Environmental Issues

Current Actions

Tell Gov. Brown: Protect CA’s landmark climate change law

California's landmark climate change legislation -- AB 32 -- is under attack! Big Oil is leading a statewide mis-information campaign to delay the implementation of CA's groundbreaking cap-and-trade program. 16 California Democrats have already been swayed by Big Oil's deep pockets. We must have the courage to stand together and call on Gov. Brown to publicly state his plans to ensure AB 32 is fully implemented as it was intended.

Tell Asm. Marc Levine: Reject Big Oil’s dirty money!

Big Oil magnate John Scully and his wife Regina Scully donated $102,000 to a ballot measure committee set up by San Rafael Assemblymember Marc Levine. The money paid for a mailer that actually claims Marc Levine is AGAINST fracking, even though the guy paying for it is making a fortune PROFITING from fracking. This just stinks of foul play. If Asm. Levine wants to represent his constituents, he needs to reject Big Oil and not just with words.

Help “illuminate” WGBH’s Koch problem

We’ve kept the heat on WGBH, demanding they remove prominent climate change denier David Koch from their Board. And now we have a huge opportunity to take our work to the next level. With the help of our friends The Illuminators, a contribution today will allow us to "shine a light” on WGBH’s hypocrisy for all to see. We'll project our message on the side of their headquarters on March 28th in Boston during their event on climate change, other activists will go even further and take their protest inside. To be successful, we need you to donate to make it happen!

Tell CA Legislators: Get the FRACK out of California!

With all the known health and environmental risks of hydraulic fracturing (a.k.a “fracking”), California, a supposed climate change leader, must change course on fracking! That’s why member-activists like you must have the courage to demand our state legislators support a statewide ban on fracking NOW. Tell your leaders in Sacramento to protect Californians from the dangers of fracking!

Tell your CA Legislators: Say NO to Big Oil!

February 26th is “lobby day” in Sacramento for Big Oil, and we know they will use their same old tricks to block a long overdue oil extraction tax -- which would provide critical funding for our state’s childcare, preschool, higher education, and parks. Let your representatives in Sacramento know you’re watching and help give them the courage to refuse any and all contributions or gifts from oil lobbyists and say NO to Big Oil!

Stop Big Oil from fracking up California

There are 47,000 active fracking sites currently operating in California with almost no regulation. Reports from around the country are chilling: poisoned drinking water, oil spills in residential neighborhoods, and now Exxon Mobil and Shell are targeting California's Monterey Shale. Demand Sacramento take action.

Success Stories

WE DID IT! Big Oil’s latest attack on cap-and-trade is DEAD…for now

Thanks to the courage of tens of thousands of progressive activists, Big Oil’s recent attack on California’s landmark climate change legislation has been defeated! Help us celebrate this victory and show your courage to continue the fight to protect a healthy California by sharing the news on Facebook.

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"California's Sarah Palin" radio ads make a big splash

Meg Whitman aired radio ads across the state, trying to present herself as a moderate to Californians. But when it comes to global warming, she is just another Sarah Palin. Courage Campaign members helped produce and air a radio ad across California to hold Meg Whitman accountable -- and we got Whitman's attention in the process.

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Past Actions

Demand Resignation of PG&E Cronies at Public Utilities Commission

Jack Hagan and Frank Lindh of the California Public Utilities Commission are putting Big Business first, not safety or justice. They have protected PG&E from fines and intimidated attorneys charged with holding PG&E accountable for the San Bruno disaster. Take a stand and demand their resignation immediately.

End Big Oil's free pass in California

California is the 4th-largest oil-producing state, but it is the ONLY state that does NOT have an oil extraction tax. We could raise $2 billion per year to begin repairing the damage of previous cuts to public education. Study after study shows that since oil is a global market, this will have no affect of gas prices, despite the lies of ExxonMobil and Chevron.

Protect Whistleblowers and Animals - Tell the Assembly to Reject AB 343

Photos and videos of animal abuse play an important role in exposing practices on factory farms. AB 343 would JAIL whistleblowers for recording the abuse of animals in California. Tell your member of the Assembly "No way, no on AB 343. No jail for whistleblowers."

Tell PG&E: Implement the NTSB's changes now!

UPDATE: PG&E has implemented the majority of the safety changes recommended by the NTSB.

Pledge to Stop Valero: Sign the pledge to vote NO on Prop 23

UPDATE: We won! Proposition 23 was defeated in November 2010 with 61.1% of the vote!

Fighting Fracking in California

Fracking (hydraulic fracturing) is a process by which energy companies inject toxins into the ground to break up shale and release natural gas, polluting ground water sources. We teamed up with Democracy for America to tell the California legislature to support AB 591, which would require companies to disclose the poisons they’re putting into our water.