For Immediate Release-February 12, 2019
Statement by Mark Schlosberg, Food & Water Watch Organizing Co-Director
“Governor Newsom’s State of the State address highlighted the impacts of recent climate change—supercharged fires and other disasters, but left much to be desired in terms of specific policy and bold action to address the climate crisis. Real action is urgently needed. For example, Newsom can start leading on climate by banning fracking and halting new drilling, instituting strong setbacks to protect communities, and placing a moratorium on new oil and gas pipelines and other fossil fuel infrastructure. He can immediately shut down the Aliso Canyon gas storage facility, the site of the worst gas blowout in American history—something he talked about doing during the campaign.
“The new governor can also stop the dumping of oil drilling wastewater into our aquifers and onto crops. At the same time, Gov. Newsom should lay out a roadmap for phasing out fossil fuels and transitioning to 100 percent renewable energy by 2030, in line with what the latest climate science dictates. Doing this would establish Gov. Newsom as a national climate leader, and place California in a position to lead the nation toward a renewable energy economy. He can join Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who today scrapped plans to rebuild three gas-fired power plants, in the fight against climate change and for clean, renewable energy.
The governor has broad executive authority to reign in fossil fuels and move California to a truly clean, renewable energy future. The beginning of his first term is the time to step up and lead the state in that direction.”
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