State of California Archives: on Energy & Oil


Kevin de Leon: Leading the way on renewable energy

Continuing steady progress in energy efficiency, Kevin has put California on a path to 50 percent renewable energy by 2030--the largest state in the nation to do so--with an eye toward becoming 100 percent renewable by 2045. California is by far the nation's clean-energy leader and it is paying workforce dividends with the creation of well over 500,000 clean energy jobs in the Golden State--10 times more than there are coal jobs in the entire nation.
Source: 2018 California Senatorial website KevinDeLeon.com Oct 15, 2017

Kevin de Leon: Extend California's cap-and-trade

De León has established California's reputation as a recognized global leader in the battle against climate change and a pioneer in creating a clean energy economy. He played a central role in crafting a bipartisan deal this year to extend California's cap-and-trade program with $1 billion of the generated revenue to tackle diesel pollution and bolster electrification of our transportation and vehicles.
Source: 2018 California Senatorial website KevinDeLeon.com Oct 15, 2017

Delaine Eastin: Fight climate change, protect natural resources

We must preserve and protect our coastlines, forests, deserts, valleys and mountains. We must ensure clean air and drinking water for all, and continue to be a world leader in the battle against climate change. It is past time that California ban fracking.
Source: 2018 California Gubernatorial website DelaineForGovernor.com Sep 1, 2017

Gavin Newsom: California leads the way on green energy

He gave the keynote address at Sonoma County Conservation Action's "Grassroots Gala," an annual event that honors local environmental leaders. Newsom pushed back on Trump's contention that pivoting toward a fossil fuel-free world would irretrievably harm the U.S. economy. "What is so wrong about de-carbonizing your economy? What's so wrong about what California's done? Seven years, 2.7 million jobs, 2.9 percent GDP (growth)," he said.
Source: The Press Democrat on 2018 California gubernatorial race Jun 10, 2017

Steve Farley: Coal is the fuel of the past

The Teachers' Retirement Board yesterday announced the decision to divest the fund of all non-U.S. thermal coal holdings. "Coal is the fuel of America's past. At a time when clean-energy jobs far outpace those of the dying coal industry, why should we continue to invest in a product that pollutes the air, sickens our children and contributes to global warming," said Chiang, who is also a Teachers' Retirement Board member.
Source: GlobalNewsWide.com on 2018 California gubernatorial race Jun 8, 2017

Michael Eisen: Base climate change policy on science, not politics

Q: In the lab, you're unraveling the mysteries of life. Why leave all that for Washington?

Eisen: There has been a growing sense of frustration among scientists about the way decisions are made in politics--in particular, the way science is integrated into decision-making. I mean "science" in the grand sense--the process of making observations, characterizing reality and then using that characterization to make judgments about the best course of action. Politics should function similar to science. We should try to figure out what's going on in the world and then debate the best way to do it, to make the world better.

Q: Why the US Senate?

Eisen: The immediate motivation was watching a Senate hearing where they were discussing a scientific issue, like climate change. I thought: "It would be really nice to have scientists ask the questions of the Cabinet appointees, because the senators don't seem to understand the issue and aren't asking the right questions."

Source: Mercury News on 2018 California Senate race Feb 3, 2017

Jerry Brown: No climate deniers: the science is clear; the danger is real

Our state is known the world over for the actions we have taken to encourage renewable energy and combat climate change. Whatever they do in Washington, they can't change the facts. And these are the facts: the climate is changing, the temperatures are rising and so are the oceans. Natural habitats everywhere are under increasing stress. The world knows this.

194 countries signed the Paris Agreement to control greenhouse gases. Our own voluntary agreement to accomplish the same goal--the "Under Two M.O.U."--has 165 signatories, representing a billion people. We cannot fall back and give in to the climate deniers. The science is clear. The danger is real.

We can do much on our own and we can join with others--other states and provinces and even countries, to stop the dangerous rise in climate pollution. And we will.

Source: 2017 State of the State address to California Legislature Jan 24, 2017

Jimmy Panetta: Regulate fracking; address climate change

Q: Do you support increased regulations on the hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") industry?

A: Yes

Q: Do you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?

A: Yes. We must finally address climate change by promoting the fundamentals of a clean energy economy that creates reliable new jobs.

Source: Vote-Smart 2016 California Political Courage Test Nov 8, 2016

Ro Khanna: Environmental threat means opportunities for green energy

Preserving the environment is no longer an abstract debate, but one we must immediately address to protect our planet and the health of our future generations. But the environmental threats we face also generate new opportunities for us to invest in green and alternative energy technologies of the future, which will create new jobs for middle class workers and bolster America's competitiveness around the world.

Three decades ago, the U.S. led the world in the development of renewable energy. Unfortunately, we're now losing the race to countries like Germany and China. Renewable energy has the potential to create tens of thousands of construction and manufacturing jobs in our country, while simultaneously bringing down energy costs. Wind and solar are particularly promising forms of alternative energy that could boost local and regional economies.

Source: 2016 California House campaign website RoKhanna.com Nov 8, 2016

Ro Khanna: Expand tax credits for solar power & plug-in hybrids

Source: 2016 California House campaign website RoKhanna.com Nov 8, 2016

Salud Carbajal: Tackle carbon pollution as strategy to combat climate change

I am proud to have served on President Obama's task force on climate change to come up with a range of sustainable solutions to be implemented at the state and local levels. I led efforts locally to tackle carbon pollution as a strategy to combat climate change. In Congress, I will continue to say no to any new offshore drilling and instead encourage us to move toward cleaner energy solutions that help create new jobs, like we did with the solar power facilities in the Cuyama Valley and on the Carrizo Plain. We need to do more to bring wind and biofuel initiatives to market and encourage more efforts for residents to retrofit their homes, making them more energy efficient to save consumers money and reduce energy usage.
Source: 2016 California House campaign website SaludCarbajal.com Nov 8, 2016

Kamala Harris: Innovate smart solutions to climate change

Harris released the following statement on SB 350, the Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act, and SB 32, Climate Pollution Reduction Beyond 2020:

"Millions of Californians enjoy cleaner air and water because of our state's efforts to improve our environment. SB 350 and SB 32 build on this legacy by setting aggressive but achievable clean energy goals. These bills will ensure California continues to innovate smart solutions to climate change while growing our economy and improving public health."

Source: Imperial Valley News on 2016 California Senate race Aug 27, 2015

Pete Aguilar: Encourage green building and climate-friendly purchasing

As Mayor of Redlands, I've fought to reduce the effects of climate change. I led efforts to encourage greater energy efficiency and conservation, including green building and climate-friendly purchasing, and strongly support a new passenger rail line to help reduce heavy traffic and pollution. I am firmly committed to promoting investments in clean energy technology and taking assertive actions to reduce carbon emissions and combat global climate change.
Source: 2014 California House campaign website, PeteAguilar.com Nov 7, 2014

Mimi Walters: Support new domestic oil and natural gas, including Keystone

America has enough energy here within our borders, but misguided government policies and environmental extremism prevent us from using those resources. The Obama administration has done everything in its power to prevent new domestic oil and natural gas from coming to market. $4 a gallon gas is a direct result of failed government policies that have left us dependent on buying overseas oil, much of it from regimes hostile to our values. I support construction of the Keystone pipeline
Source: 2014 California House campaign website, MimiWalters.com Oct 10, 2014

Ted Lieu: Reduce greenhouse gas emissions; end fracking

Ted Lieu's environmental priorities:
Source: 2014 California House campaign website, TedLieu.com Oct 10, 2014

Steve Knight: No opinion on federally subsidizing wind & solar

Q: Governments should pay to develop wind and solar energy solutions when these are not economically feasible?

Knight: Neutral

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 California House race Sep 30, 2014

Jerry Brown: Charge Ahead: 1,000,000 zero-emission vehicles by 2023

Legislative Counsel's Digest: SB 1275: Charge Ahead California Initiative: Existing law creates a fleet modernization program for the retirement of high polluting vehicles. This bill would include car sharing and a mobility option, including compensation no less than $2,500.

Existing law provide vouchers to help California fleets to purchase hybrid and zero-emission trucks and buses. This bill would establish the Charge Ahead California Initiative, to place in service at least 1,000,000 zero-emission and near-zero-emission vehicles by January 1, 2023, and to increase access for disadvantaged, low-income, and moderate-income communities to zero-emission and near-zero-emission vehicles.

Legislative Outcome: 8/27/14: Passed Assembly, 53-24-2; 8/28/14: Passed Senate, 26-11-3; 9/21/14: signed by Governor Brown.

Source: California legislative voting records for SB 1275 Sep 21, 2014

Jimmy Gomez: Charge Ahead: 1,000,000 zero-emission vehicles by 2023

Legislative Counsel's Digest: SB 1275: Charge Ahead California Initiative: Existing law creates a fleet modernization program for the retirement of high polluting vehicles. This bill would include car sharing and a mobility option, including compensation no less than $2,500.

Existing law provide vouchers to help California fleets to purchase hybrid and zero-emission trucks and buses. This bill would establish the Charge Ahead California Initiative, to place in service at least 1,000,000 zero-emission and near-zero-emission vehicles by January 1, 2023, and to increase access for disadvantaged, low-income, and moderate-income communities to zero-emission and near-zero-emission vehicles.

Legislative Outcome: 8/27/14: Passed Assembly, 53-24-2, including AYE vote by Rep. Jimmy Gomez; 8/28/14: Passed Senate, 26-11-3; 9/21/14: signed by Gov. Brown.

Source: California legislative voting records for SB 1275 Aug 27, 2014

Lou Correa: Charge Ahead: 1,000,000 zero-emission vehicles by 2023

Legislative Counsel's Digest: SB 1275: Charge Ahead California Initiative: Existing law creates a fleet modernization program for the retirement of high polluting vehicles. This bill would include car sharing and a mobility option, including compensation no less than $2,500.

Existing law provide vouchers to help California fleets to purchase hybrid and zero-emission trucks and buses. This bill would establish the Charge Ahead California Initiative, to place in service at least 1,000,000 zero-emission and near-zero-emission vehicles by January 1, 2023, and to increase access for disadvantaged, low-income, and moderate-income communities to zero-emission and near-zero-emission vehicles.

Legislative Outcome: 8/27/14: Passed Assembly, 53-24-2, including AYE vote by Rep. Lou Correa; 8/28/14: Passed Senate, 26-11-3; 9/21/14: signed by Governor Brown.

Source: California legislative voting records for SB 1275 Aug 27, 2014

Rob Astorino: Open the Monterey Shale to fracking for shale oil

Kashkari again called for opening the Monterey Shale to fracking for shale oil, saying it'll be a key part of the job boom California desperately needs. The nation's highest rents aren't in San Francisco or New York, he noted, but actually in a small North Dakota town at the epicenter of that state's fracking boom. A true climate-change response must be national or international in order to have any effect, he said.
Source: Inside Bay Area Buzz on 2014 California governor race Feb 21, 2014

Neel Kashkari: Climate change compelling, but do fracking & Monterey shale

Source: San Francisco Chronicle on 2014 California governor race Nov 14, 2013

Jerry Brown: Slow down fracking until scientific study is completed

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:Status:Passed House, 54-20-4; passed Senate 29-8-2; signed by Gov.Brown, 9/20/2013

OnTheIssues Explanation: "Fracking" extracts more oil and gas from otherwise non-productive wells. The controversy includes that fracking causes earthquakes (hence the "scientific study"), as well as issues about disposal of the large volumes of potentially toxic liquids used. This bill slows the implementation of fracking.

Source: California legislative voting records: SB 4 Sep 20, 2013

Kevin de Leon: Slow down fracking until scientific study is completed

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:Status:Passed House, 54-20-4; passed Senate 29-8-2; signed by Gov.Brown, 9/20/2013

OnTheIssues Explanation: "Fracking" extracts more oil and gas from otherwise non-productive wells. The controversy includes that fracking causes earthquakes (hence the "scientific study"), as well as issues about disposal of the large volumes of potentially toxic liquids used. This bill slows the implementation of fracking. (Kevin de Leon voted YEA).

Source: California legislative voting records: SB 4 Sep 11, 2013

Mark DeSaulnier: Slow down fracking until scientific study is completed

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:Status:Passed House, 54-20-4; passed Senate 29-8-2; signed by Gov.Brown, 9/20/2013

OnTheIssues Explanation: "Fracking" extracts more oil and gas from otherwise non-productive wells. The controversy includes that fracking causes earthquakes (hence the "scientific study"), as well as issues about disposal of the large volumes of potentially toxic liquids used. This bill slows the implementation of fracking. (Mark DeSaulnier voted YEA).

Source: California legislative voting records: SB 4 Sep 11, 2013

Mimi Walters: Voted NO on scientific study on fracking

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:Status:Passed House, 54-20-4; passed Senate 29-8-2; signed by Gov.Brown, 9/20/2013

OnTheIssues Explanation: "Fracking" extracts more oil and gas from otherwise non-productive wells. The controversy includes that fracking causes earthquakes (hence the "scientific study"), as well as issues about disposal of the large volumes of potentially toxic liquids used. This bill slows the implementation of fracking. (Mimi Walters voted NAY).

Source: California legislative voting records: SB 4 Sep 11, 2013

Norma Torres: Slow down fracking until scientific study is completed

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:Status:Passed House, 54-20-4; passed Senate 29-8-2; signed by Gov.Brown, 9/20/2013

OnTheIssues Explanation: "Fracking" extracts more oil and gas from otherwise non-productive wells. The controversy includes that fracking causes earthquakes (hence the "scientific study"), as well as issues about disposal of the large volumes of potentially toxic liquids used. This bill slows the implementation of fracking. (Norma Torres voted YEA).

Source: California legislative voting records: SB 4 Sep 11, 2013

Rocky Chavez: Voted NO on scientific study on fracking

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:Status:Passed House, 54-20-4; passed Senate 29-8-2; signed by Gov.Brown, 9/20/2013

OnTheIssues Explanation: "Fracking" extracts more oil and gas from otherwise non-productive wells. The controversy includes that fracking causes earthquakes (hence the "scientific study"), as well as issues about disposal of the large volumes of potentially toxic liquids used. This bill slows the implementation of fracking. (Rocky Chavez voted NAY).

Source: California legislative voting records: SB 4 Sep 11, 2013

Steve Knight: Voted NO on scientific study on fracking

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:Status:Passed House, 54-20-4; passed Senate 29-8-2; signed by Gov.Brown, 9/20/2013

OnTheIssues Explanation: "Fracking" extracts more oil and gas from otherwise non-productive wells. The controversy includes that fracking causes earthquakes (hence the "scientific study"), as well as issues about disposal of the large volumes of potentially toxic liquids used. This bill slows the implementation of fracking. (Steve Knight voted NAY).

Source: California legislative voting records: SB 4 Sep 11, 2013

Ted Lieu: Slow down fracking until scientific study is completed

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:Status:Passed House, 54-20-4; passed Senate 29-8-2; signed by Gov.Brown, 9/20/2013

OnTheIssues Explanation: "Fracking" extracts more oil and gas from otherwise non-productive wells. The controversy includes that fracking causes earthquakes (hence the "scientific study"), as well as issues about disposal of the large volumes of potentially toxic liquids used. This bill slows the implementation of fracking. (Ted Lieu voted YEA).

Source: California legislative voting records: SB 4 Sep 11, 2013

Travis Allen: Voted NO on awaiting scientific study before ok to fracking

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:Status:Passed House, 54-20-4; passed Senate 29-8-2; signed by Gov.Brown, 9/20/2013

OnTheIssues Explanation: "Fracking" extracts more oil and gas from otherwise non-productive wells. The controversy includes that fracking causes earthquakes (hence the "scientific study"), as well as issues about disposal of the large volumes of potentially toxic liquids used. This bill slows the implementation of fracking. (Travis Allen voted NAY).

Source: California legislative voting records: SB 4 Sep 11, 2013

Jimmy Gomez: Slow down fracking until scientific study is completed

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:Status:Passed House, 54-20-4; passed Senate 29-8-2; signed by Gov.Brown, 9/20/2013

OnTheIssues Explanation: "Fracking" extracts more oil and gas from otherwise non-productive wells. The controversy includes that fracking causes earthquakes (hence the "scientific study"), as well as issues about disposal of the large volumes of potentially toxic liquids used. This bill slows the implementation of fracking. (Jimmy Gomez voted YEA).

Source: California legislative voting records: SB 4 Sep 6, 2013

Jerry Brown: CO2 emissions could warm planet by 7 degrees

When we think about California's future, no long term liability presents as great a danger to our wellbeing as the buildup of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. According to the latest report from the World Bank, carbon dioxide emissions are the highest in 15 million years. At today's emissions rate, the planet could warm by more than 7 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the century, an event unknown in human experience. California is extremely vulnerable because of our Mediterranean climate, long coastline and reliance on snowpack for so much of our water supply.

Tipping points can be reached before we even know we have passed them. This is a different kind of challenge than we ever faced. It requires acting now even though the worst consequences are perhaps decades in the future.

Again California is leading the way. We are reducing emissions as required by AB 32 and we will meet our goal of getting carbon emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.

Source: 2013 State of the State address to California Legislature Jan 24, 2013

Alan Lowenthal: Restrict offshore drilling; regulate greenhouse gases

Q: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?

A: No.

Q: Do you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?

A: Yes.

Source: California Congressional 2012 Political Courage Test Oct 30, 2012

Gloria La Riva: International and domestic rules to reduce climate change

Q: Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?

Yes.

Q: Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?

Yes.

Q: Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?

No.

Q: Do you support domestic oil exploration in federally-protected areas?

No.

Source: California Congressional 2010 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2010

Julia Brownley: Switch from traditional energy to alternatives

Q: Should the state fund development of alternative energy?

A: Yes.

Q: Should the state fund development of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)?

A: No.

Q: Do you support providing financial incentives to farms that produce biofuel crops?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support state funding for improvements to California's energy infrastructure?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?

A: Yes.

Source: California Congressional 2010 Political Courage Test Oct 30, 2010

Carly Fiorina: Use every source, including nuclear and clean coal

In order to capture the innovation of entrepreneurs across the state who develop clean, green technology, we have to make sure our policies encourage them to locate in California and employ Californians.

We also need to use every source of energy we have, including nuclear power and natural gas to reduce our dependence on oil from other countries. At the same time, we need to build on advancements in technology that make clean coal more affordable and more realistic.

Source: 2010 Senate campaign website, carlyforcalifornia.com Dec 25, 2009

  • The above quotations are from State of California Politicians: Archives.
  • Click here for definitions & background information on Energy & Oil.
  • Click here for other issues (main summary page).
2016 Presidential contenders on Energy & Oil:
  Republicans:
Gov.Jeb Bush(FL)
Dr.Ben Carson(MD)
Gov.Chris Christie(NJ)
Sen.Ted Cruz(TX)
Carly Fiorina(CA)
Gov.Jim Gilmore(VA)
Sen.Lindsey Graham(SC)
Gov.Mike Huckabee(AR)
Gov.Bobby Jindal(LA)
Gov.John Kasich(OH)
Gov.Sarah Palin(AK)
Gov.George Pataki(NY)
Sen.Rand Paul(KY)
Gov.Rick Perry(TX)
Sen.Rob Portman(OH)
Sen.Marco Rubio(FL)
Sen.Rick Santorum(PA)
Donald Trump(NY)
Gov.Scott Walker(WI)
Democrats:
Gov.Lincoln Chafee(RI)
Secy.Hillary Clinton(NY)
V.P.Joe Biden(DE)
Gov.Martin O`Malley(MD)
Sen.Bernie Sanders(VT)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren(MA)
Sen.Jim Webb(VA)

2016 Third Party Candidates:
Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
Roseanne Barr(PF-HI)
Robert Steele(L-NY)
Dr.Jill Stein(G,MA)
Please consider a donation to OnTheIssues.org!
Click for details -- or send donations to:
1770 Mass Ave. #630, Cambridge MA 02140
E-mail: submit@OnTheIssues.org
(We rely on your support!)

Page last updated: Feb 12, 2018