No new oil & gas permits in California. Period.

September 20, 2023
California's leaders can't just talk the talk, they need to walk the walk.
Kern River Oil Field, the most dense oilfield in the United States. Thousands of pumpjacks in the town of Bakersfield, California.

Earlier this month, California formally endorsed the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty. That’s huge. California’s status as a major player in the global economy and a leading fossil fuel producer lends enormous weight to the movement for a global Fossil Fuel Treaty.

But California’s leaders can’t just talk the talk, they need to walk the walk. They must provide relief for frontline communities being poisoned by fossil fuels and actually decrease California’s enormous climate footprint.

We give California credit for taking a historic stand against fossil fuels – and now it’s time for the state and its leaders to put their money where their mouth is.

Sign the petition to Governor Newsom urging him to stop issuing new oil and gas permits and take other concrete actions within his power to phase out fossil fuels.

California’s groundbreaking resolution on the need for a global Fossil Fuel Treaty also contains the following lines:
California agrees with the principle of the nonproliferation of fossil fuels and the need to end the expansion of new coal, oil, and gas production
California affirms the need for a plan to phase out existing fossil fuel production that prioritizes the most impacted workers

Which begs the question – how can California commit to those principles while still approving new oil and gas wells? How do you phase out existing production and protect workers without a statewide just transition plan?

The answer is simple – it can’t.

The community has a proven track record of beating the fossil fuel industry in California. We blocked Trump’s massive dredging project in the San Francisco Bay that would have allowed for oil tankers full of tar sands. We prevented numerous oil train proposals up and down the state. Most recently, we got the state to call for a global Fossil Fuel Treaty to address the climate crisis with the scale and urgency required.

Now, we’re going to get Governor Newsom to commit to concrete policies to transition California away from fossil fuels and into a future powered by renewables.

Call on Gov. Newsom: No more oil and gas permits

It's time for California to take transformative action against climate change.

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