Seventy-three organizations sent a letter to Governor Newsom and the California Air Resources Board today criticizing its plan for reaching carbon neutrality, saying the plan is a setback for the state and the world.
Today, the California Air Resources Board released a draft of the state’s 2022 Climate Change Scoping Plan Update. Environmental justice groups slammed the draft plan, citing its failure to phase out fossil fuel production, lack of investment in clean transportation for low-income Californians, and dependence on failed carbon capture and other polluting technologies.
In a letter sent Wednesday, environmental justice groups called on CARB to set California on a path toward a full, coordinated phaseout of polluting oil refineries by 2045; scaled up investments in mass transit, electric car and truck programs for low-income Californians; and the elimination of climate policy dead-ends in the 2022 climate change scoping plan.
“Wilmington residents have lived with the dangerous health impacts of oil drilling for far too long. The Governor’s announcement regarding the CALGEM rulemaking shows us that the Newsom administration is listening to us,” said Wendy Miranda, Wilmington Community Member, CBE.
On Thursday, the California Environmental Justice Alliance (CEJA) and Voices in Solidarity against Oil in Neighborhoods (VISIÓN) urged lawmakers and the Newsom administration to treat the environmental health crisis caused by fossil fuels impacting working communities of color with the same urgency as the Governor’s response to this weekend’s oil spill that occurred off the coast of southern California.
August 5, 2021For Immediate Release Contact: Isa Flores-Jones, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Read: The first update from the 2021 CARB Scoping Plan process - the little-known regulatory process that will structure the next 23 years of climate legislation in California. Join us to take action on August 3rd and August 17th.
The day to day regulatory work of California’s state agencies has life-threatening consequences for frontline communities. When the pandemic struck last year, working class people of color were already fighting a statewide pollution and climate crisis.
With new leadership at CARB, the Board has an opportunity to change course and ensure that the communities most impacted by their decisions are treated as equal partners in developing the 2022 Climate Change Scoping Plan Update.