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Community Choice Energy-Next Step for Environmental Justice AND Economic Development

Community Choice Energy presents the opportunity to be part of the transition to energy independence faster than what we can expect from staying with the monopoly electricity provider SoCal Edison. Oxnard in particular has faced an endless stream of environmental injustices. With what looks like a victory against the Puente Power Plant the opportunity now arises for a definitive shift away from noxious fossil fuels to clean energy.

 

The time to act is now for Ventura County and its ten cities, especially Oxnard, to move ahead to join a Community Choice Energy Aggregation. The quickest option that promises greater immediate competitiveness with SoCalEdison is to join Los Angeles County Community Choice Energy or LACCE. Oxnard being the largest user of electricity of any city cannot afford to lose out on the benefits of local control of clean, resilient, cost-effective energy development. The long-range forecast with SoCalEdison is higher rates and less ambition to develop local renewable energy.

 

By choosing to join LACCE, every resident will have a choice of 30%, 50%, or 100% renewable energy in their electricity mix. The time to join, at no cost whatsoever to a City, is by Dec. 27, with a ninety day trial period in which Oxnard can opt-out with no consequence.

 

The feasibility of local jurisdictions competing with SoCalEdison is proven. Several cities and counties across the state already maintain successful CCE’s, including: Marin, Sonoma, San Francisco, San Mateo County, and Lancaster. The neighboring cities of Calabasas and Agoura Hills have signed up with LACCE. Every CCE in the state has been found to be a feasible, positive choice. The drop-out rate among consumers community choice energy in those areas is less than 9%, with the majority of consumers enjoying cheaper energy and the comfort of knowing that they are contributing to a clean energy revolution that also stimulates local clean energy generation projects and energy efficiency programs that mean good local jobs.

 

If you want your community owning it’s own locally controlled energy program, please speak to your elected officials to ask that joining a CCE, such as LACCE, become an agenda item for discussion at your city council. Recommend to your city manager to study the options, and urge your county supervisor to support Community Choice Energy.

 

Arrive early to your City Council meeting and fill out a speaker card and give it to the Clerk at the front. You will be given anywhere from 1, 2 or 3 minutes to speak depending on how many speakers are signed in. Make it personal. Speak from the heart. We want local control of our energy with the chance for local projects and jobs that help us get off of fossil fuels.

Events

Monday July 17 Call Senator Jackson & Asm Limon: 25 Reasons to Oppose AB398 Cap-and-Trade Bill

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Governor Brown’s Cap and Trade bill AB398 made it through the Senate Committee on Environmental Quality last Thursday.  It falls short on many levels.  We agree with the Governor on the urgency and importance of good climate policy and that carbon pricing is the most effective and efficient tool for reducing emissions, but we disagree that AB398 is the best path forward.

The Governor and many legislators are saying this is the best they could do to craft a bill capable of getting a 2/3rds vote. Not one environmental justice group supports this bill. Environmental justice leaders have formed a coalition of over 50 organizations who oppose this bill, including the California Environmental Justice Alliance, Sierra Club, the Courage Campaign350.org and more. They believe it is bad for the climate due to ineffective pricing and bad for clean air as it pre-empts ARB and local air district authority to regulate carbon emissions from refineries and other big polluters.

If AB398 passes, it would take a flawed carbon pricing system and make it worse. Locking in free allowances, carrying over a huge surplus from the current program, and continuing a low floor price mean that we are unlikely to meet our 2030 climate goals. Plus, the program will not protect low- and middle-income Californians from price increases, and instead gives corporate tax breaks and free allowances. We think California can do better.

We think there is time –this year or next — to create a better bill and build the coalition necessary to achieve a 2/3rds vote. We have California’s emissions reductions mandate SB32. This process is about designing the best way to achieve those reductions.

The Senate and Assembly votes on AB398 have already been scheduled for around noon on Monday, July 17, and the Assembly will likely vote immediately after.

Our Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson and Assembly Member Monique Limon have serious concerns about this bill and they want to hear from us!  We want them to vote by their principles, and we can let them know we agree.

Can you pick up the phone and call tonight or in the morning? Even if you have called – they need to hear from you again. If you feel strongly about this bill now is the time to act.

Tell your legislators to Vote NO on AB 398 

Senator Jackson’s Oxnard Office 988-1940 @SenHannahBeth
Assembly Member Limon’s Ventura Office 641-3700 @AsmMoniqueLimon 

HBJ                                      monique limon bigger

25 Reasons to Oppose AB398

 

  1. The lawmaking process excluded participation by many respected climate policy experts and the public.
  1. Growing concern about climate means growing political will to stand up for the economy as a whole against the oil industry: A majority want a carbon tax and 2/3 favor when they know funds are returned to households. https://www.eenews.net/stories/1060016859. REMI shows a more comprehensive transition to clean energy the more revenues are returned to households. SB775 proposed 60% to 90% to a Climate Dividend Fund over the decade.
  1. Not passing AB398 would arguably open the way for better policy: A rush to pass a weak bill is a gamble reflecting cynicism about the electorate’s capacity to learn and seek climate solutions.
  1. We need accessible, substantiated economic forecasting of household impacts with all assumptions clearly explained in order to decide this type of policy: Without data people cannot judge whether a rising price of carbon with dividends is better for them than rising prices of products covered by various rules with no dividends.
  1. AB398 is a fake cap-and-trade policy: A cap-and-trade policy is supposed to be a market mechanism to raise the price of carbon. The ARB gave away so many free allowances and AB398 leaves them in the market, so that the price of carbon is unlikely to be able to rise. ARB leadership and Senators in the Senate EQ hearing on Thursday, July 13, agreed that California’s cap-and-trade is essentially raising funds, mainly from oil refiners in exchange for them remaining in California polluting as usual.
  1. Leading economists say that nations will achieve reductions most cost-effectively by putting a rising price on carbon and filling in with regulations as needed: Case studies show that carbon taxes have reduced emissions more than cap-and-trade. SB775 as a hybrid cap-and-trade bill that, due to a rising floor and no loopholes, functions like a carbon tax. Such an approach is thought by experts to be the most efficient to reduce emissions. https://cleantechnica.com/2017/05/29/leading-economist-conclude-strong-carbon-price-vital-meeting-global-climate-goals/.
  1. Climate leaders are advised to follow the 2016 guidance of the High-Level Commission on Carbon Prices by the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition at Marrakesh. The AB398 policy that pretends to raise the price of carbon without doing so is not a respectable achievement to experts worldwide. This bill shows California exemplifying how an oil refining center is unable to enact a rising price on carbon. It abdicates leadership for strong, efficient model policy.
  1. Leadership for a market-based mechanism consequently must be the role of the U.S. Congress.
  1. Reducing offsets from 8% to 4% does not adequately reduce pollution in communities hosting big emitters: There are no teeth in AB617 to stop the still large amount of pollution allowed to be offset. ARB’s Environmental Justice Advisory Committee recommended that offsets must be approved case by case and not go to a carbon registry. The local community must be allowed to decide how they want that money spent in exchange for ongoing air pollution. Sending half the offsets out of state via the registries is a gift of cheaper offsets to polluters that perpetuates injustice to frontline communities.
  1. ARB responds to big emitter demands, especially oil refiners: ARB has given oil refineries approximately 86 megatons of free emission allowances. A glut of free allowances prevents a rising price as explained in Danny Cullenward’s paper: Hot air and offsets in California’s post-2020 carbon market. Allowance holders will wait for a market some years hence, whereas we need the steady reduction of emissions at least by 2020, especially from transportation.
  1. AB 398 makes it illegal under state law to control greenhouse gases (GHGs) from oil refineries by any means other than cap-and-trade: It essentially exempts refineries from GHG emission limits.
  1. Oil refiners have benefited from the free allowances to process cheaper, dirty crude oil and boost their exports of polluting fuels that Californians do not and will not need.
  1. Oil refiners have exceeded otherwise achievable emission rates whereas, had they been directly regulated, they might have come in lower than the cap and made more progress with technological innovation. The refinery and refined fuel combustion emission rates were 33 Megatons and 175 Megaton of GHGs (CO2 e) respectively. A review of direct regulation versus emissions trading makes a case for rules, not trading: http://grist.org/article/emissions-trading-a-mixed-record-with-plenty-of-failures/
  1. Excess GHG increments allowed by ARB from refineries from 2013-2015 unfairly approaches the total to be emitted from all sources in 2050. Approximately 69 Mt/yr approaches the 80 percent emission reduction goal of 86 MT/yr making it impossible for the rest to achieve the target.
  1. Co-pollutants from refineries have caused increased illness, premature death rates, reduced work and school attendance, and other harms impacting low-income communities of color near the refineries.
  1. Refiners have pursued expansion plans that can operate for decades and further increase emissions with the blessing of AB398. They can claim that statute never discouraged their expansion plans.
  1. California’s plateau in emissions was not achieved by cap-and-trade. It was achieved by the economic slowdown along with LCFS and other rules: ARB responded to Senator Stern’s question in the EQ hearing by saying that they are planning to achieve all of their emissions reductions through the LCFS, RPS, EV incentives. freight and truck programs, etc., not by the caps from AB398.
  1. ARB proposed a viable “No Cap-and-Trade” scenario in the 2030 Scoping Plan. It shows goals are feasible, just more expensive. That fact alone contradicts the governor’s claim that we need this bill to save humanity from climate change.
  1. More revenue would come from raising the price of carbon: We should collect the revenues before the oil industry crashes from lack of demand which some say could happen before 2030. Forecasting shows that a real price on carbon would bring in enough to cover the 25% for the high speed train and other investments as well as a majority put into the economy. We need more investment capital now to jumpstart more technologies that should then be proven in the marketplace, Just Transition training programs, planning for adaptation, and redressing environmental injustices.
  1. AB398’s tax breaks for fire protection and research by utilities depletes funds that are unlikely to increase. Unless there is a rising price of carbon those compromise amendment tax breaks steal from investments most needed for a smooth transition.
  1. ARB’s 2030 Scoping Plan says that directly controlling refinery emissions is more effective whether there is cap-and-trade or not. This was observed by Bay Area Air Quality Management District and CBE.
  1. ARB may be exaggerating the lead time needed to revise what they are doing. The beauty of SB775 is that it respects the infrastructure of the auctioning process. It just eliminates the loopholes and implements a rising floor price which simplifies what they have been doing, raises more money so they can spend their time targeting investments.
  1. Allowing the bill to go to next year, an election year, would create space to debate the issues and candidates that show shared values. Voters need that much time to learn. Rushing the negotiation keeps them ignorant and hopeless about the issues. People must be informed in order to participate in the transition. ARB can educate about the social benefits of weaning ourselves off of fossil fuels (and dairy and meat products) via a Climate Dividend Fund for protection during the transition.
  1. AB617 is not a strong enough air quality bill to be an acceptable trade for passing AB398: Even Asm Cristina Garcia apparently believes the best thing AB617 does is organize better monitoring data. With a maximum penalty of $5,000 and a directive to ARB to establish a clearinghouse, encourage development of local programs and expedite a schedule for certain covered facilities for “best achievable retrofit control technology” the law just perpetuates the argument about what level of air quality clean-up a company is capable of achieving an will likely require lawsuits to stop the pollution.
  1. Air Quality Districts oppose both bills because together they prohibit raising standards for CO2 without consequential increased mandate for enforcement.

In summary, AB398 increases the probability of severe toxic pollution impacts, worsening environmental injustice, an irrelevance to meeting SB32 goals and targets, and reflects a weak example of climate policy. Compiled by Jan Dietrick with some points in this list drawn from and referenced in the report of Communities for a Better Environment: http://www.cbecal.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/California27s-Gift-to-Big-Oil%E2%80%94CBE-rpt071217.pdf . A shorter set of reasons with a link to tell legislators to vote NO on Monday can be found at http://calfact.org/take-action/.

Events

VC CLIMATE HUB MONTHLY MEETING THURSDAY, JUNE 8, 7 – 8:30 PM

 (Doors open 6:30)
Unitarian Universalist Church of Ventura, 5654 Ralston St, Ventura
Hopefully somebody will livestream again on Ventura County Climate Hub Facebook page.
Millions are upset about Trump’s choice to make America a rogue nation regarding climate action. Governors and Mayors are mobilizing to honor the Paris to reduce total emissions from 2005 levels by at least 26% by 2025.
Local action can mobilize OUR state, county and cities to protect the climate by stopping new fossil fuel projects and moving to 100% renewable energy as soon as possible.
·         Unless and until we get Community Choice Energy, our county and cities’ renewable energy goals will be hard to achieve. A technical study that will inform the county and all ten cities what kind of new utility we will have. Linda Hillman will report.
·         Unless and until we strengthen the state Cap and Trade program, state emissions reduction goals will be hard to achieve. Jan Dietrick and Todd Shuman will describe how SB775 addresses weaknesses of the current plan and how individuals can support Senators who are more determined than Governor Brown for emissions reductions with environmental justice.
·         Unless and until Ventura County and it s cities create Climate Action Plans that are ambitious and well-funded to meet measurable, technically feasible goals, we will not be ABLE to do our part to uphold the Paris Accord.

Education Take Action

CITIZENS’ CLIMATE LOBBY – BUGFARM TOUR, POTLUCK & DISCUSSION

SATURDAY, JUNE 17
108 Orchard Dr, Ventura, CA 93001, park on Orchard or in upper parking lot by oil well and walk south, downhill through double chain link gate, duck into the patio on right.
3:30  p.m. Rincon-Vitova Insectaries and Dietrick Institute for Applied Insect Ecology Tour
5:00 Jan & Ron’s 20th Wedding Anniversary Potluck Dinner Party
6-8 pm Social and Discussion on Community Action for Climate Solutions
RSVP to Jan Dietrick, ventura@citizensclimatelobby.org–specify for the tour, for the dinner &/or for the social & discussion.

Education Events

CITIZENS’ CLIMATE LOBBY JOINT MEETING SANTA BARBARA AND VENTURA CHAPTERS

SATURDAY, JUNE 10, 9-12:00
Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara, 1535 Santa Barbara St, Blake Lounge
The Ventura Chapter is going to visit the Santa Barbara Chapter. Call Jan if you want to ride with her and Cara, leaving West Ventura at 8:35! Learn about new developments, talk with people interested in solutions to climate change, and find out what we can do to help.
Agenda: 9:00 Optional coffee and morning snacks, 9:30 Introductions and orientation, 10:00 Watch live video conference call with Guest Speaker, 10:45 Action plans
If you will be coming, reply to: elenakey@cox.net   to help them plan for coffee and snacks.
Congressman Ted Deutch is our Guest on the live National Call — Democratic co-chair of the House Climate Solutions Caucus with an overview of the caucus’ activities and where progress is happening between Republicans and Democrats on climate.
Local HUB member Vicki Paul will be in DC leading the Lobby Team-Pacific Island Territories to see staff of Non-Voting House Members from Guam, American Samoa and Northern Marianas. Sea level rise is on the agenda. That’s why we aren’t meeting at Vicki’s house Saturday. She is busy!

Education

KEEP OUR AIR CLEAN! BILINGUAL VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR CANVASING IN OXNARD

CFROG / FWW CANVASING IN OXNARD
Thursday, June 8, 6pm-8pm
Do you speak Spanish and want to be in the trenches instead of at the UU Church on Thursday learning about how to push our state , county and cities to a clean energy future?
Our other intern Karina Kaye will be leading a canvass on Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday and Sunday, June 10 and 11
Join FWW Intern Noemi on Saturday and at Oxnard College Swap Meet on Sundays is a good place for canvassing and reaching a large crowd. Contact tomasrebecchi@fwwatch.org,  message Tomas Morales Rebecchi on Facebook, and come to the Open House on Wednesday to learn more about the canvassing.

Take Action

PHONE-BANKING FOR SB775 – UPGRADE CA’S CAP & TRADE

CALIFORNIANS FOR A CARBON TAX (CALFACT)  
PHONE-BANKING FOR SB775 – UPGRADE CA’S CAP & TRADE
SUNDAY, JUNE 11, NOON TIL 4 PM
Volunteers needed to phone climate supporters in swing districts in California to email their Senators in support of SB775. Learn more at Thursday’s Climate Hub meeting and at CalFACT.org. CalFACT is aligned with the Environmental Justice Movement in its fight to reform carbon pricing policy. It phases out the loopholes and distributes part of the revenue as Climate Dividends to protect low income households, along with separate funds for Climate Research and Climate Investments. Contact: Jan Dietrick 805-746-5365, ventura@citizensclimatelobby.org for West Ventura address for phone-banking.

Volunteer

“WE WANT A CLIMATE ACTION PLAN – 100% RENEWABLE ENERGY BY 2035”

VENTURA COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION WORK SESSION
THURSDAY, JUNE 8, 5:30-8:30 P.M.
Ventura County Board of Supervisors Hearing Room, Administration Building, County Government Center, 800 Victoria, Ventura, southwest parking lot.
Fill out Public Comment Cards. Some of us must leave at 6:30 for the Climate Hub Meeting down the street (it was advertised in too many places to cancel it). CFROG and some others will stay at the Planning Commission.
The Planning Department refuses to fast-track the Climate Action Plan. Our county has no goals or target dates to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or transition to 100% renewable energy.  Local government sluggishness about climate action must change.
Who will livestream on Facebook VC Climate Hub page?
Signs 8.5 X 11, no sticks, blue and green theme.
“Fast Track Climate Action Plan”
“100% Clean Energy 2035”
“Stop New Oil Drilling”
“Reward for Healthy Soil”
To seriously follow the General Plan Update process, check out the vc2040.org site. What they decide in the next three years will guide the next 20 years. Here is the current set of documents for all sections of the General Plan: http://vc2040.org/documents/. Apparently these are not on this week’s agenda; what is on Thursday’s agenda is what we value: Let’s tell them!
Sign up for General Plan updates: http://vc2040.org/subscribe-for-more-information/

Events

May Monthly Hub Meeting May 11, Thur 6:30

“Out with the Old, In with the New”

WHAT:  The Ventura County Climate Hub invites the public to hear leaders of two partner organizations working on ‘Out with the Old, In with the New’ energy economy.

Citizens for Responsible Oil and Gas (CFROG) will talk about their campaign to oppose permits for new oil wells in Oxnard. They are recruiting volunteers to do canvasing in the affected neighborhood and collect signatures for a petition to the county.

Craig Whan and Robert Perry of the World Business Academy will return to present the latest know-how for transition away from fossil fuels towards clean energy.

WHO:   Ventura County Climate Hub is a grassroots, non-partisan local affiliate of 350. org with 26 local partner organizations and hundreds of people engaged in the full spectrum of ways to reverse climate change. Partner organizations like CFROG and World Business Academy report on their actions and campaigns at monthly meetings and in other events and media.

Special guests Robert Perry and Craig Whan do energy research to get rid of California’s nuclear power plants, stand up for ratepayers interests at CA Public Utilities Commission, and champion a plan for 100% renewable energy in CA. Robert directs the Safe Energy Project including current and emerging energy generation, transmission and distribution, microgrid and storage systems that can integrate for maximum efficiency. Craig has a focus on helping Ventura County and its cities shape the new Central Coast Power utility to maximize renewable and distributed and integrated energy systems. This knowledge will help us fight the Puente Power Plant and win community support for the new Central Coast Power program.

WHEN:  Thursday, May 11. Doors open 6:30 for connecting with friends. Meeting at 7:00 to 8:45 p.m.

WHERE:  Unitarian-Universalist Church of Ventura, 5654 Ralston St, Ventura, 93003, rear parking lot to Fellowship Hall.

WHY: The days of dirty energy will be shortened by every effort we make to stop fossil fuel extraction. The good news is that clean energy technology is here—the know-how and resources just need to be mobilized to create a thriving economy with safe energy. The only thing missing is the will to change government policies that support the fossil fuel paradigm. There are currently opportunities in Ventura County to pull together on actions that help reverse climate change by opposing new drilling permits, opposing a new gas-fired power plant at Mandalay Beach, and amplifying popular demand for development of renewable energy and distributed generation.

CFROG: Tomas Rebecchi 619-252-6899, email tomasrebecchi at gmail.com

WORLD BUSINESS ACADEMY: Craig Whan, 805-892-4600, email craig at worldbusiness.org

Events

May Monthly CCL Meeting May 13, Sat 9:45

Each month, Citizens’ Climate Lobby supporters gather locally for a monthly meeting where we educate ourselves by listening to a guest speaker. May 13’s guest speaker is  Dr. Natasha DeJarnett, of the American Public Health Association speaking on the ways burning of fossil fuels take a tremendous toll on public health, not only from the impact of climate change, but also from the pollution that leads to heart and respiratory problems.

We will celebrate our successes gathering signups at the Oxnard, Camarillo and Ventura Earth Days, Cara’s wonderful OpED in the VCStar “Earth Day Isn’t Easy” (be sure to read it by clicking here), Manual Bustamente’s two screenings of ‘Do the Math” at Ventura College, a very successful lobby visit to the District Director of our Member of Congress and a quick greeting and word for climate action with Representative Julia Brownley at the community forum last month at CUSCI (we are told she is trying harder to join the Bipartisan ClimateSolutions Caucus), great news that freshman Representative Salud Carbajal was recently invited to join the Climate Solutions Caucus. We’ll talk about reaching out to businesses, building a proactive outreach team, and practice a couple of ‘laser talks’.

We meet at Vicki Paul’s Home, 2238 Sanderling Street, (Montalvo) Ventura

Directions: Go south on Victoria and turn into Ventura Blvd OR Exit 101 and go uphill to Target intersection:   Rent It Truck Rentals—Victoria Av & Ventura Blvd.

Don’t get confused; at this point there are TWO South Victoria Avenues. Head for frontage road off 101 but go one block, turn LEFT on Seahawk St. Go two blocks and turn LEFT on Grand Avenue and go one block, RIGHT on Bristol Road.

Go three blocks, turn     LEFT   on Hill Road           [at the 7-11 ]  Immediately       turn     RIGHT on Shearwater Street             Welcome to the Bird Tracts. Bend left onto Sanderling Street:   2238   is on the right

RSVP if it is convenient to Vicki: oceanvicki7@gmail.com , cell: 805     535 5180         or Jan: ventura@citizensclimatelobby.org , cell:   805   746   5365

Events