Becoming true climate leaders
California has historically pursued efforts to promote energy conservation and has made increases in renewable energy. Despite decades of progress regulating vehicle and greenhouse gas emissions, California continues to extract and burn some of the dirtiest, most carbon-intensive oil in the nation.
We cannot solve the daunting problem of climate change without addressing fossil fuel extraction. Governor Brown has proclaimed that to prevent the worst effects of global warming, “one-third of the oil that we know exists as reserves can never be taken out of the ground.” Yet, we keep pumping. To slow climate change we must keep these fossil fuels in the ground. California must lead by example.