what a true managed decline can look like, and we applaud Governor Newsom for his recognition of that imperative.”
Tomorrow tens of thousands of people are expected to march in San Francisco to demand that California Governor, Jerry Brown, take decisive action on climate change, including signalling an end to oil and gas drilling in the State.
Jerry Brown cannot warn of an apocalyptic threat of climate change and be a force for carbonization at the same time by carrying on drilling. He is running out of time to be a true climate leader. This really is Brown’s last chance.
If we want to stave off the very worst impacts of our climate crisis, we need to move as quickly as possible away from fossil fuels. That means cutting both our collective demand for oil, gas, and coal as well as reducing the supply of fossil fuels that helps to drive that demand.
The letter calls on Brown and the state “to become the first major fossil fuel producer to begin a managed and just transition off oil and gas production.”
Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Ask Governor Brown to Take “Moral Responsibility,” Pursue Bold Action to Phase Out Fossil Fuels
If Governor Brown is serious about marshaling a response to climate change that is adequate to the challenge, he must lead the managed transition off oil and gas production in California. That’s the call to action of a new report released by Oil Change International in partnership with 14 other environmental justice and climate groups.
As California Governor Jerry Brown prepares to host a global summit aimed at rallying bolder climate action, a new report out today details how the state can and must initiate a managed phase-out of its own oil production to fulfill its commitment to the Paris climate goals.
This new report details why California must chart a path off fossil fuel extraction to meet its commitment to the Paris Agreement climate goals.