Statement from California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV) CEO Sarah Rose on SB 350 and petroleum reduction

Press Release
September 10, 2015

Contact: Jenesse Miller, 510-844-0235 or [email protected]

Statement by California League of Conservation Voters CEO Sarah Rose on changes to SB 350:

“Along with many allies in the public health and environmental communities, we are deeply disappointed that the oil industry’s multi-million dollar campaign of deceit persuaded several lawmakers, some of whom represent the most polluted districts in the state, to withhold support for an important component of SB 350 – namely, the reduction of petroleum by 50% by the year 2030. We are proud that Governor Jerry Brown, Pro Tem Kevin de León and Speaker Toni Atkins refused to allow the oil industry to succeed in watering down the authority of the California Air Resources Board to protect the quality of our air. The good news is the oil industry will ultimately lose this fight. Californians overwhelmingly want a cleaner, healthier future that looks like the goals outlined in SB 350 and SB 32. They reject the Western State Petroleum Association’s dark version of California where we are shackled to dirty fossil fuels. We remain steadfast in fighting to pass SB 350 and SB 32 and other climate policies and in working to clean our air, transition to clean energy, and build healthy communities that are resilient to the threat of climate change.”

The political muscle of the environmental movement in America’s leading environmental state, the California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV) is the nation’s oldest grassroots environmental political action organization. CLCV uses sophisticated campaign tools to help elect pro-environment officials and to hold them accountable for passing legislation to protect health, communities and the environment. CLCV publishes the annual California Environmental Scorecard, which rates the actions of every state legislator and the governor on the state’s environmental priorities each legislative year. See more press releases.

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