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California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) on Friday led a multistate coalition in filing a lawsuit challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision to regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from airplanes at a level that would result in no reductions in emissions as compared to business-as-usual…

Newsom budget hurts environmental justice programs

Governor Gavin Newsom’s 2021 budget proposes shifting money from environmental equity programs to fire prevention, a move that has angered advocates…

How the Biden-Harris Administration Can Fight Climate Change and Structural Racism

It’s a new year and as always, I hope that it brings better things for all of us. I’m still reeling from a truly traumatizing 2020, a year of racial awakening and multiple, overlapping crises that were severely felt in Black and Brown communities…

Health, Environmental Groups File Lawsuit Challenging Trump Administration’s Air Toxics Loophole

Ten health and environmental groups from around the country filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia today opposing the Trump administration’s creation of a loophole for large emitters of dangerous air pollution…

Lawsuit Launched to Fight Trump EPA’s Delay in Reducing Air Pollution From Oil, Methane Gas Industries in California, Chicago

Two conservation groups filed a formal notice today of their intent to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to require adequate pollution controls for the oil and methane gas industry in Chicago and six areas of California — together home to more than 26 million people. Many of these areas already have some of the worst air quality in the country…

Democrats look to pass environmental justice package

Climate change and environmental justice will be early priorities for the new Biden administration and Democratic Congress, House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis Chairwoman Kathy Castor (D-Fla.) said yesterday…

In 2020, Californians dealt with historic wildfires, extreme heat, and power blackouts, all in the midst of a pandemic…

Politicians join industry’s campaign against phasing out California oil production

California’s petroleum industry kicked off a public campaign Wednesday aimed at fending off efforts in Sacramento to scale back in-state oil and natural gas production…

Two Years Later, Newsom Has Failed on Climate

It’s been two years since Gavin Newsom was elected California’s Governor, and the Golden State’s outlook on climate and the environment has never been grimmer…

Microgrids are coming — will they increase inequities?

Dramatic decreases in the costs of solar and battery energy storage coupled with rapidly advancing data processing capabilities make widespread deployment of microgrids all but inevitable…