The Right To Zero campaign is transforming the way we use energy and transport goods, services and ourselves across California.
From our power grid to ports, buses to garbage trucks, it’s time for California to ditch fossil fuels and lead the shift to zero-emissions. Why is Earthjustice fighting for zero? To save lives, protect our climate and strengthen our economy. We won’t just imagine a zero-emissions future. We will live it.
Together with a coalition of labor, environmental and public transportation activists, Earthjustice is successfully pushing Los Angeles Metro to invest in a full fleet of zero-emissions electric buses. In a big win for zero emissions, LA Metro has committed to America’s largest investment in electric buses: $138 million in 2017, with plans to go fully electric by 2030. Beginning with electric buses for the communities most impacted by toxic air pollution, this transition to electric buses will clean up the air around the public transit lifelines that move Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has hit pause on a $2.2 billion investment in the rebuilding of fossil fuel power plants like Scattergood in Los Angeles. While we celebrate that they are considering alternatives to locking Angelenos into a fossil fuel future, Earthjustice will continue the fight to transition Los Angeles to a renewable energy grid.
In Sacramento, we are pushing our lawmakers to stand for zero. Real leadership for our communities and climate means committing to zero-emissions policies now.
In the Bay Area, local leaders must invest in zero emissions infrastructure and ports to address disproportionately impacted communities, especially those in West Oakland. Earthjustice is working with those communities to make their voices heard.
The Central Valley has long struggled with poor air quality from trucking corridors and an abusive fossil fuel industry. Solving these problems will require going to zero. Earthjustice is working with Central Valley partners to strengthen air quality plans, hold decision-makers accountable, and reduce the heavy diesel pollution in the San Joaquin Valley.
In Los Angeles, Earthjustice and our partners are calling on our local leaders to invest in zero-emissions technology—not polluting alternatives. Demanding an all-electric bus fleet, ports powered by zero-pollution equipment and an end to outdated fossil fuel power plants, is pushing LA into the future.
New fossil fuel-burning power plants are in the works in Ventura County, despite California’s electricity glut. Earthjustice is standing up for clean energy and local communities by fighting against the Puente Power Plant and Calpine’s proposed Mission Rock Energy Center: two natural gas power plants that the community doesn’t want or need. On Oct. 5, 2017, a committee of the California Energy Commission issued an unprecedented statement stating that it will deny the proposed 262 megawatt Puente Power Plant project in Oxnard because of clean energy’s ability to fulfill the region’s energy needs as well as environmental concerns. This major turning point came after a three-year battle by residents, advocates, and the City of Oxnard to defeat fossil fuel giant NRG Energy’s proposed gas plant.
Logistics sprawl is creating new pollution nightmares for Inland Empire communities. Earthjustice is fighting massive freight and warehouse expansion projects like the World Logistics Center, and demanding that they incorporate zero emissions vehicles to mitigate their impacts.
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