Australia fires, California fires – it’s time to end fossil fuel production!

  • Published on February 13th, 2020

With Australians reeling from apocalyptic fires and California’s increasingly deadly fire season stoked by the looming climate crisis, a bipartisan group of elected officials across the state will stand in solidarity with the people of Australia and urge Governor Newsom to take emergency action at a press conference on the south steps of the State Capitol in Sacramento today at 11 a.m., according to a press advisory from Elected Officials to Protect California.


By Dan Bacher

“The bipartisan group of mayors, county supervisors, and local elected officials will ask Governor Gavin Newsom to “show love for California” and enact a comprehensive Climate Emergency Plan to phase out the production and burning of oil and gas in California. Fossil fuel production drives the climate crisis and kills 12,000 Californians each year.

Governor Newsom’s recent moratorium on new fracking permits and partial moratorium on steam-injection oil drilling is important, but is only a first step. The officials will urge the Governor to end permits for all new oil and gas drilling, enact 2,500 foot public health setbacks, and fast-track the transition to 100% clean, renewable energy in all sectors — now.

On Valentine’s Day in Sacramento, the officials will deliver their letter to Governor Newsom signed by more than 300 local elected officials from 49 counties, including 74 mayors, and highlight policies local governments are enacting to phase out fossil fuel production and burning. They will urge Governor Newsom to show his love for California by acting immediately to protect it from the climate crisis.

According to Jane Fonda, on February 5, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti agreed to three points that are also the EOPCA goals during a phone conversation with two witnesses. She made the announcement at her climate rally in Los Angeles February 7.

It’s time for the Governor to step up.

Fires are only one sign of the growing devastation Californians are experiencing while the state fails to take emergency action. As the effects of the climate crisis mount, Californians will suffer more droughts, coastal erosion, and deadly heat waves. Extreme weather conditions will also overwhelm infrastructure and put countless lives at risk. The UN has stated we only have 10 years to transition to clean renewable energy to advert the extreme climate events from becoming the norm.

WHAT: Press Conference in Sacramento,CA.

WHEN: 11:00 a.m., Friday, February 14th, 2020

WHO:  Elected Officials to Protect California

Mayor Rex Parris, City of Lancaster

Mayor Randall Stone, City of Chico

Mayor Brett Lee, City of Davis

Supervisor Monica Brown, Solano County District 2

Councilmember Felipe Perez, City of Firebaugh

Councilmember Ann Schneider, City of Millbrae

Councilmember Gleam Davis, City of Santa Monica

Additional Local California elected officials

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About Elected Officials to Protect California: 

Elected Officials to Protect California is a statewide, non-partisan network of hundreds of California elected officials from nearly every county across the state committed to protecting communities, public health, and climate for all they represent. The network strongly urges Governor Newsom to outline a plan to move California beyond the fossil fuel industry to ensure a safe, healthy, and prosperous state for all Californians.”


Christian Brock, Elected Officials to Protect California, (707) 500-0422

Event Date: February 14, 2020


About the Author

Dan Bacher is an environmental journalist in Sacramento who focuses on California's water issues, a healthy environment for the salmon fishery of the Northwest, and the attempts by big agriculture and big oil to hog all the water.