State of California Archives: on Environment


Jerry Brown: CA out front in addressing climate change

Besides the immediacy of the drought, there is the overarching threat of a warming climate. Incredibly--though last year was the hottest on record--there are still those who are in denial. The Paris climate agreement was a breakthrough and California was there leading the way. Over 100 states & provinces have now signed on to our Under 2 MOU. The goal is to bring per capita greenhouse gases down to two tons per person. This will take decades and vast innovation. But with SB 350, we're on our way.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to California legislature Jan 21, 2016

Tom Del Beccaro: Farmers bear the brunt of a plethora of regulations

Year after year, government policies have been aimed squarely at California farmers as if they are the bad guy. One of the greatest advancements in the history of mankind occurred when one region of the world was able to produce such a surplus of food that it was able to send it to less fortunate regions. In doing so, they helped to alleviate food shortages and starvation. For more than 100 years, California farmers have played a key role in that effort. You would think that such a valuable economic resource would be cherished, promoted and helped at every turn. Incredibly, that is not the case in California. Instead, the California farmer bears the brunt of many a legislative or regulatory bulldozer.

California Air Resources Board standards on sprinkler pumps; restrictions on insecticides, fungicides and fumigants; and a plethora of government agencies capped by one of the highest income tax rates in the nation--all combine to put us at an economic disadvantage.

Source: Forbes Magazine OpEd on 2016 California Senate race Jan 14, 2015

Pete Aguilar: Fight for more sustainable development

As Mayor of Redlands, I've fought for more sustainable development. I am firmly committed to strengthening our clean air and water standards, promoting investments in clean energy technology and strongly support a new passenger rail line to help reduce heavy traffic and pollution. Our children's future depends on it, and I am pleased to have the California League of Conservation Voters support my campaign for Congress.
Source: 2014 California House campaign website, PeteAguilar.com Nov 7, 2014

Ted Lieu: Expand resources for water recycling

Ted Lieu has been a champion for the environment:Ted Lieu's environmental priorities:
Source: 2014 California House campaign website, TedLieu.com Oct 10, 2014

Tom Del Beccaro: Increase water supplies rather than fining citizens

California is in the midst of one of its many droughts. To combat the current drought, the otherwise do-nothings of the California Water Resources Board are proposing to fine citizens they call "water hogs" $500 per day. Instead of fining helpless consumers, California's government should do its job for once and seriously increase water supplies. The California governments have done very little to significantly increase water supplies in over 40 years, even though its population has doubled during that period of time.

California has been subject to considerable droughts over the centuries, lasting up to 20 years in a row. The President and others are selling the canard that the current drought is the result of global warming or climate change. The fact that we had decades- long droughts years before industrialization doesn't matter to them as they bloviate over a drought of several years.

Source: Forbes magazine on 2016 California Senate race Jun 7, 2014

Jerry Brown: $25B for water-shortage farmland

The governor wants to see long-term solutions to the state's water shortage, possibly in the form of two 35-mile tunnels running under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, a $25 billion project that would eventually move water to a parched area of farmland. And this year, he will back a proposed ballot initiative that would direct state dollars into a rainy-day fund, money that could help the next governor deal with the next recession.

"I'm not interested in a Jerry Brown legacy, whatever the hell that might be," Brown said. His initiatives, he said, will help cope with an influx of millions of new residents over the forthcoming decades. "We're not a homogenous state where it's easy to have 60% or 70% of the people agree on things. There are divisions," he went on. "These are longer term, serious, societal commitments that help knit us together as a people."

Source: Washington Post on 2014 California gubernatorial race Feb 28, 2014

Rob Astorino: I love our natural beauty, but we need to find balance

A true climate-change response must be national or international in order to have any effect, Kashkari said, and a robust state economy will bring more tax revenues that can be spent in part on basic research into clean energy sources and other climate-change solutions. "I love our natural beauty, we have to protect the environment, but I believe we need to find the right balance," he said.
Source: Inside Bay Area Buzz on 2014 California governor race Feb 21, 2014

Jerry Brown: $48M for funding hybrid and zero-emission vehicles

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:Status:Passed House, 53-20-5; passed Senate 27-10-2; signed by Governor, 9/28/2013.
Source: California legislative voting records: SB 359 Sep 28, 2013

Mark DeSaulnier: $48M for funding hybrid and zero-emission vehicles

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:Status:Passed House, 53-20-5; passed Senate 27-10-2; signed by Governor, 9/28/2013. (Mark DeSaulnier voted YEA).
Source: California legislative voting records: SB 359 Sep 12, 2013

Mimi Walters: Voted NO on $48M for hybrid and zero-emission vehicles

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:Status:Passed House, 53-20-5; passed Senate 27-10-2; signed by Governor, 9/28/2013. (Mimi Walters voted NAY).
Source: California legislative voting records: SB 359 Sep 12, 2013

Norma Torres: $48M for funding hybrid and zero-emission vehicles

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:Status:Passed House, 53-20-5; passed Senate 27-10-2; signed by Governor, 9/28/2013. (Norma Torres voted YEA).
Source: California legislative voting records: SB 359 Sep 12, 2013

Rocky Chavez: Voted NO on $48M for hybrid and zero-emission vehicles

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:Status:Passed House, 53-20-5; passed Senate 27-10-2; signed by Governor, 9/28/2013. (Rock Chavez voted NAY).
Source: California legislative voting records: SB 359 Sep 12, 2013

Steve Knight: Voted NO on $48M for hybrid and zero-emission vehicles

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:Status:Passed House, 53-20-5; passed Senate 27-10-2; signed by Governor, 9/28/2013. (Steve Knight voted NAY).
Source: California legislative voting records: SB 359 Sep 12, 2013

Ted Lieu: $48M for funding hybrid and zero-emission vehicles

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:Status:Passed House, 53-20-5; passed Senate 27-10-2; signed by Governor, 9/28/2013. (Ted Lieu voted YEA).
Source: California legislative voting records: SB 359 Sep 12, 2013

Antonio Villaraigosa: Added 669 acres of open space & 1,549 miles of bikeways

To mark his time as mayor, his staff put together a 60-page book, titled "Straight from the Heart of L.A." that details his accomplishments over the past eight years. Among the accomplishments:
Source: Huffington Post on 2014 California Governor race Jun 23, 2013

Jerry Brown: $14B to build tunnels and restore San Joaquin Delta habitat

1/6 of our water flows through the San Joaquin Delta. If because of an earthquake, a 100-year storm or sea level rise, the Delta fails, the disaster would [cause] losses of at least $100 billion and 40,000 jobs. I am going to do whatever I can to make sure that does not happen. My proposed plan is 2 tunnels 30 miles long & 40 feet wide, designed to improve the ecology of the Delta, with almost 100 square miles of habitat restoration; [it will cost about] $14 billion. That is big but so is the problem.
Source: 2013 State of the State address to California Legislature Jan 24, 2013

Jerry Brown: Banned shark fin harvesting to protect sharks and ocean

Governor Brown signed legislation to protect the oceans and environment. AB 376 bans the possession and sale of shark fins in California. The practice of cutting the fins off of living sharks and dumping them in the ocean is not only cruel, but it harms the health of our oceans. Researchers estimate that some shark populations have declined by more than 90%, portending grave threats to our environment and commercial fishing. In the interest of future generations, I have signed this bill.
Source: California 2011 gubernatorial press release #17264 Oct 7, 2011

Gloria La Riva: Increase fuel efficiency standards; and don't build nukes

Q: Do you support strengthening fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles?

Yes.

Q: Do you support federal funding for the development of alternative energy?

Yes.

Q: Do you support the development of nuclear reactors?

No.

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

Arnold Schwarzenegger: $11B for water bonds to invest in future water flow

We here in this room made history with the most comprehensive water package in nearly half a century. We brought all the stakeholders together and we got it done.

And now we must work very hard so that we pass the $11 billion in water bonds that will be on the ballot this November. And Democrats and Republicans will have to travel up and down the state to educate the people of California why those bonds are so important.

Because some people say "how can we afford these bonds in the current economic climate?" I say, how can we not?

It is the law that you cannot build a school or that you cannot build a factory or that you cannot build an office building or a housing development without identifying first a source of water. Our economy cannot grow without water.

Now is exactly the time to invest in it, so that when Californians turn on that faucet there is safe and reliable and clean water coming out that tap and not just five years from now but 30, 40 and 50 years from now.

Source: California 2010 State of the State Address Jan 6, 2010

Bill Jones: Supports the ban on drilling oil off the California coast

California has the nation’s best environmental programs but the state is hurt by too many conflicting federal agencies and their rules. Jones supports the ban on drilling oil off the California coast and the federal government should buy out the remaining leases, as it has done in Florida. Also, federal environmental grants should be combined into a block grant to the State, to be spent on the critical environmental needs as identified by Californians.
Source: 2004 Senate campaign website JonesForCalifornia.com “Issues” May 2, 2004

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