WHEREAS, fossil fuel combustion creates particulate matter (PM2.5) and air pollutants known to cause respiratory illness, cardiovascular disease, and forms of cancer; and that extraction methods such as hydraulic fracturing, acidizing, cyclic steam injection; and transportation, storage, and refining of contaminates drinking water supplies; and per USGS case studies showing associated earthquake activity; and
WHEREAS, the continued burning of fossil fuels causes climate changes that impact Californians including long term mega-drought, snowpack shrinkage, wildfires, and sea level rise; and climate scientists calculate that 80% of the world’s known fossil fuel reserves must remain in the ground to avoid further climate destabilization and warming of the planet beyond 2˚C – a tipping point for our climate; and
WHEREAS, fossil fuels are finite such that Barclay’s noted Exxon’s 2010 annual report indicated only 45% replacement rates without further acquisition, and that the fossil fuel investor sector is poised to invest some 22 trillion dollars into unconventional carbon fuels, to make up for the loss at a ratio of 3:1 to clean renewable energy, further exacerbating named above hazards; and
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party calls for a 100% Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) that references planning at the state level such as Stanford University scientists Mark Jacobson et al, and UC Davis researchers:
· By 2020, 100% of new electric power, transportation, heating/cooling, industrial processes to be produced by wind, water, solar (WWS) electricity, and or electrolytic hydrogen, with significant energy reduction and efficiency,
· By 2030, 80-85% of the existing infrastructure, plus 100% of the new infrastructure to be clean, and GHG emissions 80% below 1990 levels,
· By 2050, 100% of the State of California’s infrastructure plus new infrastructure be clean.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the transition to a 100% RPS be informed by the principles of climate and worker justice; such that WWS energy projects are carefully sited; and provide for labor to both train and represent workers that emphasize prevailing wage, local hire, domestic content goals, and fully engage community based organizations.
Submitted by Alameda County Member Pam Drake
Authored by Karen Hansen, Board member Environmental Caucus, Green Democratic Club of Sacramento, AD 8, Ken Jones AD 10; and Damien Luzzo AD 4.
Sponsored by the Democratic Party of Sacramento County