News Release | Environment California Research & Policy Center

50,000 Californians Petition Regulators to Stand Strong for Rooftop Solar

People with solar panels on their roofs and their supporters teamed up with solar advocacy and environmental groups to deliver more than 50,000 signatures urging the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to not change the rules on existing solar customers.

News Release | Environment California

President Obama Vows to Protect Future Generations from Climate Change

Oakland – In response to President Obama’s State of the Union address, Mac Farrell, Global Warming Organizer for Environment California, delivered the following statement:
“Severe drought in California is just the most recent example of the steep price Americans and the planet are already paying for global warming.
“We applaud the president’s commitment to cutting carbon pollution from power plants – the largest single sources of carbon emissions – as well as his leadership in cutting carbon pollution from cars and doubling the production of wind and solar power.

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Statement on Joint Plastic Bag Ban Bill

Sacramento— Senator Alex Padilla,Senator Kevin de León, and Senator Ricardo Lara have announced a new, joint bill to phase out single-use plastic bags in California. Nathan Weaver, Oceans Advocate with Environment California, issued the following statement:

“Plastic bags are an environmental blight and a threat to wildlife. The success of 90 local plastic bag bans from Arcata to Solana Beach proves that this policy works to protect the environment. I applaud efforts by Senator Padilla, Senator de León, Senator Lara and other leaders to do the right thing for our environment by phasing out single-use plastic bags. I look forward to working with the Senators to ensure the success of this policy."

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“We’re on our way to a million electric vehicles”

SACRAMENTO – As part of his 2014 State of the State address this morning, Governor Edmund G. Brown included a full-throated endorsement of one of the chief objectives of the Charge Ahead California campaign, putting one million cars, trucks and buses on California’s roads. The support comes on the heels of the Governor’s January 9th budget proposal, which included up to $200 million in proceeds from the state’s cap and trade auctions to support electric vehicles programs.

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Elected Officials Call on Los Angeles to Achieve 20 Percent Local Solar Power by 2020

Los Angeles – City Councilmembers Paul Koretz and Mike Bonin, Congressman Adam Schiff, State Senators Kevin de León and Ted Lieu, and Assemblymembers Bonnie Lowenthal, Jimmy Gomez and Mike Gatto have joined a broad coalition of community groups, environmental organizations, religious congregations and businesses calling for 20 percent local solar power in Los Angeles by 2020.