On Friday, Governor Brown signed SB 4, a dangerous and misguided bill that green-lights massively expanded fracking in California — the single largest environmental threat facing our state.
Not only did Governor Brown sign the bill — taking a big step toward a new era of toxic pollution, water-scarcity and climate-fueled extreme weather in California — he stomped on the fracking gas pedal, pledging to speed up approval of fracking projects and even bulk-approve multiple projects at the same time, instead of considering their individual risks.
Governor Brown’s enthusiastic support of SB4 is starkly hypocritical given his stated commitment to developing clean energy and fighting climate change, and given his achievements during his first term as Governor, promoting energy efficiency, standing up to oil companies, and protecting our coast from offshore drilling.
It seems like Jerry Brown has changed. Unless he does an about face and bans fracking, Governor Brown’s risks going down in history as the governor who sacrificed California’s precious water and helped Big Oil unleash massive quantities of carbon pollution, even in the face of the growing threat of drought and wildfires.
We have to hold Governor Brown accountable for this terrible decision, and urge him to change his mind and ban fracking - for the sake of our health, and his own legacy of environmental progress.
Jerry Brown: Is this how you want to go down? Urge Governor Brown to reverse course and ban fracking.
The fight against fracking isn’t over. Now that SB 4 is law, it’s all the more urgent that we escalate our pressure on Governor Brown to change course and ban fracking.
We’ll also continue supporting local activists fighting to ban fracking in their cities and counties. In the wake of Governor Brown signing SB 4, each local ban will be a referendum on his shameful failure to lead on this issue.
Finally, we’ll work to hold accountable the legislators who sent Governor Brown this dangerous bill in the first place. SB 4 passed with wide margins in both the Assembly and the Senate, and our elected officials need to hear from us that their votes were totally unacceptable and they need to change course and fight for a ban instead.
Against all odds—and the politicians’ conventional wisdom—we’ve been able to hold in place a moratorium on fracking in New York State. And we can win one in California, too, if enough of us fight back.