SACRAMENTO, Calif. – “With all due respect for the work the Governor has achieved in our race to save humanity from these calamities — it’s not enough. Only he has the power with the stroke of a pen to take bolder action that would achieve the goals EOPA California has outlined,” the group said in a statement.
The group cites the United Nations 2022 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report that warns that nations simply are not doing enough to protect their people from the effects of climate change.
July 19, 2022
Offshore wind has the potential to provide more than 2,000 gigawatts (GW) of energy in the United States — two times the present generation of the entire U.S. electric grid, according to a National Renewable Energy Laboratory estimate. It’s stronger and more consistent than onshore wind day and night. Hence, the Biden Administration offshore wind development plans are moving forward with momentum from coast-to-coast, but more could be done.
“Climate change is undeniable for anyone who lives in a coastal community. But I’m hopeful because Governor Murphy is taking action to mitigate the problem, and thousands of green energy skilled jobs will be created in the process,” said Atlantic County Commissioner Caren Fitzpatrick, EOPA New Jersey Leadership Council.
Momentum is building to get offshore wind farms developed along the California coast in the waters off San Luis Obispo and Humboldt Counties. One estimate from the National Renewable Laboratory said offshore wind in the U.S. could someday provide double the current generation of the country’s entire electric grid.
Morro Bay Mayor John Headding spoke at the press conference and reiterated his support for offshore wind as a way to produce renewable energy and stimulate the economy. But he also said the federal process for getting this done has not been easy. Read Full Article Here
OpEd: Debbie Sariñana
November 12, 2021
The climate crisis drives conflict and instability. As an Air Force veteran, I don’t want to see any more deployments, that result from wars born from climate change events. Instead, the world needs to wage the war on climate change.
U.S. Secretary Jennifer Granholm spoke on how imperative it is to cut carbon pollution by deploying more clean energy capacity. Specifically, we need to move from coal, and all fossil fuels to clean energy. While the coal industry is on the way out worldwide, we need to move five times faster to meet the IPCC goal. Read Full Article Here
Opinion: Alex Cornell du Houx – November 7, 2021
The climate crisis is a national security threat, which the Department of Defense and other national security experts have also recognized. Recently, over 100 lawmakers who are veterans and frontline leaders attended a White House summit on the climate crisis, urging for a National Climate Plan and Emergency Declaration Order to address the climate emergency.
From Maine’s forests to coasts, climate change is harming our state. Northern Maine is in the middle of a drought, which this past summer was tough on industries across the state. If we fail to act on climate, our state’s iconic lobster industry will be devastated due to rapid warming in the Gulf of Maine. Meanwhile, coastal cities like Portland will only continue to experience increasingly frequent and severe flooding, harming families and businesses.
Story By Mario A. Rodrígruez, November 6, 2021
Durante la COP 26, Murdock trabajó en proyectos de ley para limitar el uso de plásticos de un solo uso y proteger a los habitantes de Carolina del Norte de las emisiones de gases contaminantes que dañan la atmósfera. Lea el artículo completo aquí
During COP 26, Murdock worked on bills to limit the use of single-use plastics and protect the inhabitants of North Carolina from emissions of polluting gases that damage the atmosphere. Read Full Article Here
Story By State Rep. Greta Neubauer, October 10, 2021
Every family in Wisconsin deserves to be able to trust the water coming from their pipes and have access to the digital economy. That is why Building Back Better replaces 100% of lead pipes in our community and expands high-speed internet to 100% of the state. President Biden is fighting so that everyone has the opportunity for academic and economic success, no matter where they live.
Oct 10, 2021, The Journal Times
Story By Ramona du Houx, September 14, 2021
On September 14th over 137 lawmakers, some who are also veterans, attended an Elected Officials to Protect America (EOPA) White House Summit on the climate crisis supporting urgent climate solutions and a Presidential Climate Emergency Declaration. Such a declaration would be the most immediate way forward.
Story By Jon Hurdle, July 14, 2021
On July 1, the Board of Public Utilities awarded its second offshore wind solicitation for two new wind farms off Ocean and Cape May Counties that will generate a total of 2,650 megawatts. Coupled with an already permitted wind farm that will generate 1,100 megawatts off Atlantic City, a forest of giant turbines will produce enough electricity to power 1.6 million homes by about 2028.
In July 2021, NJ Spotlight News
Story By Dan Bacher, July 1, 2021
Water access in the Golden State is under threat of becoming more limited for everyday use like drinking, sanitation, and agricultural needs. Fields will have to be fallowed, freshwater ecosystems are facing catastrophe, and communities are bracing for water shortages. The current drought has outpaced the state’s devastating 2012-16 drought which left some residents having to rely on water trucks to bring in water in Kern County.
July 1, 2021, Red Green and Blue
Story By Ramona du Houx, February 25, 2021
A recent study from Harvard University, in collaboration with universities in England, found that world-wide one in five premature deaths can be attributed to fossil fuel air pollution. According to this new research, over 350,000 people in the United States died in 2018 from fossil fuel air pollution prematurely – numbers three times higher than previously suggested by other studies.
February 2021 Protect Earth Newsmagazine
Story By Sammy Roth, Sept. 9, 2020
A group called Elected Officials to Protect California — which has garnered support from more than 300 local politicians — was even more critical, accusing Newsom last week of “shadow dancing” on climate change. The group wants the governor to require 2,500-foot buffer zones around all oil and gas wells, and to accelerate the transition to 100% clean energy.
In September 2020 Los Angeles Times .
Story By Urban Mayors Press, Summer 2020
“Low-income communities, communities of color, and people with disabilities have long suffered from air pollution caused by vehicle emissions. It’s time for bold leadership. We need mayors and local elected officials to advocate for transportation options that work for the health and needs of every community.”
In July 2020 Urban Mayors Press.
“Protesters on both coasts have an idea: calling on Newsom to halt fracking and new drilling, a demand that former Gov. Jerry Brown fended off throughout his environmentally groundbreaking tenure. The dream for environmentalists and scores of elected officials is that Newsom flexes his executive muscle to cut back fossil fuel production — if not an outright extraction ban, then perhaps more stringent requirements that wells be a certain distance from homes and schools (as would have been required by a bill whose death this year was a triumph for both the energy industry and labor).”
June 22, 2022
The United States produces more oil and refined products, natural gas and coal than we consume. Yet prices at the pump continue to skyrocket, showing exactly why we can never drill our way to true energy security. Fossil fuels are globally traded commodities, which leaves the U.S. economy dangerously exposed to the vagaries and volatility of energy prices. These threats to America’s economic national security will persist as long as our homes, businesses and industry remain dependent on fossil fuels. Only by reducing our use of oil and gas can we insulate America’s economy from fossil fuel price shocks and achieve true energy independence.