The goal of 100% clean energy in California is now a reality. After a two-year campaign with massive support from the faith, public health, equity, policy and environmental sectors, Senate Bill 100, which sets the target for 100% clean electrical energy by 2045, was passed and signed into law. Susan Stephenson, CIPL Executive Director, was present at Governor Brown’s signing. Congratulations to all California faith advocates who held events, sent letters, and did phone banking to get SB 100 passed!
Other CIPL priority legislation also passed both houses and signed by the governor. They include:
- AB 1775 and SB 834: State Lands: Leasing: Oil and Gas
Under current policy, the federal government has respected California’s right to restrict new drilling operations out of state and federal waters off our coast. On January 4th, 2018, the Trump administration proposed opening up 90% of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) to new leasing for oil and gas production. The partner bills of AB 1175 and SB 834 will prohibit the State Lands Commission from approving any new leases authorizing oil- and gas- related infrastructure within state waters that are associated with new federal offshore leases. This bill will protect the California coast from the risks and impacts of new offshore oil and gas development, including oil spills that can threaten our coastal communities, environment, and economy.
SB 1014: Electrify California Ride-hailing (E-Car)
As California moves to a cleaner energy future, transportation remains the single largest source of pollution affecting the health of our communities and polluting the environment. Ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft are fast becoming a popular choice for riders. SB 1014 will increase efficiencies of the rides and accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles and zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) deployed by California’s ride-hailing Transportation Network Companies (TNCs.)
As always, CIPL priority legislation is guided by three principles:
- Strong greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets from all sources — energy, transportation, industry, and agriculture — leading California toward carbon neutrality.
- Significant investments in renewable power with the goal of 100% clean energy as soon as possible with priority for local solar and wind projects that create good jobs for Californians.
- Advancing climate justice by ensuring the participation in policy decisions by those on the front lines of climate impacts and tangible benefits for communities that have borne the brunt of fossil fuel pollution.