CLCV Applauds Governor Newsom’s Historic Announcement to End All Oil Extraction and Ban Fracking, Calls on State Legislature to Follow

Press Release
April 23, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Stefanie Lao, [email protected] | 424.282.0922

OAKLAND, CA – The California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV) released the following statement in response to California Governor Gavin Newsom’s announcement to halt new fracking permits after 2024. The announcement includes that the California Geologic Energy Management (CalGEM) Division will initiate rulemaking to halt the issuance of fracking permits by 2024, and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) will evaluate how to phase out oil extraction by no later than 2045. These initiatives will become a part of California’s blueprint to achieve economy-wide carbon neutrality by 2045.

Today’s action follows Governor Newsom’s September 2020 executive order to reduce demand for fossil fuels by accelerating California’s transition away from gasoline-powered cars and trucks.

Statement from Mary Creasman, Chief Executive Officer, CLCV:

“Governor Newsom’s ban on fracking and announcement to phase out of oil extraction is the consistent leadership our state needs if we stand a chance of preventing major climate catastrophe. As wildfire season approaches, this is the critical next step that California must take in addressing the driving cause of the climate crisis head on--our dependence on oil and gas. We thank Governor Newsom for using the tools at his disposal to ensure the climate fight continues in California when corporate and special interests defeat critical legislative efforts.

As important as this action is, this is just a piece of the policy change that needs to happen this year. Millions of Californians, primarily low-income people of color, live near dangerous oil and gas extraction sites and can’t wait for their government to protect them from the public health impacts they are experiencing daily. The Legislature needs to do their job and pass Senate Bill 467 now. Today’s announcement is the beginning of the conversation when it comes to transitioning away from fossil fuels, and we will work with partners and leadership to expand these goals to gas, accelerate this transition to 2030 and 2035, and ensure communities most impacted health-wise and economically are supported and protected.”

We believe that radical change is necessary and only by transforming our political system will we create the opportunity to take bold action on climate change. We elect and cultivate environmental champions, turn election victories into policy wins, hold our lawmakers accountable, and build political power for change. We inspire hope and action and fight for equity and justice for all Californians. We are in the business of changing what’s possible. Join us at www.ecovote.org and on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. See more press releases.

Building Democracy. Electing Environmental Champions. Protecting Our Future.

We are California's voice, statewide and nationally, for bold climate action. We elect and cultivate environmental champions, turn election victories into policy wins, hold our lawmakers accountable, and build political power to transform our political system and achieve climate justice.

Learn More about our work