Climate justice advocates expressed outrage at California state oil regulator CalGEM over the recent approval of hundreds of oil and gas rework permits to continue dangerous oil operations within 3,200 feet of communities.
“Gov. Newsom has made key strides, and it’s exciting to see California joining BOGA’s second tier — but to align with science and justice, he must announce a full ban on new oil and gas permits,” said Rees.
“Gov. Newsom must step up his game — there is *no* safe distance at which oil and gas drilling is acceptable for the climate. California must ban all new oil and gas permits and phase out existing drilling with a just transition,” said Rees.
“Oil and gas executives won’t let neighborhood oil drilling end without a fight — but we’ll keep fighting for working people until every person’s right to clean air in every neighborhood is guaranteed,” said Neena Mohan.
“California is the highest-producing jurisdiction in the world so far to commit to a phase-out of oil extraction, and other major producers need to join the state in committing to move beyond oil and gas,” said Collin Rees of Oil Change International.
The Last Chance Alliance coalition pointed out that while Newsom’s announcement was commendable on some accounts, its failure to commit to a phase-out of oil production and a clear just transition policy to support workers and communities makes the order falls short.
Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group announced it will “in principle” not finance any new coal power projects, while advocates in California called on the bank to apply those restrictions to all new coal infrastructure and drop plans to finance a widely opposed coal export terminal.
Today, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced new steps to restrict dangerous drilling practices and improve protections for communities close to oil and gas extraction.
The Californian fires are a “tipping point” for many residents as they realize that life will never be the same. They must also be the tipping point for clear concise action by politicians to force the oil industry to begin ramping down their operations now. There can be no more excuses.
A new study released in Nature Communications argues that even under a moderate emissions scenario, projected sea levels are high enough to threaten the homes of nearly 150 million people by 2050.