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As Governors Rollback Reopening, Confusion Remains

As Governors Rollback Reopening, Confusion Remains

As coronavirus cases are once again surging across the country, it’s evident that our leaders do not have total control of this pandemic. This week, Dr. Anthony Fauci’s issued a dire warning that daily new cases could surpass 100,000 new infections per day if the outbreak continues on its current trend.  While some states have […]

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California to Reevaluate Its  Cap and Trade Program in the Wake of COVID

California to Reevaluate Its Cap and Trade Program in the Wake of COVID

The State of California’s 7-year-old cap and trade system is an important component of how the state plans to achieve its ambitious climate goals: to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, 40% below 1990 levels by 2030, and 80% below 1990 levels by 2050. As C2ES explained, California’s emissions trading program is […]

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Trump Administration To Allow Oil and Gas Drilling in CA Land Monument

Trump Administration To Allow Oil and Gas Drilling in CA Land Monument

In a quiet decision in late May, the Trump Administration said it will open up California’s Carrizo Plain National Monument, which is known for its stunning wildflowers, to oil and gas drilling and a pipeline, the LA Times reported last week. 

Why This Matters:  This project is inconsistent with the purposes of the monument and will surely cause environmental harm.

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City Governments Unprepared to Deal With Growing Extreme Heat

City Governments Unprepared to Deal With Growing Extreme Heat

The Center for Public Integrity explained in their recent investigation that yearly heat-related deaths have more than doubled in Arizona in the last decade to 283. Across the country, heat caused at least 10,000 deaths between 1999 and 2016 — more than hurricanes, tornadoes or floods in most years. What’s more is that scientists link […]

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Living Near Oil and Gas Wells Tied to Low Birth Weight in California Study

Living Near Oil and Gas Wells Tied to Low Birth Weight in California Study

Pregnant women in rural California who lived near active oil and gas wells were 40% more likely to give birth to low birthweight babies, according to a new study. The study conducted by University of California researchers is the first to study how California’s network of oil and gas development affects babies born nearby. As […]

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Trump and Big Oil Have Some Bad Days In Court

Trump and Big Oil Have Some Bad Days In Court

A federal appeals court in California ruled that lawsuits against the major oil companies by San Mateo County and the city of Oakland for compensation for climate change impacts such as sea-level rise are not blocked by federal law from going forward in state court.  And a judge in Montana invalidated 440 oil and gas leases on federal land because the Interior Department did not adhere to an agreement between the agency and farmers, ranchers, conservationists, and energy groups to protect habitat for the sage grouse, which allowed the bird to remain off the endangered species list.

Why This Matters:  Oil and gas companies have suffered several high profile unfavorable rulings in recent days.

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Aridification Spreading in North America a New Study Finds

Aridification Spreading in North America a New Study Finds

As we expand our understanding of climate change, scientists have begun to focus on the growing role warming temperatures are playing as a potent driver of greater aridity–which is different than drought. As NOAA describes it, drought is “a period of abnormally dry weather sufficiently long enough to cause a serious hydrological imbalance”. Aridity is […]

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California Officials Recommend Endangerment Listing for Joshua Trees

California Officials Recommend Endangerment Listing for Joshua Trees

Joshua trees have lived in the Mojave desert for 2.5m years yet their demise might come at the hands of humans. Last year, a study found that even in a best-case scenario, with major efforts to reduce greenhouse gases, 80% of the trees’ habitat will be whittled away. It’s for this reason that after decades […]

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Climate Change Raises CA Wildfire Risk In the Midst of Pandemic

Climate Change Raises CA Wildfire Risk In the Midst of Pandemic

According to a new analysis by Stanford University, climate change has doubled the number of extreme-risk days for California wildfires. As Scientific American explained that researchers found that temperatures rose about 1.8° F statewide while precipitation dropped 30% since 1980. That doubled the number of autumn days—when fire risk is highest—with extreme conditions for the ignition […]

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Cable News Won’t Talk Climate During Super Tuesday Coverage, Here’s What They’re Missing

Cable News Won’t Talk Climate During Super Tuesday Coverage, Here’s What They’re Missing

Super Tuesday is just a day away and there’s been a glaring omission from the pundit analysis happening on cable news: how climate change will shape the vote in California, the looming prize that will help (barring an unforeseen circumstance) either Joe Biden or Bernie Sanders clinch the Democratic nomination. While several polls have shown […]

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PG&E Union at Odds With Sanders Plan to Make Utilities Public

PG&E Union at Odds With Sanders Plan to Make Utilities Public

As the San Francisco Chronicle reported, Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s main union is pushing back forcefully against efforts to make the company, which is currently owned by investors, controlled by the public instead — something Sen. Bernie Sanders, state Sen. Scott Wiener and the city of San Francisco have proposed in various forms. IBEW […]

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California Offshore Wind One Step Closer To Reality

California Offshore Wind One Step Closer To Reality

The U.S. Navy last week for the first time signaled its willingness to permit offshore wind facilities off the coast of Central California after Congressman U.S. Representative Salud Carbajal, whose coastal district would stand to benefit from nearby offshore wind development, spent months encouraging local, state and federal officials, including DOD, to identify solutions. 

Why This Matters:  The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) had said earlier this year that it could hold an auction for offshore wind lease areas in California this year given the need for vast amounts of renewable power to meet the state’s climate goals.

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