California Air Resources Board members question incentives for polluting fuels in state climate program, support direct regulation of livestock methane in 2024
At its September 28 meeting, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) held an eight hour discussion about changes to the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) — a major clean transportation program in desperate need of reform to protect the health of frontline communities and help California actually achieve its climate goals. Currently, the program overwhelmingly […]
Bold and transformative commitments made in the last few years must be maintained in California’s budget and ongoing investment plan. We urge the following investments to advance the goal of an equitable California that offers equal access to opportunity for all. Read the full details of these budget priorities in our 2023 Budget Letter and […]
South Fresno residents take historic action against Caltrans and Federal Highway Administration over toxic highway interchange expansions
On March 8, Fresno Building Healthy Communities and Friends of Calwa sued the California Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration in federal district court over their approval of a project to reconstruct and expand two interchanges connecting State Route 99 to local roadways in Calwa, Malaga, and other South Fresno neighborhoods.
Central Valley residents applaud effort to address perverse incentives of one of California’s marquee climate programs
On the heels of a February visit with local residents, Senator Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica), chair of the Senate Environmental Quality committee and co-chair of the legislative environmental caucus, introduced legislation this week aimed at addressing wrongheaded incentives created by California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard.
Over the course of the past several years, Merced County has approved permits for two factory farm gas pipelines — one cutting through Stanislaus County into Merced County, and another cutting through Merced County into Madera County. There are also two factory farm gas clusters in the County.
Pixley has 26 dairies, housing approximately 140,000 cows. At least nine of these dairies have digesters and most are connected to a massive factory farm gas cluster. Residents complain of breathing complications, nose bleeds, and headaches, and constant smell of manure due to the surrounding industry.
Industrial dairies in the San Joaquin Valley, packing thousands, and sometimes tens of thousands of cows into a single facility, are a major source of local air and water pollution, nuisance odor, groundwater overdraft, and greenhouse gas emissions.
For too long, environmental justice communities have borne the brunt of pollution in California. A climate strategy that ignores or exacerbates these inequities is one that is rooted in climate injustice.
In the wee hours on Thursday morning, the California Legislature concluded its 2021–2022 legislative session, including finalizing a months-long process of adopting the final details of the state budget and a weeks-long process of passing expansive climate policies.
Fresno Budget Priorities and Guiding Principles for a Just and Equitable Economic Recovery