On-Going: Help Pass SB 100 for 100% Clean Energy by 2045 – It’s Back Now and Struggling
In California we have a chance to set the pace for renewable energy. SB 100 is a bill that has passed the state Senate last year and moved to the Assembly where bills like this can have a tougher time as that is where Big OIl, Big Ag and Investor Owned Utilities can use their money and influence to stop them. SB 100 – you can read it by clicking on the link – sets a goal of California providing all (100%, thus the bill number) its electricity through zero-carbon resources by the end of 2045. It also resets some interim goals in stone as RPS (our Renewable Portfolio Standard) for before then. An example is 60% by 2030 instead of current 50%. If you click on the Bill Analysis in this link and look at the most recent one, scrolling to the bottom of it, you can see the latest list of who was for it and who was against this bill. As of March 21st this year, a new website put together by all the group sponsors is up and quite useful: https://ca100.org/
|A couple of 350 Bay Area legislative team were among those thanked by Senator De Leon on July 13, when the bill passed in Natural Resources Committee 7-0|
It appears big money is going into defeating this as business models may have to change and Big anything does not like doing that. But people want this. It creates lots of jobs and sets California to be a technology and innovator leader into the future. And people in California stand with the Paris Accords and want to stop climate chaos. So how do we get this passed in this legislative session? It was pulled back into the Assembly Utilities and Energy Committee last year by its Chair, a Democrat, Chris Holden. It got mixed up in the failed effort by the Governor to pass a grid regionalization bill AB 813 (a very controversial bill) at the end of the session last year and that is appearing to happen so far this year. There is where we all come in. We are right now throughout 350 Bay Area and our allies figuring out the best strategy to pass this bill but calling your legislator and asking them to work to keep SB 100 “clean” (free of amendments that would either weaken it or destroy it) would be one thing. Marc Levine has not been clear yet on this bill.
This picture shows former Senate President Pro Tem Kevin DeLeon’s bill and he has fought hard, standing up to Big OIl, and deserves a great deal of praise for what he tries to do and maybe some of your thoughts when you decide on who to vote for for US Senate in June.
Keep looking here for more actions to take soon. One thing you can do if you are part of a group that has not signed on in support is do that HERE and then click on volunteer if you want to work with the legislative campaign (there are trainings) on this or other bills related to climate change in CA.