Advocacy at Acterra

Support Climate Action Policy at the National Level

H.R. 763: Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act
Acterra urges Californians to support the first national bipartisan climate legislation in a decade.

Residents in California's 18th District: Please call Congresswoman Anna Eshoo to thank her for co-sponsoring the Energy Innovation and Climate Dividend Act (HR 763) which was introduced in the House on January 24th, 2019. This bill imposes a steadily rising carbon fee on fossil fuels at the point of extraction or importation and returns all the proceeds back equally to US residents in the form of dividend checks. This market-based approach doesn’t bet on an particular technologies or government programs and so has appeal for both conservatives and progressives. The proposed legislation would reduce emissions by at least 40% in 12 years while simultaneously creating jobs and growing GDP.

Residents in other districts: Click here for a script to contact your legislators in Congress and urge them to support and co-sponsor the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act.

Green New Deal
This national policy platform (whose title hearkens back to the Roosevelt administration's New Deal) is garnering attention in Washington, D.C. and beyond. On February 7th, 2019, Representative Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey released a 10-year framework that calls for the U.S. to meet 100 % of its power demand through zero-emission sources, and highlights additional priorities, such as: advances in energy efficiency, the creation of green jobs, an overhaul of the transportation sector, and quality health care for all citizens. Read more

Acterra Advocates for Climate-Friendly Policies 

Recently Acterra staff and board members joined 350 Silicon Valley for a meeting with Assemblymember Marc Berman to discuss the importance of advocating for leveraged action on climate—a.k.a. policy reform. We were glad to hear that Asm Berman was a co-author on the Ting AB 1745 bill that bans sale of gas powered cars in California by 2040. Acterra Board member Dan Quinn underscored the importance of rewording AB 2195 to require measurement of methane leaks in California, while Edith Eddy asked for Berman's support on SB 100 which would move California to 100% renewable energy by 2045. We enjoyed the opportunity to meet with our representative about these issues.

Make Your Voice Heard! Support Climate Bills in the CA State Legislature 

Support H.R.6274, to preserve tax credits for EV purchasers. More info

Contact your legislators and ask for their support:

State Senator Jerry Hill
California State Senate
Phone: (650) 212-3313 (San Mateo office)

Assemblymember Evan Low (District 28)
California State Assembly
Phone: (408) 446-2810 (Cupertino office)

Assemblymember Marc Berman (District 24)
California State Assembly
Phone: (650) 691-2121 (Los Altos office)

Assemblymember Kevin Mullin (District 22)
California State Assembly
Phone: (650) 349-2200 (San Mateo office)

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein
Phone: (202) 224-3841

U.S. Senator Kamala Harris
Phone: (202) 224 - 3553

Summary of Successful Actions, Fall 2018

Measure W: Transit equity and congestion relief

Measure W in San Mateo County secured the required a two-thirds majority vote in the 2018 election and was enacted. Measure W is projected to raise an estimated $80 million a year in revenues for 30 years — or around $2.4 billion total  —  to fund an array of transportation-related improvements throughout San Mateo County. The revenue will be allocated as follows: 

50 percent - public transportation in the county through SamTrans and Caltrain 
22.5 percent - highway projects 
12.5 percent - arterial and local road improvements
10 percent - improved regional connections 
5 percent - bicycle and pedestrian projects

Thank you to everyone who joined the broad coalition of supporters of this pro-transit, pro-equity ballot measure.

SB 100: California Renewables Portfolio Standard Program: emissions of greenhouse gases

In September 2018, Gov. Brown signed into law SB100 (sponsored by K. de León) to accelerate the transition to the use of clean energy in our state! Read more.

SB 1477: Low-emissions buildings and sources of heat energy 

In September 2018, Gov. Brown signed into law SB1477, requiring the Public Utilities Commission develop a statewide market development initiative to advance the state’s market for low-emission space and water heating equipment for new and existing residential and nonresidential buildings.

SB 834: State lands: leasing: oil and gas and AB 1775: leasing: oil and gas 

In September 2018, Gov. Brown signed into law these companion bills to prohibit any further offshore oil drilling within California’s three-mile underwater coastal zone. It would also ban any pipelines or other means of conveying oil through this coastal zone onto the shore of California.

AB 3232: Zero-emissions buildings and sources of heat energy 

In September 2018, Gov. Brown signed into law this bill requiring that the Energy Commission assess the state’s opportunities for reducing emissions from buildings by at least 40% below 1990 levels by 2030, with a focus on strategies to reduce emissions from space heating and water heating.

AB 1884:  Food facilities: single-use plastic straws 

In September 2018, Gov. Brown signed this bill into law. This law prohibits food facilities, where food may be consumed on the premises, from providing single-use plastic straws to consumers unless requested by the consumer. Fast-food establishments are exempted. Half a billion plastic straws are thrown away every day. What a waste! In a statement, Brown said, “One thing is clear, we must find ways to reduce and eventually eliminate single-use plastic products."

Advocacy Advice

County Supervisor Joe Simitian’s 13 tips for successful advocacy

Tips for developing an effective climate advocacy campaign, Climate Action Reserve, June 28, 2017