Newsom not doing enough to fight climate change, group says


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A group of current and former elected officials have a message for the governor of California. Gavin Newsom: Doing more about climate change.

Chosen To Protect America Californiaa group of 430 Californian elected officials, released this statement in response to Newsom’s State of the State address and the current climate crisis facing California (and the rest of the world).

The group applauded Newsom for the steps he took, but said it was just the beginning of what needed to be done.

“With all due respect to the work the Governor has done in our race to save humanity from these calamities, it is not enough. He alone has the power, with the stroke of a pen, to take bolder steps that would achieve the goals set by EOPA California,” the group said in a statement.

“To that end, more than 430 elected officials, representing more than half of Californians, have signed our letter urging him to act immediately to stop issuing new fossil fuel permits, phase out fossil fuels, and institute 2,500 foot buffers between drilling operations and existing community sites, while ensuring a just transition for workers in fossil fuel industries as the state transitions to 100% clean energy,” the group said. “We appreciate that the Governor has taken action in these areas, but these are actions invisible to every Californian who breathes in deadly toxins daily, and will not be enough to meet the challenge facing the world. The scale of the global climate crisis demands action on the same scale.

The group cites the The United Nations 2022 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report that warns that nations are simply not doing enough to protect their people from the effects of climate change.

“California must live up to its reputation as a climate leader and invest in green energy solutions like offshore wind to ensure our energy independence. It’s time to build a 100% clean energy economy that provides unionized jobs, securing our energy supply and environmental justice, lowering family energy bills, and enabling every young person in our state to grow up breathing clean air to live long lives. We have the technologies. That’s now it’s up to Governor Newsom to lead our state and the nation,” the group said.

You can read the letter the band sent to Newsom for yourself by visiting here.


Sen. Scott WienerD-San Francisco, introduced a bill that would require public schools and state agencies to conduct a water quality and water efficiency assessment of their facilities.

SB 1144 requires water systems in schools and public buildings to test for contaminants such as lead, radon, and legionella, and also requires any plumbing fixtures containing contaminant levels in excess of legal limits, or using more than current water efficiency standards allow, should be replaced at the first practical hour.

“Every child deserves clean and safe drinking water,” Wiener said in a statement. “And every child deserves to grow up in a state where water is an abundant resource. Californians should not be exposed to water containing harmful chemicals or bacteria that can permanently harm their health. We have the tools to ensure our water systems are clean and efficient, and to recycle water when we can. The SB 1144 will help us make sure we use them.

According to Wiener’s office, more than half (53%) of California school districts have found lead in at least one of their on-campus drinking fountains. Exposure to water contaminants can lead to many health problems and complications, such as Legionnaires’ disease, liver and kidney problems, developmental and behavioral problems, and cancer.

“For environmental and health reasons, California needs to do better on water safety and efficiency. We cannot allow people across the state – including children and low-income communities – to continue to be exposed to harmful contaminants. Water shortages in California are another serious issue that threatens the future of our state. Increasing water efficiency and the use of water systems gray water for water reuse are two important strategies for conserving California’s water supply and protecting our environment,” according to a statement from Wiener’s office.

SB 1144 is sponsored by the California Pipe Trades Council.


“Amid the turmoil, California is creating a roadmap. Embrace diversity while seeking common ground. Unify – do not exploit divisions. Invite everyone in the fight for a better state. This is the California way.

– Governor Gavin Newsom, by Twitter.

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Andrew Sheeler covers California’s unique political climate for the Sacramento Bee. He covered crime and politics from the interior of Alaska to the oil patch of North Dakota to the rugged coast of southern Oregon. He attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

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