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Calif. rooftop solar fight could shift industry’s future

A debate in California over rooftop solar may serve as a national litmus test for whether clean energy can scale up without creating inequitable costs for customers. Home to more rooftop solar capacity than any other state, California was a pioneer in adopting net metering, a system in place in many states that allows people with solar panels to sell excess power to the grid…

Low-income Californians must help state set climate change, economic justice goals

As a Central Valley farmer, I experience some of the most serious issues facing our state on a daily basis: climate change-fueled drought, navigating some of the strictest regulations, the painfully high cost of doing business and, most importantly, the erasure of struggling communities…

Oil & Gas Scorecard will document industry’s influence on California politics

The scorecard looks at the last nine years of financial contributions from the oil and gas industry and climate voting records. Environmental justice coalition VISION, co-sponsor of SB 467, is hosting a webinar to share the results of their scorecard next Wednesday. Here’s the news advisory…

Heat, Smoke and Covid Are Battering the Workers Who Feed America

Work began in the dark. At 4 a.m., Briseida Flores could make out a fire burning in the distance. Floodlights illuminated the fields. And shoulder to shoulder with dozens of others, Ms. Flores pushed into the rows of corn. Swiftly, they plucked. One after the other. First under the lights, then by the first rays of daylight…

Development of clean energy should be linked to needs and benefits of low-income communities

Last August, hundreds of thousands of Californians saw their lights go out when climate change produced a record-breaking heatwave that drove peak electricity demand to unsustainable levels…

California Launches Updated Environmental Justice Screening Tool

As we have explained, environmental justice will be a central focus of the Biden-Harris administration…

The Fossil Fuel Industry’s Last Stand in California Oil Country

One of the state’s most polluted counties is poised to rubber stamp new oil and gas wells for decades to come—putting its most vulnerable residents at risk…

Will Valley air district actually enforce new restrictions on agricultural burning?

While California air quality officials recently set a deadline to phase out nearly all agricultural burning in the San Joaquin Valley by 2025, it doesn’t necessarily mean preventable smoke will stop choking rural communities soon…

The road to clean air

Take a virtual road trip through California to see the stories and hometowns of members of the Allies in Reducing Emissions (AIRE) Collaborative…

2021-2022 California Environmental Legislation: What’s Been Introduced?

Climate change and wildfire prevention remain top priorities, while environmental justice issues gain more attention…