In this year when the climate crisis has stepped on the gas, throwing more and worse extreme weather events at everyone around the world, including especially Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, and the more than 70 wildfires burning up the Northwest, including the iconic Columbia Gorge, the California State Senate, led by President Pro Tem Kevin De Leon, has introduced a historic climate change bill designed to turn our climate emissions around by requiring the State move to 100% renewable energy.
SB 100 accelerates the existing renewable energy targets to 60 percent RPS by 2030, and requires retail energy sellers to plan, model, and invest over the next 28 years to reach the 100% clean, zero carbon, and renewable energy target.
This is a critically important effort. We need more aggressive cuts in emissions to get us anywhere near the pathways that limit the worst impacts of climate change. Those impacts will hit home in all of California’s neighborhoods, affecting our already-stressed water supply, air quality, public health, coasts, fisheries, agricultural communities, power reliability, and many other issues.
The State Senate approved SB-100 over the last few months and now it must get through the even tougher Assembly BY TOMORROW.
Assemblymembers, including Chris Holden, Jim Patterson, Autumn Burke, Rocky J. Chavez, Phillip Chen, Brian Dahle, Susan Talamantes Eggman, Vince Fong, Cristina Garcia, Eduardo Garcia, Al Muratsuchi, Bill Quirk, Eloise Gomez Reyes, Miguel Santiago and Philip Ting are all on the Assembly Energy Committee and are reportedly holding up the historic and oh-so-necessary SB-100. The oil industry is actively swaying Assemblymembers with large contributions and trips to Hawaii, acts which a couple years ago helped kill off an important groundwater protection-from-oil wastewater bill, AB-356 (Williams).
But you can help.
Call them all NOW: (Also, find your own representative and be sure to let them know you are calling from their district: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/.
Chris Holden (Chair) – (916) 319-2041 – https://a41.asmdc.org/
Assemblymember Holden represents a district that stretches from Pasadena in the West to Upland in the East and includes the communities of Altadena, Claremont, La Verne, Monrovia, Rancho Cucamonga, San Dimas, Sierra Madre, and South Pasadena.
Jim Patterson (Vice Chair) – (916) 319-2023 – https://ad23.asmrc.org/
Assemblymember Jim Patterson represents the 23rd Assembly District which covers portions of Fresno and Tulare counties.
Autumn Burke – (916) 319-2062 – https://a62.asmdc.org/
Assemblymember Burke represents the cities of Inglewood, Hawthorne, Lawndale, El Segundo, and Gardena, the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Westchester, Playa del Rey, Playa Vista, Venice, and Del Rey, and the communities of Del Aire, West Athens, Lennox, Westmont, and Marina del Rey.
Phillip Chen – (916) 319-2055 – https://ad55.asmrc.org/
Assemblymember Chen represents Yorba Linda, La Habra, Rowland Heights, Diamond Bar, and includes parts of Chino Hills State Park.
Brian Dahle – (916) 319-2001 – https://ad01.asmrc.org/
Assemblymember Dahle represents a rural district consisting of Lassen County, Modoc County, Nevada County, Plumas County, Shasta County, Sierra County, Siskiyou County, and parts of Butte County and Placer County.
Susan Talamantes Eggman – (916) 319-2013 – https://a13.asmdc.org/
Assemblymember Talamantes Eggman represent the 13th Assembly District, which draws together the San Joaquin Delta communities of Stockton, Tracy, Thornton and Mountain House, and western San Joaquin County.
Vince Fong – (916) 319-2034 – https://ad34.asmrc.org/
Assemblymember Vince Fong was elected to represent the 34th Assembly District, which encompasses most of Kern County including Bakersfield, Bear Valley Springs, China Lake, Frazier Park, Golden Hills, Inyokern, Lebec, Oildale, Ridgecrest, Taft, and Tehachapi.
Rocky Chavez – (916)319-2076 – https://ad76.asmrc.org/
Assemblymember Rocky Chavez represents the 76th Assembly District which includes Camp Pendleton, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Oceanside and Vista.
Cristina Garcia – (916) 319-2058 – https://a58.asmdc.org/
Assemblymember Cristina Garcia represents California’s 58th Assembly District, which includes the cities of Artesia, Bellflower, Bell Gardens, Cerritos, Commerce, Downey, Montebello, Pico Rivera and Norwalk.
Eduardo Garcia – (916) 319-2056 – https://a56.asmdc.org/
The 56th Assembly District comprises a number of cities and unincorporated communities in eastern Riverside County and Imperial County, including Blythe, Brawley, Bermuda Dunes, Calexico, Calipatria, Cathedral City, Coachella, Desert Hot Springs, El Centro, Holtville, Imperial, Indio, Mecca, Oasis, North Shore, Salton Sea, Thermal, Thousand Palms, and Westmorland.
Al Muratsuchi – (916) 319-2066 – https://a66.asmdc.org/
The 66th Assembly District includes El Camino Village, Gardena, Harbor City, Harbor Gateway, Hermosa Beach, Lomita, Los Angeles, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, Torrance, and West Carson.
Bill Quirk – (916) 319-2020 – https://a20.asmdc.org/
Assemblymember Bill Quirk represents the 20th Assembly District, which consists of Hayward, Union City, Castro Valley, San Lorenzo, Ashland, Cherryland, Fairview, Sunol and North Fremont.
Eloise Gomez Reyes – (916) 319-2047 – https://a47.asmdc.org/
Assemblymember Eloise Gomez Reyes represents California’s 47th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Colton, Fontana, Grand Terrace, Rialto, San Bernardino, and the unincorporated communities of Bloomington and Muscoy.
Miguel Santiago – (916) 319-2053 – https://a53.asmdc.org/
Assemblymember Miguel Santiago represents California’s 53rd Assembly District, which includes downtown Los Angeles, Koreatown, Mid-Wilshire, Boyle Heights, Pico Union, MacArthur Park, Westlake, Little Tokyo and the cities of Huntington Park and Vernon.
Philip Y. Ting – (916) 319-2019 – https://a19.asmdc.org/
Assemblymember Philip Ting represents the 19th Assembly District, which spans the Westside of San Francisco as well as the communities of Broadmoor, Colma, Daly City, and South San Francisco.
Talking Points for SB-100:
Assemblymember ______, it is vitally important for you to vote yes for SB-100 (De Leon, et al). California must continue its strong climate leadership if we are to have any hope to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions in time to keep the climate safe, which is vital, because…
- Climate change is getting worse by the day, as evidenced by more extreme weather events around the world, including Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, which have wreck havoc upon cities, not unlike our own, here in the United States. Low income and communities of color are and continue to be the most impacted by climate chaos. The costs to address these disasters are staggering and are affecting all of us.
- The Los Angeles Times reported on a study which said that our historic drought has been made from 8% to 27% worse by climate change.
- UCLA came out with a study called “Mid-Century Warming in the Los Angeles Region,” which says that we will have a drastic increase in the number of extreme heat days over the next few decades: the number of days when the temperature will climb above 95 degrees will increase two to four times, depending on the location. Those days will roughly double on the coast, triple in downtown Los Angeles and Pasadena, and quadruple in Woodland Hills and the inland areas.
- Extreme heat and drought will severely impact low- and middle-income communities and underserved communities the most. Sensitive populations such as the elderly and young children will have serious health impacts, including death.
- The Centers for Disease Control reports that public health can be affected by climate disruptions of physical, biological, and ecological systems, including disturbances originating here and elsewhere. The health effects of these disruptions include increased respiratory and cardiovascular disease, injuries and premature deaths related to extreme weather events, changes in the prevalence and geographical distribution of food- and water-borne illnesses and other infectious diseases, and threats to mental health.
- According to the Joint Chiefs of Staff and other top U.S. security officials, climate change is a top national security threat.