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Clean Water Action does not endorse in every race, but reviews each race and determines where to make endorsements based on a variety of factors.
Here's how we made these endorsements:
Clean Water Action reviews candidates’ records and contacts them for additional information. We consider candidates regardless of party and support those who demonstrate a commitment to the environment and our communities.
Based on these and other factors, Clean Water Action makes the following recommendations for November 4.
Clean Water Action has worked for many years to ensure that needed investments in water infrastructure reflect the needs of California. We support the $7.54 billion water bond on the November ballot because it makes those investments, including
Oakland - Yesterday the Legislature passed SB 1281 (Pavley), which requires disclosure and reporting of water use by oil and gas drilling companies. The bill also requires the reporting and disclosure of wastewater disposal locations and methods. As the third largest oil producing state, and home to 17 refineries, California faces significant threats from drilling, fracking, and the transport of crude oil by rail. The passage of SB 1281 is one more step by the Legislature to protect California's families and communities from the impacts of fracking and other unconventional methods of oil extraction. Clean Water Action applauds Senator Fran Pavley for her leadership and urges Governor Brown to sign SB 1281 as soon as possible.
Update 9/26/14: Governor Brown signed SB 1281 into law on September 25. Thank you Governor for putting this important measure into place.
Miriam Gordon, Clean Water Action's California Director, released the following statement.
Along with thousands of concerned Californians, we are fighting to protect California from the dangers of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and other risky well stimulation processes like acidizing. You can join your neighbors, friends, and family to make sure we understand the risks of fracking, protect our communities, health, and water, and ensure that we don't undermine our climate and clean energy goals.
For more information, visit this page.
Click here to tell your legislators and Governor Brown that we need a moratorium on fracking and other dangerous oil and gas extraction processes. California needs to put a halt to this dangerous practice until it has been proven safe. We need strong legislative action and leadership from our lawmakers.
Send a message now to your elected officials now!
Clean Water Action is working to protect California from the dangers of hydraulic fracturing (fracking). Across the country, communities are suffering from health impacts related to fracking including: contaminated drinking water and polluted air, degradation of local waterways, and decreased property values. In most states, fracking operations are designed to extract natural gas reserves. In California, it’s all about oil.
Manufacturing products with less toxic materials and promoting the development of "green chemistry" can not only protect our communities, workers, and ecosystems, but can actually save businesses money, increase efficiency, reduce liability, and give them a competitive advantage as other parts of the world regulate the use of toxic materials.
As California enters its third consecutive dry year, water conservation is a popular topic - television, newspapers, billboards, and radio messages are telling us to conserve water because of the drought.
Clean Water Action agrees that we should practice additional conservation during times of drought. But California's is a dry climate that is expected to become dryer still as the impacts of climate change intensify. This drought gives us an opportunity to rethink our attitudes about and our overall use of water.