THERE ARE MILLIONS OF CALIFORNIA CLIMATE VOTERS.

TOGETHER, WE HAVE THE POWER TO…

ACT ON CLIMATE!  PHASE OUT FOSSIL FUELS!  EXPAND CLEAN ENERGY!   PROTECT OUR FUTURE!  ACT ON CLIMATE!  PHASE OUT FOSSIL FUELS!  EXPAND CLEAN ENERGY!   PROTECT OUR FUTURE!  ACT ON CLIMATE!  PHASE OUT FOSSIL FUELS!  EXPAND CLEAN ENERGY!   PROTECT OUR FUTURE! 

ACT ON CLIMATE!

It’s time for direct democracy!

The days of Big Oil dictating California’s climate agenda are over.  We’re going directly to California voters to win a clean energy future. 

California’s climate programs are failing to reduce emissions at the speed at scale of the climate crisis.

Massive loopholes — designed by the fossil fuel industry — have allowed oil & gas corporations to make billions in profits, while avoiding major reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

At this stage of the climate crisis, we have to act!  Most California voters support climate action. So we’re going directly to California voters to phase out fossil fuels!

We’re using the power of direct democracy to pass the California Climate Solutions Act of 2024, a ballot measure that will:

(1) immediately restore the ability of California regulators to limit greenhouse gas emissions from the oil & gas industry, and; 

(2) require our state to pursue real emissions reductions to achieve our “net zero” target by 2045.

This movement is powered by people like you — everyday Californians who aren’t afraid to stand up to the fossil fuel industry.

To qualify this measure for the 2024 ballot, we need to collect thousands of signed petitions across California over the next several weeks. But we’re making it easier than ever to participate.  Just let us know you’re a registered California voter and we’ll mail you the petition to sign (along with a return envelope). 

Let us know we can count on your signature!.

California’s climate programs are failing to reduce emissions at the speed at scale of the climate crisis.

Massive loopholes — designed by the fossil fuel industry — have allowed oil & gas corporations to make billions in profits, while avoiding major reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

At this stage of the climate crisis, we have to act!  

Most California voters support climate action.  We’re using the power of direct democracy to close these loopholes and accelerate California’s transition to clean energy.  

This movement is powered by people like you — everyday Californians who aren’t afraid to stand up to the fossil fuel industry.

To qualify this measure for the 2024 ballot, we need to collect thousands of signed petitions across California over the next several weeks. But we’re making it easier than ever to participate.  Let us know you’re a climate voter and we’ll mail you the petition to sign (along with a return envelope). 

Together we can make California a climate leader once again!

take action

We’re putting climate action in the hands of California voters!

We’re going directly to California voters to pass the California Climate Solutions Act of 2024, a ballot measure that will (1) immediately restore the ability of regulators to limit greenhouse gas emissions from the oil & gas industry; and (2) require our state to pursue real emissions reductions to achieve our “net zero” target by 2045.

Count on my signature to qualify the California Climate Solutions Act of 2024!

WE'RE MOBILIZING FOR CLIMATE ACTION

The barriers to a clean energy future are political.

WE'RE MOBILIZING
FOR CLIMATE ACTION

The barriers to a
clean energy future
are political.

We are the solution!

As climate voters, we know what our state needs to do: California needs to phase out fossil fuels — fast!

We have the ability to quickly phase out fossil fuels.  We don’t need to wait for any miracle technologies. 95% of the technologies we need are already widely available and affordable.  We can use these existing technologies to harness, store, and transmit energy from wind, water, and solar sources to ensure reliable electricity, heat supplies, and energy security.  [source] 

The fossil fuel industry is blocking California’s transition to clean energy.

Despite California’s ambitious climate goals, our state’s climate programs are failing.  California’s main climate program — “cap and trade” — is allowing the fossil fuel industry to avoid real emissions reductions, while storing up years of “allowances” to continue polluting into the future.  [source]

It’s not just California’s short-term strategy that is broken.  California’s 2045 strategy assumes huge amounts of “carbon capture” technology, which we know will not be affordable or widely available for decades.

The flaws in California’s climate programs are not an accident.  They were imposed on us by the fossil fuel industry and other corporate polluters that continue to spend millions of dollars each year lobbying state officials to prevent real change.

The time for incremental changes has passed. Without significant new regulations and reforms, California is not going to achieve our short-term or long-term emissions reductions goals. 

We’re reclaiming our democracy to build the future we want.

The fossil fuel industry and investor-owned utilities have no intention of relinquishing their control over California politics. 

As California voters, we have an opportunity — and a responsibility — to come together to build the future we want for ourselves, our children, and all future generations.

It’s up to us to change our political reality.  We have the power of direct democracy.  It’s time we use it!

we are the majority

California voters WANT climate action

67%

of Californians favor our state making its own policies to address climate change, separate from the federal government. [PPIC]

70%

of Californians support the idea that a majority of voters can make laws and change public policies about environmental issues by passing initiatives. [PPIC]

80%

of Californians say that climate change is a very or somewhat serious threat to California’s future economy and quality of life.  [PPIC]

57%

of likely CA voters support passing regulations and spending money now on efforts to reduce climate change. [PPIC]

64%

of likely CA voters say that the protection of the environment should be given priority, even at the risk of curbing economic growth.

[PPIC]

70%

of likely CA voters favor the state’s goal to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible, and no later than 2045.

  [PPIC]

We have the numbers to set California’s climate agenda!

Californians have experienced firsthand the harmful impacts of climate change — brutal heat, extreme storms, and record-breaking wildfires; and we know fossil fuels are to blame.

As the public outcry for immediate action on climate has grown louder, attempts to restrict the fossil fuel industry through the California legislature have consistently been blocked, weakened, and delayed by oil and gas corporations and the politicians they fund. 

It’s time to bring the fight for a livable future directly to California voters to advance the policies we need to make a rapid, just transition to clean energy.  Together, we can set the climate agenda for 2024 — and every two years after that. 

think global, act local!

GET INVOLVED IN THE DIRECT DEMOCRACY MOVEMENT FOR CLIMATE ACTION!

we have the power

Direct democracy

We have the power to end fossil fuels.

We are the majority and we can set the agenda.  It’s up to us to build the future we want. 

 It’s easy to participate and make an impact! 

Join

Join the statewide movement of climate voters.  We’ll mail you a petition to sign directly to your home.

Sign

Your petition will arrive in your mailbox for you to sign.  There will be space for a few additional signatures.  You can collect signatures from other registered voters in your household, neighborhood, etc.

(and your friends will want to sign!)

Send

We provide you with a self-addressed prepaid return envelope. Just drop it in the mail!

Real signatures, real impact!

We’ve all gotten used to online petitions.  Unfortunately, the State of California does not accept digital signatures to qualify a ballot measure.  We need to collect real, pen-and-paper signatures from registered voters across California.

As a grassroots campaign, we’re depending on volunteers to collect signatures AND a new direct-to-voter mail strategy.

Let us know we can count on your signature!  

CLIMATE REALITY CHECk

CALIFORNIA'S MARKET-BASED SCHEMES ARE FAILING US

For years California’s cap-and-trade program was promoted as a success story for how governments could reduce climate pollution. However, it’s now an open secret that California’s pollution-trading scheme is not reducing emissions as promised.

“Allowances” and “offsets” have enabled polluters to avoid reducing greenhouse gas pollution, all while making record profits. According to the CA Legislative Analysts’s office, California’s current climate plan “is not stringent enough to drive the additional emission reductions needed because there will be more than enough allowances available for covered entities to continue to emit at levels exceeding the 2030 target.”

Instead of confronting this inconvient truth and working to close the massive polluter-friendly loopholes, California’s policymakers are now promoting a 2045 “carbon-neutral” strategy that relies on carbon capture technologies that are decades away from mass deployment.

As extreme weather events increase in frequency and intensity, the fossil fuel industry is doubling down — spending millions in Sacramento to obstruct, delay, and dillute any attempts at transformative climate legislation. 

We tried pleading. Now we’re leading.  It’s up to us to dismantle the fossil fuel industry and ensure California once again leads the world toward a clean energy future.

California needs to triple the rate of annual decarbonization to meet it’s 2030 carbon target. [source] 

California’s current climate strategy relies far too much on unproven and expensive “carbon capture” and “direct air capture” technologies, which the International Energy Agency still considers in the “prototype” phase. [source]

California’s cap-and-trade program (the market-based emissions trading system that covers 80% of the State’s GHG emissions) is currently not stringent enough to meet California’s required 2030 emissions reduction target.  [source]

Industrial carbon capture is Big Oil’s favorite form of “climate action” because it greenwashes the industry, distracting us from the need to phase out fossil fuels, all at taxpayer expense. 

[source]

climate action now!

the california climate act of 2024

THE PROBLEM

California’s current climate programs include massive loopholes that allow the fossil fuel industry and other climate polluters to avoid and delay reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

THE solution

The California Climate Act of 2024 restores the ability of State and Local Air Districts to regulate climate pollution from the oil & gas industry; and requires California to achieve a real 95% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2045.

The California Climate Act of 2024 includes the following provisions:

1

Increases 2045 GHG Emissions Reduction Target to 95 Percent of 1990 Levels.

The measure requires the state to reduce GHG emissions to 95 percent of 1990 levels by 2045 (instead of 85 percent of 1990 levels under current law). 

California’s current 2045 “carbon neutrality” target assumes that 15% of greenhouse gas emissions will be removed by carbon capture usage and storage (CCUS) technology that will not be affordable or scalable within the next two decades.

According to analysts at McKinsey & Company, “CCUS is recognized as a necessary and relatively low-risk piece of the decarbonization puzzle, but the technology is not moving fast enough to achieve a 1.5° or even 2.0° pathway.” 

Bottom line: Decades from now carbon capture will be mature and scalable — and it will be needed to remove accumulated historical emissions from the atmostphere.  But carbon capture technology is not a real option for reducing emissions over the next two decades.  The fastest and cheapest path to reducing emissions is to electrify everything and generate power from clean energy technologies (solar, wind, battery storage, etc.).  A few difficult sectors might be hard to decarbonize and carbon capture can play a role (which is why the target is 95% and not 100%).

2

Allows CARB to Directly Regulate Petroleum Refineries and Oil and Gas Production Facilities.

The measure allows the California Air Resources Board to directly regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from refineries and oil and gas production facilities AND removes the requirement that market-based policies be the board’s only allowable approach.

When California’s cap-and-trade program was first created, it was only authorized through 2020.  In 2017, a “comprise” was reached with the fossil fuel industry to extend it through 2030 (AB 398).  

One of the industry’s biggest victories from the 2017 bill was a provision that prohibits new CO₂ regulations on refineries and oil and gas production. Earlier that year, the Air Resources Board had proposed a regulation to lower refinery emissions 20% by 2030. The bill killed that plan. [Source: ProPublica]

Five years later, we know now that cap-and-trade is failing to reduce these greenhouse gas emissions, but California regulators are not allowed to regulate emissions reductions from these polluters.

The serious problems and loopholes in California’s cap-and-trade program include allowing polluters to continue to pollute our air while exporting climate benefits out of state. In cap and trade, free allowances and offsets give polluters opportunities to avoid localized emission reductions. Polluters use cheap (compliance mechanisms like offsets (often of questionable quality) to meet their obligations under cap and trade. As a result, California residents lose the benefits of  greenhouse gas reductions, air quality improvements and in-state revenue benefits. Over-reliance on mechanisms like offsets and the prevalence of free allowance also prevents California from seeing in-state GHG reductions. 

It’s time for climate policies that protect those communities most burdened by fossil fuel pollution. We know that our state’s largest climate polluters are disproportionately located in low-income communities and communities of color. According to CalEPA, more than half (57%) of the greenhouse gas emitters covered under cap and trade are located in or within one-half mile of a disadvantaged community. This includes 15 out of the 20 refineries in the state.  [Source: CEJA]

The time for experimental market-based schemes has passed.  It’s time to restore regulatory authority to the state agencies responsible for reducing greenhouse gas emissions — and require immediate and sustained reductions from the fossil fuel industry.

3

Allows Local Air Districts to Directly Regulate GHG Emissions.

The measure allows local air districts to regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from stationary sources (including refineries, oil and gas operations, and manufacturing).

The 2017 extension of cap-and-trade (AB 398) included a provision preventing local air districts from regulating GHG emissions from stationary sources like oil refineries, which in some areas of the state account for almost 20% of regional climate pollution.  

This industry-backed provision tied the hands of regional regulators just as the Bay Area Air Quality Management District was considering imposing the nation’s first limits on greenhouses gases from oil refineries.  Five years later, as the climate crisis intensifies, emissions from oil refineries are still a massive problem and our regional authorities are powerless to regulate these polluters.

The time for experimental market-based schemes has passed.  It’s time to restore regulatory authority to local agencies responsible for clean air — and require immediate and sustained reductions from the fossil fuel industry.

 IF NOT US, WHO? 

 IF NOT NOW, WHEN? 

It’s time to put climate action in the hands of California voters!

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