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Contentious Oregon Climate Plan Takes Lessons From California’s Mistakes

Oregon is on track to become the second U.S. state to pass an economywide cap-and-trade system to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. But while emulating the first such program (in California), Oregon also hopes to avoid repeating its mistakes. Oregon’s plan, like California’s, would set a cap on greenhouse gas emissions that would come down over time. It would also create a market for companies to buy and trade a limited number of pollution permits. Ultimately, it aims to reduce emissions to 80% below 1990 levels by 2050….

After a gas leak forced an evacuation in Arvin, California, residents decided to fight back

Arvin, California is in Kern County, one of the top oil-producing areas in the U.S. Five years ago, a gas pipeline leak in Arvin forced dozens of residents from their homes for months. Flores: “Right there and then, community members said this is a bigger problem, and we need to solve it….

City needs to set aside funds for impacted communities

The city of Bakersfield has more money than ever before to handle local affairs. The increase in funds can be attributed in large part to the November 2018 passage of Measure N, a local general sales tax measure that projected a growth upwards of $50 million annually. Now that first year accruals are more accurately calculated, the city has a fiscal year 2019-2020 operating budget of $514,882,666 — an increase of $75,074,691 from last year…

California Gov. Gavin Newsom asked for so much in his first state budget that he spent nearly two hours discussing it with reporters in January. Nearly six months later, he’s about to get much of what he wanted….

California’s oil and gas regulators get an “F’ grade in environmental justice report

The California Environmental Justice Alliance (CEJA) today gave the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR), the state organization charged with regulating the oil and gas industry, an “F” grade for continuing to neglect the needs of environmental justice and low-income communities in the organization’s  third annual Environmental Justice Agency Assessment for 2018…

Opinion: California’s trucks should be smog-checked like cars

As a respiratory therapist, I am deeply concerned that California has the worst air quality in the nation.  That’s bad news for everyone – but especially bad for hundreds of thousands of Bay Area residents the American Lung Association says are particularly vulnerable to the pollutants we’re spewing into our air…

Climate Change Versus Clean Water: A Battle Over California Funds

Combat climate change, or clean up California’s water? Those alarmed by the Legislature’s decision to dip into a greenhouse gas fund to pay for clean drinking water may need to get used to it: constitutional restrictions on spending that money are set to expire in 2021….

Kamala Harris on Climate Change: Where the Candidate Stands

Sen. Kamala Harris is just the latest example of a presidential candidate using a newly won Senate seat as a launching pad, but her political profile was built in California, a state where environmental and climate policy rank high on the agenda….

Is burning trash a good way to dispose of it? Waste incineration in charts

Burning trash has a long history in the United States, and municipal solid waste incinerators have sparked resistance in many places. As an environmental justice scholar who works directly with low-income and communities of color, I see incineration as a poor waste management option….

New Bureau of Environmental Justice Seeking Funding and Enforcement Power?

In February of 2018, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra created the Bureau of Environmental Justice within the Environment Section at the California Department of Justice. The mission of this agency within an agency is “to protect people and communities that endure a disproportionate share of environmental pollution and public health hazards. This will be accomplished through oversight, investigation, and enforcement of the law,” the DOJ states…