For Immediate Release—September 23, 2019
Sacramento—California Governor Gavin Newsom touted the Golden State’s leading role in combating climate change in an address the U.N. Climate Summit in New York, today. Late last week, Gov. Newsom took what he characterized as bold action, issuing an executive order to direct the state’s $700 billion retirement programs to invest in new climate protecting technologies and directing the state transportation system to invest in electric vehicles and other fuel-saving measures.
In response, Food & Water Action California State Director Alexandra Nagy issued this statement:
“Governor Newsom’s measures are a timid start towards stemming the worst of climate change that do not go nearly far enough. In an oil producing state like California, the Governor must rein in fossil fuel production to make a dent in averting the climate crisis that we are already experiencing through accelerated wildfires, floods and droughts. To make a real difference, Gov. Newsom should use his executive powers to declare an immediate halt to new drilling and fossil fuel infrastructure, ban fracking and close dangerous infrastructure in our neighborhoods, like the Aliso Canyon Gas Storage Facility. That would be real climate leadership.”
For more, read our new report: California Leads: How to Break Fossil Fuel Dependence in the Golden State.
Contact: Julie Light, 510-992-4083
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