Energy

UC Goes Solar! Congrats!

By | CALPIRG

We are really excited that the University of California announced today a massive investment in solar energy!

As we witness the effects of global warming in our lives today- from the forest fire currently raging in Yosemite, to the worst drought in our history, it is clear we need to take action to fight climate change.

In California we still get about 80% of our energy from fossil fuels, even though we live in one of the sunniest places in the world.

Today's announcement will mean about 72,000 metric tons less global warming pollution will be poured into the air every year from our campuses. (Or equivalent to about 15 thousand fewer cars on the road each year). That is worth celebrating!

Lets use this momentum to make solar power affordable and accessible for all Californians.

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Ban Fracking California

Now more than ever California needs to stand strong in the fight against climate change. Our state has made a lot of progress, yet we're still the third largest producer of oil in the country. The next big step for California to to ban fracking. 

Fracking is a dangerous form of oil drilling in our state that uses millions of gallons of water and pollutes our water with toxic chemicals, not to mention continues our use of dirty fossil fuels. We need California to ban fracking. 

WANTED: Summer Staff and Interns

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Even though finals are upon us, our work to fight global warming and protect public health is just ramping up.  Yesterday, the California senate approved the Charge Ahead California bill for a Million Clean Cars to help California lead in the fight against global warming. The bill now heads to the Assembly. Standing up to opposition from oil companies and special interests, on this and other issues, is going to take ongoing student action throughout the summer.  We're looking for staff, interns and volunteers to join this and other campaign efforts for the summer.

Sign up to volunteer or intern this summer!

The public supports taking strong action to fight global warming, now we need to make sure our elected officials listen. I hope you join us this summer!

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Quick update: We did it!

At 2pm today we turned in 20,000 signatures, collected in just 3 weeks, to the county elections office.

This quarter we joined up with a huge coalition of environmental groups to ban fracking in Santa Barbara County. We needed to collect 20,000 petition signatures to qualify an initiative for the November ballot, and we did it. Now Santa Barbara county residents can vote in November to ban fracking!

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This Earth Day help California become a leader in the fight against global warming.

Ask the California Senate to Charge Ahead with a new Million Clean Cars program to cut our number one source of global warming pollution, cars and trucks.

Sign the petition here for a Million Clean Cars!

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CALPIRG heads to the Capitol

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On Monday I went to the Capitol with CALPIRG students from across the state; check out the photos here.

We held 57 meetings, supporting bills to disclose big money in politics, get more emission-free vehicles on the road in California, and stop the overuse of antibiotics in the livestock industry.

Lobbying at the Capitol has always been my favorite part of my involvement with CALPIRG. When I meet with our elected officials in Sacramento I get to see the impact of all the petition signatures and education events on campus. Senator Wolk's office was impressed to get so many petitions from UC Davis students and hear what we had to say!

Having a campus public interest group means that its not just the big powerful interests who have a voice in Sacramento, but every day people like you and me.

Thanks!

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Media Hit | Energy, Sustainability

CalPIRG petitions against Keystone pipeline

Ten members of the UC Berkeley chapter of CalPIRG rallied in front of Sather Gate Thursday against the construction of a controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Energy Service Week

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The AmeriCorps Members in CALPIRG’s Energy Service Corps Campaign Educated 600 school kids from 1st grade to 5th grade today at a local elementary school dressed in homemade costumes.

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All of the Lights

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Energy Service Corps, a partnered program of CALPIRG and AmeriCorps, is working to educate the next generation about energy conservation.

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