At a time when California is urgently pushing to transition off of fossil fuels and towards renewable alternatives, why is state land-use policy still driven by a “drill-at-any-cost” statute written back in the 1930s?
The answer is simple: because oil and gas interests benefit from policy that prioritizes maximum extraction of oil and gas above all else. But for those of us concerned about the environmental and health impacts of drilling in California, it’s unacceptable.
That’s why Marc—in concert with NRDC, the League of Conservation Voters, and other grassroots organizations—authored AB 1440, which would update this policy to meet our goals in the 21st century. Instead of prioritizing drilling for every last drop of oil, AB 1440 would require that our state’s regulatory agencies consider environmental and health impacts, like air pollution and water contamination, when permitting and overseeing drilling operations.
As our planet heats up to an alarming degree, we should acknowledge that the priorities of the 1930s do not reflect the priorities of 2019. California plays a critical, leading role in the transition away from fossil fuels, so AB 1440 removes references to our state’s interest in maximizing production and minimizing “waste” (unextracted oil). If we succeed in stemming the tide and preventing a climate catastrophe, it will no doubt be the end-result of keeping oil in the ground where it belongs, and AB 1440 acknowledges this.
AB 1440 is a critically overdue piece of the puzzle when it comes to modernizing our state’s extraction policy for the 21st century. Of course, passing it will not be easy. You can bet that big energy companies will fight these common sense reforms every step of the way. But if you agree that we need bold change to drive California forward and lead the way nationally, please sign our petition in support today!
Sign our petition in support of Assembly Bill 1440, Marc’s bill to prioritize the environment and public health when considering new oil drilling projects in California.
2018 was a year of hope and heartbreak for those of us sickened by the crisis of gun violence in the US and in California. The March for Our Lives inspired us to take action and vote for change. And the tragedy in Thousand Oaks reminded us of the horrific consequences if we continue to do nothing.
This year, it is more important than ever to take the kinds of actions we promised voters to reduce gun violence and protect our children. If our federal government refuses to take action, then something must be done here in California.
We can start with Assembly Bill 18, Marc's new bill to tax all handgun and semiautomatic rifle sales.
AB 18 will increase funding for the California Violence Intervention and Prevention Program (CalVIP), a grant for community-based programs that help prevent the root causes of gun violence in the neighborhoods most affected by it.
This effort by has state has proven to be exceedingly effective, but it's remained dramatically underfunded in recent years. Assembly Bill 18 could bring in enough revenue to double or triple grant funding for communities across California.
Passing AB 18 will not be easy. Under California law, it will require 2/3rds majorities in the Assembly and State Senate, and the NRA will no doubt fight it tooth and nail. But this is a fight we can win. Californians made their voices heard loud and clear in November. It's time to honor their wishes and take real action to reduce the gun violence that's taken too many from us. AB 18 will do just that, and we hope you will sign our petition in support.
Sign our petition in support of Assembly Bill 18, Marc’s bill for a tax on firearm sales to support violence prevention programs in California.