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Legislation to requiring oil refiners to disclose profits per gallon monthly clears CA Assembly Natural Resources Committee

June 28, 2022 By Ramona du Houx A bill requiring oil refiners to disclose their per gallon profits monthly passed out of the California Assembly Natural Resources Committee by a vote of 8 – 3. The legislation has already passed out of the California Senate by a vote of 22 – 4. SB 1322 (Allen) requires the oil refiners to disclose monthly their refining profits — the difference between average cost they pay for a barrel crude oil and the average price they charge for the finished barrel of gasoline, minus their expenses. With 42 gallons in a barrel, the public will know exactly how much oil refiners make per gallon of gas in California. “For my refinery community, this […]

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EOPA, an organization of thousands of U.S. elected officials, says the climate crisis will never be solved unless America achieves equity and equality  

June 19, 2022 Elected Officials to Protect America celebrates Juneteenth as a historic victory for human rights and the end of chattel slavery.  This seminal holiday stands as a milestone for how far we have come as a nation but also reminds us that systemic racism and oppression still exist. As an organization dedicated to the values of diversity, equity […]

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New standards for national electric vehicle charging network

JUNE 09, 2022 •White House fact sheet Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Investments to Enable Families to Plug-In, Charge Up, and Drive Across America Today, the Biden-Harris Administration is announcing new steps to meet President Biden’s goal to build out the first-ever national network of 500,000 electric vehicle chargers along America’s highways and in communities, a key piece of the Bipartisan Infrastructure […]

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NOAA warns: Carbon Dioxide in atmosphere reaches highest levels in millions of years

June 8, 2022 NOAA warns that human activities, like the burning of fossil fuels, deforestation, agriculture, and cement manufacturing, are contributing to heightened levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide along with other greenhouse gases. Together, these emissions trap heat that would otherwise escape Earth, leading to extreme heat and weather events like flooding, hurricanes, wildfires, and droughts. Carbon dioxide measured at NOAA’s […]

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President Biden use of Defense Production Act signals positive direction for clean energy economy

Executive Action Should Curb Fossil Fuels, Declare Climate Emergency June 6, 2022 WASHINGTON— President Biden signaled a major shift in climate strategy today, announcing executive actions that use the Defense Production Act to manufacture solar panel components, heat pumps, insulation, and grid transformers needed to speed the country toward renewable energy. “This is a tremendous sea change in the Biden administration’s approach […]

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President Biden takes Executive Action to spur domestic clean energy manufacturing

Fact Sheet from the White House June 6, 2022 Historic Actions Include Authorizing Defense Production Act to Lower Energy Costs, Strengthen Power Grid, and Create Good-Paying Jobs Today’s clean energy technologies are a critical part of the arsenal we must harness to lower energy costs for families, reduce risks to our power grid, and tackle the urgent crisis of a […]

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White House action plan on global water security

June 1, 2022 The White House Action Plan on Global Water Security plan will harness the resources of the U.S. government—from leveraging science and technology to informing our diplomacy, defense, and development efforts—to advance progress toward global water security goals. The plan will engage partner countries, civil society, and the private sector to support a more water-secure world for all. Vice […]

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Deputy Secretary of Defense Dr. Kathleen Hicks’ on Global Water Security Action Plan

JUNE 1, 2022 Remarks by Deputy Secretary of Defense Dr. Kathleen Hicks’ on the rollout of the Biden-Harris administration Global Water Security Action Plan Well, good afternoon, everyone.  I want to thank Vice President Harris for the opportunity to be here and be part of today’s discussion – one that is focused on U.S. government efforts to promote water security.    Water security is critical to national security.   At the Department of Defense, we know firsthand that this is true.  Water security is necessary to carry out our missions at home and abroad. This is because water insecurity, including the impacts of floods and drought; can create unprecedented challenges for governments; affect the demands on, and functionality of, military […]

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Los Angeles environmental justice activist Nalleli Cobo wins prestigious Global Prize for Environmental Leadership

May 25, 2022 LOS ANGELES — Today, Los Angeles resident and environmental justice activist Nalleli Cobo, 21, received the Goldman Environmental Prize for her work to end neighborhood oil drilling in South Los Angeles and across California. The Goldman Environmental Prize is awarded to grassroots environmental champions from around the world who take significant action to combat climate change and […]

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Pres. Biden makes climate victory agreements while visiting Asia. 

 May 24, 2022 Ramona du Houx President Joe Biden will return from his visit to the Indo-Pacific region with stronger international climate pledges from allies and the promise of a new battery plant for electric vehicles in Georgia. His Indo-Pacific Economic Framework is designed to signal U.S. dedication to the region and address the need for stability in commerce after […]

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Strategic CA Growth Council launches application process for round 1 of the Regional Climate Collaboratives

May 12, 2022 The California Strategic Growth Council (SGC) invites Pre-Proposals for Round 1 of the Regional Climate Collaboratives Program (RCC). This new capacity building grant program funds community-rooted and cross-sectoral partners to develop the processes, plans, and projects that will drive and sustain climate action in their communities. In this first round, SGC has $8.35 million available for grant awards and applicants have flexibility in requesting their funding amount with the range of $500,000–$1750,000. notice of funding availability How to Apply Multiple partners will form a collaborative and submit a single application based on a shared vision. Eligible applicants for RCC include, but are not limited to, the following: California Native American Tribes Community-based organizations Foundations Joint-powers authorities Local governments […]

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CA invites applications for projects to protect agricultural land forever, reduce emissions

May, 2022 The California Strategic Growth Council (SGC) and the Department of Conservation (DOC) invite applications for Round 8 of the Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program (SALC). While the total amount available in Round 8 of the Cap-and-Trade-funded program has yet to be determined, funds available in SALC’s seventh round last year totaled nearly $66 million. The funding enables successful applicants to develop plans […]

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Biden administration Justice40 week of action highlights $29 billion worth of investments in overburdened and underserved communities

White House Office of Management and Budget released a snapshot of over $29 billion in new funding opportunity notifications and announcements that the Biden-Harris Administration has already rolled out to deliver on the Justice40 Initiative— MAY 23, 2022• STATEMENTS AND RELEASES from the White House White House announces that over $29 billion in funding opportunities have already incorporated Justice40 considerations President Biden’s […]

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Dangerous amounts of methane found In Northeast Bakersfield, CA, near homes and school leaking from oil wells

May 19, 2022 Bakersfield, CA — An inspector from the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District confirmed that two idled oil wells next to residential neighborhoods in Bakersfield are leaking massive volumes of methane. One well showed emissions at a minimum of 50,000 parts per million (ppm), the maximum level the inspector’s device could record, and another well at […]