On-Going: 100% Renewable Energy in CA by 2045 (SB 100) Needs Help!

Aug 5, 2017

Once again in California we have a chance to set the pace for renewable energy.  SB 100 is a bill that has passed the state Senate and has 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 the above link and look at the most recent one, scrolling to the bottom of it, you can see the latest list of who is for it and who is against this bill.

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 create 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?  There is where we all come in.  Yes, Marc Levine is likely voting for this (though he has not yet committed to as of 8/11) and Mike McGuire (you can thank him) already has. But what else Marc Levine does to help get this passed is important and it is good to let him know how you feel.

This is the Senate President Pro Tem Kevin DeLeon’s bill and he has fought hard, standing up to Big OIl, and deserves a great deal of credit.

So the first step to help would be to call (916 319-2010) or write Marc Levine and urge him to vote for this bill when it comes to the floor in late August or September and to ask him to encourage other Assemblymembers, who are being lobbied by the opposition, to join him in doing so.

Writing a Letter to the Editor to a newspaper is important to create the buzz and excitement needed to show we still have the “right kind of energy”, to show Trump and Washington that there is a better way.  We have “Vote for SB 100” postcards that you can personalize and send (just call Ken at 415 935-9030) if you want to do that.

Keep looking here for more actions to take soon.