Wed 10/31: This is scarier than anything that will come to your door tonight. Last day to comment on this environmental travesty.

On Tuesday, we asked people to comment on a proposed rollback of CA’s Clean Car Standards (Due 10/26), reminding us that even during the distractions of this election season, the Trump administrations’ efforts to push all of our environmental protections through a regulatory shredding machine, continues without pause. We need to gather our wits, our computers and smartphones, and keep fighting on this moving battle line.

Action – Comment on Trumps’ proposal to replace the “Clean Power Plan” (CPP) with his criminally inferior “Affordable Clean Energy” (ACE) plan. – DEADLINE OCT. 31st. 11:59 EST

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Thurs 10/25: All Trump’s “Affordable” power plan will cost us are the lives of 1400 of our most vulnerable. Every year.

On Tuesday, we asked people to comment on a proposed rollback of CA’s Clean Car Standards (Due 10/26), reminding us that even during the distractions of this election season, the Trump administrations’ efforts to push all of our environmental protections through a regulatory shredding machine, continues without pause. We need to gather our wits, our computers and smartphones, and keep fighting on this moving battle line.

Action – Comment on Trumps’ proposal to replace the “Clean Power Plan” (CPP) with his criminally inferior “Affordable Clean Energy” (ACE) plan. – DEADLINE OCT. 31st. 11:59 EST

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Fri 9/7: Get ready for the Climate March tomorrow. Dress like fire.

Facebook link. RSVP link. Host’s website link.

Please join RISE VENTURA at the beach near the parking garage and pier at 2:00. Here, we will spell out VOTE for a photo op before we march up to City Hall. The march will end behind City Hall in the parking lot, where we will spell out RISE and send up a drone to capture the image with the Botanical Gardens behind us.

Bring your signs and your spirit! Also, bring hats, sunscreen, and water. (Free refills will be available at the end of the march.)

We will have several extra signs as well as some sign-making materials for those who need them.

Participants are encouraged to wear yellow, orange, or red to the event.

PLEASE RSVP so that we know how many people are coming AND invite your friends and family! Hope to see you there! Remember, to change everything, it takes everyone!

Fri – 7/27: The fight over liability for tragedies like the Thomas Fire is almost over…join in now!

(Photo of site of Hawaiian Village Apartments, Ventura, CA)

Make this call immediately!

California investor-owned utilities, including Southern California Edison, are working at the State Capitol to change California’s liability laws to shield themselves from financial liability if they are found responsible for the devastating recent fires in the State, including the Thomas Fire and the mudslides it caused. Their proposed legislation,  AB 33, has already passed the CA Assembly and is heading into its final state Senate votes.

How are they doing this?

Along with Governor Brown, PG&E and SCE are lobbying Sacramento to change California’s application of inverse condemnation law to investor-owned utilities (IOUs) like themselves. They are also trying to have California pass a bond measure that would require ratepayers to reimburse the bonds used to finance wildfire settlements.

What is “inverse condemnation”?

First, let’s start with a term most of us already know –  “Eminent Domain”, where the government has the power to force the sale of private property for a public project or use provided that the owner is paid just conpensation. Governments with eminent domain power can sue defendants to force “direct condemnation“.”Inverse condemnation” switches the parties around, with the property owner suing the government for a taking of private property without eminent domain procedures and without payment of compensation. This can included temporary taking/occupation such as flooding.

Is inverse condemnation a new thing?

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Tues 5/22: Make large retirement funds acknowledge the risks of climate change. Due 5/24!

(Shared from Indivisible Berkeley)

SB-964 Public Employees’ Retirement Fund and Teachers’ Retirement Fund: investments: climate-related financial risk.

Minimal Script:

“Hi, my name is (name) and I live at (street,city and zip). I am very worried about climate change and the harm it is causing. I am calling to urge the Committee to move SB 964 to a vote in May, so it can proceed to the full Senate. By requiring CALPERS and CALSTRS to consider climate-related financial risk for all their investments, this bill should prod all companies to calculate their financial risk from climate change. Because SB 964 requires that CALPERS and CALSTRS publicly report on the climate related financial risk of all the companies in its portfolios this bill will also focus public attention on the economic damage fossil fuels are creating and the importance of transitioning away from fossil fuels as fast as is feasible.”

Send your comment to Committee Analyst:
Robert Ingenito
robert.ingenito@sen.ca.gov

Background

CALPERS is the largest public pension plan in the country and CALSTRS is the second largest. Together their portfolios are worth $560 billion. Their size gives them tremendous influence. More and more data is becoming available making it possible to link fossil fuel companies to their share of climate change. Several lawsuits, Continue reading “Tues 5/22: Make large retirement funds acknowledge the risks of climate change. Due 5/24!”

LAST DAY to combat climate change deniers & fossil-fuel-industry shills trying to get on the EPA Science Advisory board! -9/28

You may think it doesn’t matter if climate deniers take over our scientific review committees.

“Under Pruitt, the agency has already removed a Web page devoted to climate change science that presented the scientific consensus view that it is largely caused by humans, and Pruitt has endorsed the idea of a “Red Team”/“Blue Team” exercise, in which a group of outside critics would interrogate the validity of mainstream scientific conclusions. The agency also has begun taking steps to roll back Obama-era climate regulations, while President Trump has proposed deep cuts to climate research.” (wapo)

You may think that no one in their right mind would write in to defend these people…so you can just relax…

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Release the OFFICIAL National Climate Assessment Report/Reinstate the National Climate Advisory Committee because…duh! 9/15

Minimal Script: I am calling Sen.[Feinstein/Harris] and Rep. [Brownley,Carbajal] to demand the official release of the National Climate Special Report, a comprehensive scientific assessment of climate change impacts, and to urge the reinstatement of the National Climate Assessment Advisory Committee which develops policy based on the Report’s findings.

More script if you want it: The committee already leaked their draft because they were afraid it would be suppressed. We taxpayers have already paid for it, now we want the government to act on it.

Call Senator Feinstein: DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430

AND Senator Harris: DC (202) 224-3553, LA (213) 894-5000, SAC (916) 448-2787, Fresno (559) 497-5109, SF (415) 355-9041, SD (619) 239-3884

Other Senator Contacts: http://www.phoneyourrep.com

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