Gavin Newsom (D)

2023 Score 80%
Position: Governor since 2019

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In 2023, Governor Newsom's environmental record was a complex blend of achievements and rollbacks. These actions are the main reason for California’s overall environmental score sliding from an A- to a B.

Noteworthy accomplishments include signing the Climate Corporate Leadership and Accountability Act (SB 253, Wiener), the Climate Financial Risk Disclosure Act (SB 261, Stern), and other priority bills. His administration’s establishment of Advanced Clean Fleets marked global progress in combating emissions from the transportation sector. Legal and legislative action against major oil companies sought transparency and accountability for California. Partnering with other countries on climate agreements further leveraged California’s role as the fifth-largest economy in the world to spur international action on climate.

At the same time, Governor Newsom also vetoed 11 critical bills and made over $2 billion in cuts to critical climate commitments in the 2022 budget. Cutting climate funding and not replacing it with alternative funding sources raise serious concerns about the deprioritization and delay in funding the transition to clean energy and resilience necessary to protect communities and meet our state’s emissions reduction goals. Furthermore, the last-minute jamming through of budget trailer bills to weaken environmental protection laws for infrastructure projects highlights questionable priorities and process. The expansion of the Aliso Canyon fossil gas storage facility and the extension of three fossil gas facilities (in Huntington Beach, Long Beach, and Oxnard), originally slated for closure, underscore a lack of commitment to the rapid transition away from fossil fuels necessary to solve the climate crisis. Additionally, Governor Newsom certified the environmentally destructive Sites Reservoir for judicial streamlining.

As California faces escalating climate impacts, 2024 demands a bold vision and unwavering commitment to climate justice and action from our state’s governor, with a focus on partnering with the legislature to prioritize policies that truly safeguard the state's future.

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Gavin Newsom's 2023 Environmental Actions

Bill Final Result
AB 3 (Zbur) California Offshore Wind Energy & Jobs Act Signed into Law
AB 57 (Kalra) California Pocket Forest Initiative Vetoed
AB 126 (Reyes & Gonzalez) (Formerly AB 241 & SB 84) Clean Transportation Program Modernization Signed into Law
AB 249 (Holden) School Lead Testing & Mitigation Vetoed
AB 285 (Luz Rivas) Pupil instruction: science requirements: climate change Signed into Law
AB 292 (Pellerin) Primary elections: ballots Signed into Law
AB 363 (Bauer-Kahan) Pesticides: neonicotinoids for nonagricultural use: reevaluation: control measures Signed into Law
AB 398 (Pellerin) Voting: replacement ballots Signed into Law
AB 418 (Gabriel) Food Product Safety Signed into Law
AB 421 (Bryan) Referendum Reform Signed into Law
AB 545 (Pellerin) Elections: access for voters with disabilities Signed into Law
AB 579 (Ting) Schoolbuses: zero-emission vehicles Signed into Law
AB 585 (Robert Rivas) Climate change: infrastructure and clean energy projects: assessments Signed into Law
AB 626 (Pellerin) Voting: returning vote by mail ballots in person Signed into Law
AB 631 (Hart) Community Safety and Protection Act Signed into Law
AB 652 (Lee) Department of Pesticide Regulation Environmental Justice Advisory Committee Signed into Law
AB 664 (Lee) California Safe Drinking Water Act Signed into Law
AB 753 (Papan) State Water Pollution Cleanup and Abatement Account: annual proceeds transfers Vetoed
AB 764 (Bryan) Local Redistricting Signed into Law
AB 809 (Bennett) Salmonid populations: California Monitoring Program Signed into Law
AB 844 (Gipson) Zero-emission trucks: insurance Signed into Law
AB 970 (Luz Rivas) Insurance: Climate and Sustainability Insurance and Risk Reduction Program Vetoed
AB 1167 (W. Carrillo) Orphan Well Prevention Act Signed into Law
AB 1248 (Bryan) Local Independent Redistricting Vetoed
AB 1305 (Gabriel) Voluntary carbon market disclosures Signed into Law
AB 1322 (Friedman) Pesticides: second-generation anticoagulant rodenticide: diphacinone Signed into Law
AB 1628 (McKinnor) Microfiber Filtration Vetoed
SB 3 (Dodd) Discontinuation of Residential Water Services Signed into Law
SB 49 (Becker) Renewable energy: Department of Transportation: evaluation Signed into Law
SB 52 (Durazo) Redistricting: large charter cities Vetoed
SB 69 (Cortese) California Environmental Quality Act: local agencies: filing of notices of determination or exemption Signed into Law
SB 77 (Umberg) Voting: signature verification: notice Signed into Law
SB 244 (Eggman) Right to Repair Signed into Law
SB 253 (Wiener, Gonzalez, Stern) Climate Corporate Leadership & Accountability Act Signed into Law
SB 261 (Stern, Becker, Gonzalez, Wiener) Climate Financial Risk Disclosure Signed into Law
SB 314 (Ashby) County of Sacramento Redistricting Commission Signed into Law
SB 337 (Min) Codifying 30×30: Land and Coastal Waters Conservation Goal Signed into Law
SB 389 (Allen) Surface Water Rights Verification Signed into Law
SB 390 (Limón) Voluntary carbon offsets: business regulation Vetoed
SB 394 (Gonzalez) Master Plan for Healthy, Sustainable, and Climate-Resilient Schools Vetoed
SB 420 (Becker) Electricity: electrical transmission facility projects Vetoed
SB 619 (Padilla) State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission: certification of facilities: electrical transmission projects Vetoed
SB 674 (Gonzalez) statewide refinery fence line monitoring standards Failed
SB 704 (Min) Coastal resources: California Coastal Act of 1976: industrial developments: oil and gas developments: refineries: petrochemical facilities: offshore wind Signed into Law
SB 709 (Allen) Dairy Biogas Low-Carbon Fuel Standard Regulations Failed
SB 745 (Cortese) The Drought-Resistant Buildings Act Signed into Law
SB 842 (Bradford) Attack on Price Gouging Penalty Law (Envirovoters opposed this bill) Vetoed (pro-environment)
SB X1-2 Price Gouging Penalty  Signed into Law
Pro-Environment Regulatory Actions
California Air Resources Board (CARB) passed Advanced Clean Fleets rule that will require fleets that are well suited for electrification to transition to zero-emission vehicles by 2035
California passed a price-gouging penalty on the oil industry in response to price gouging at the gas pump
California filed a lawsuit against major oil companies for their contributions to the climate crisis we’re already experiencing, and for how they deceived politicians and the public about their wrongdoings every step of the way
California signed memorandums of understandings to partner with other countries to on addressing climate

How We Calculated the Weighted Score

80% environmental votes; 20% California score

Extra Credit:

for major pro-environmental actions
for major anti-environmental actions
for the -$2 billion in cuts to climate budget in 2023

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