Groundswell: CLCV Blog

Oct 28, 2014

Our annual California Environmental Scorecard is now live!

Oct 17, 2014

Prop 1 isn't perfect, but it's a sound investment in protecting California’s environment and economy for future generations.

Oct 9, 2014

On this beautiful, sunny, monumental October day, President Obama used his authority under the Antiquities Act to establish nearly 350,000 acres of national forest land in the San Gabriel Mountains in southern California as a national monument.

Oct 8, 2014

Editor's Note: We're thrilled to share the breaking news that on Friday October 10, President Obama is expected to announce he is using his executive authority to designate the San Gabriel Mountains as a national monument.

Some places seem much smaller to you as an adult than how you remembered them as a child. The San Gabriel Mountains is not one of these places.

Sep 30, 2014

This is big, California!

Governor Jerry Brown just signed into law the statewide ban on single-use plastic bags, SB 270! Californians who care about protecting our environment and ending the scourge of wasteful, polluting plastic bags in our beautiful state -- that's YOU -- made the difference. This is your victory and you should be proud of our movement.

Sep 26, 2014

We see it happening every election. A member of the legislature fights for clean air and clean water on behalf of his constituents. Then he courageously stands up to Big Oil and its relentless army of lobbyists in Sacramento. And what happens? Big Oil decides it needs to take him out and spends a ridiculous amount of money to try to elect someone who won’t represent his constituents.

Sep 16, 2014

Just minutes ago, I stood in Governor Jerry Brown's office while he signed historic legislation regulating California groundwater.

Incredibly, until today, California was the only western state without groundwater regulations. For decades, Californians have used more groundwater than we have replenished, and water levels have dropped at an alarming rate. In the current drought, as other water resources have declined, groundwater has been supplying more than half of California’s water needs.

Sep 5, 2014

At a press conference today, the California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV) and the national League of Conservation Voters (LCV) announced a new campaign, The Price We All Pay, to curb the influence of polluter money in elections. As part of the campaign, the groups are urging California members of Congress to co-sponsor the Government by the People Act, and are raising awareness of the impacts of polluter money in politics at a time of record climate change impacts nationwide.

Aug 29, 2014

I'm proud to share this breaking news: The state legislature just passed the statewide ban on single-use plastic bags, SB 270! The final vote to send it to the governor's desk was a late-night concurrence vote, 22-15 in the State Senate, just minutes ago.

Aug 19, 2014

Today, several environmental, labor, and other groups delivered a letter to Attorney General Kamala Harris, writing on behalf of millions of our California members to express strong concerns about the potential manipulation of gasoline prices by oil companies, as transportation fuels come under the greenhouse gas emissions cap created by AB 32, California's landmark climate and clean energy law.


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2016 California Environmental Scorecard

New for the 2016 legislative session: The 43rd annual California Environmental Scorecard rates elected officials on 2016, another successful year for the environment in spite of heavy opposition from polluting industry.

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