With the U.S. the second largest Greenhouse Gas Emitter in the world, and California the second largest emitter in the U.S. what we do here in the Golden State matters immensely especially now with a Federal Government slashing regulations and funding for important agencies. This summer on June 20th & in late August CIPL will host interfaith climate advocacy days in Sacramento. For more information or to inquire about participating please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to our 2017 priority legislation, we have created a list of core commitments that are guiding our advocacy activities which we hope you too will consider as you advocate on local climate related matters:
1) Strong GHG emission reduction targets from all sources, energy, transportation, industry, and agriculture leading CA ultimately to carbon neutrality
2) Significant investments in renewable power with the goal of 100% clean energy as soon as possible giving priority to local solar, wind, hydro and geothermal build outs that create good jobs for Californians.
3) Advancing climate justice by ensuring the participation in policy discussions of those on the frontlines of climate impacts, tangible benefits for communities who have historically borne the brunt of health and environmental pollution
2017 Priority Legislation
AB 17 and AB 179 are part of a larger effort to make public transportation more accessible and responsive to vulnerable Californians. AB 17 provides transit passes to help make public transit affordable for students and AB 179 ensures that at least one of the voting members of the California Transportation Commission have worked “with communities that are most significantly burdened by, and vulnerable to, high levels of pollution.”
AB 20: Public Employee Retirement Systems: Divestment from Dakota Access Pipeline
California’s Public Employee Retirement Systems are currently banned from investing in corporations with operations in Sudan, Iran, or thermal coal industries. This bill would require that these organizations consider the Dakota Access Pipeline and its effects on local indigenous groups, as well as their faith traditions and access to potable water, and remove their investment if they take issue with this cause.
SB 100: California Clean Energy Act of 2017
Existing California law has placed our state at the forefront of the transition to clean energy, such that California has been able to grow our economy while decreasing our dependence on fossil fuels. This bill would extend this commitment to end climate change by setting a standard for 100% renewable energy in California by 2045.
California being a leader in the national and global movement to fight climate change, this bill would work to preserve our state’s environmental progress in the face of weakening Federal leadership. SB 49 would require that all California environmental agencies continue to be held to a high standard, without backsliding or decreasing their strength due to a lax and imperiled Washington.
SB 692: Transmission Access Charge
This bill would work to level the playing field for local energy providers to make them a more viable economic option from communities throughout the Golden State. Existing law creates the Independent System Operator, an agency which charges energy projects for their use of and access to transmission lines, but does so in a way that lacks transparency and disproportionately charges local energy projects. This bill would amend the ISO such that local energy projects are only charged for their actual transmission, and are thereby made a cheaper option to the public.
SR 27: Relative to Vehicular Air Pollution
The Clean Air Act, one of the first monumental successes in American environmental policy, requires that city atmospheres remain under certain levels of pollutant concentrations. This bill would resolve to uphold the standards set by the Clean Air Act in California, and to oppose any efforts by Congress or the federal administration to deny, roll back, or otherwise undermine this policy.
Photo from Summer 2016
Endorse California Delivers
This is a crucial time to demonstrate to our California legislators and the public faith community support for climate action. California Delivers is a coalition of businesses, workers, community and faith leaders, and advocates for public health, consumers, and low-income families that work to support the timely implementation of California climate solutions.
Explore California’s Climate Investments and explore case studies from The Greenlining Institute
Learn more about climate solutions through The Solutions Project
Interfaith Power & Light’s Policy on Clean Energy Issues: California Interfaith Power & Light, as part of the IPL national network, holds certain positions on specific issues, such as nuclear energy, coal, and energy efficiency. Click here to read about IPL’s Clean Energy Agenda and more.