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Governor Gavin Newsom at 2019 California Democratic Party State Convention at the George R. Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, June 1, 2019. (Photo: Gage Skidmore)

California Signs International Agreement To Phase Out Oil, Gas Production

California currently set to phase out oil production by 2045

By Evan Symon, November 12, 2021 11:50 am

California joined the Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance (BOGA), an international group committed to phasing out domestic oil and gas production, on Thursday, becoming the only US state to be a part of the agreement.

For the last several years, California Governor Gavin Newsom has led directives and efforts to eliminate gas and oil production in California, as well as increase environmental justice measures. Among the most notable orders include ending all fracking in the state by 2024, stopping the sale of all gas-powered cars in California by 2035, and ending all oil extraction by 2045. While these actions have angered many in other states, as well as the federal government, Newsom and state officials have refused to budge on the issues despite the devastating effects they will have on California’s economy.

However, California had yet to put these efforts within an internal agreement framework, similar to how the US recently re-signed the Paris Climate Agreement. At the COP26 UN Climate Change meeting in Glasgow on Thursday, California finally made an international commitment to set an end date for all oil and gas exploration and extraction. Signed by Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis , California now joins Denmark, France, Costa Rica, Ireland, Sweden, New Zealand, Portugal, Wales, Greenland, and Quebec in backing the first-of-its-kind international climate agreement.

“California is a global leader in combating the climate crisis with bold action to protect our planet while growing the economy, but we can’t meet the challenge of this existential threat alone,” said Governor Newsom on Thursday. “With fossil fuels powering much of the global energy system, it’s critical that we partner with other states and nations around the world to build momentum for the phase-out of oil and gas production. Together, we must move beyond oil and usher in a cleaner and greener future that safeguards our communities, environment and the economy.”

California’s signing of BOGA, as well as other international agreements at COP26 this month, such as the COP26 Declaration on Zero-Emission Cars and Vans agreement, which sets a standard for achieving 100% zero emission vehicle sales by 2035 have been both praised by environmentalists in the state, as well as denounced by others for what the agreements will do to California’s economy in the next several decades.

“Electric cars and green energy are the future, but this agreement ignores a lot of key things,” said Elsie Taylor, an economist in California who specializes in how climate change and other environmental legislation impacts economies, to the Globe on Friday. “It’s not telling us how jobs will be replaced, what California should do to increase short-term power generation until green energy production and energy storage capacity increases, or if this will in any way boost green energy electric vehicle companies in California.”

“Plus, you only have a handful of countries and regions of other countries signing this thing, nearly all from Europe. How does this translate to easy assistance. Right now, it’s just the state government doubling down on its own policies through an international lens, no matter how much economic damage it will bring.”

COP26 is scheduled to end today in Scotland.

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32 thoughts on “California Signs International Agreement To Phase Out Oil, Gas Production

  1. Bravo to Gov Newsom! CA is indeed a world leader in defeating climate change. The end of oil and gas production is a leap forward in achieving our climate goals.

    1. Did you learn nothing from what happened in Texas, or what is happening right now in Germany? so called green energy is killing people, nor is it all that green. Solar panel production is one of the most environmentally toxic industries in existence, far more poisonous than even coal. The lithium ion battery market is controlled by China. The odds are very good that the lithium in your phone and electric car was mined by a child in horrible, poisonous conditions, and the batteries were assembled by political prisoners or slaves.

      If Nutty Newsom and his cronies were serious about this, and not just on a power trip, they’d be pursuing a dozen other technologies, such as destructive distillation of waste plastics (which produces clean crude oil), anaerobic digestion (methane), and the Fischer-Tropsch process (150 year old tech that makes synthetic gasoline and other fuels). Why don’t you ask Governor Ken Doll and other liberals why they seem obsessed with wasting our money on Roman candle windmills while completely ignoring these promising technologies?

    2. Obviously you did not go to the two websites I recommended a few weeks ago to you. http://www.climatedepot.com and cfact.org. Those two sites are loaded with scientific information on climate. They have articles, books to order, and graphs that just about everyone can understand. You might want to check them out.

        1. No they are not. They give real scientific information on climate. So if you say they are “right wing propaganda websites” then you spent some time reading their information?

      1. It sounds like you want to hope that China will be nice to us homeless serfs while you burn our economy on the pyre of junk statistics.

    3. But is China gonna follow suit? After all, they spew more C02 emissions than the US & the EU combined. So I suggest you hold your accolades of Gov. Dippity-Doo.

    4. W16521, since you are so enamoured (sorry to send you to the dictionary) with world leader Newsom, could you please explain why California has the highest taxes, most poverty per capita, the worst roads, the worst business climate, the highest fuel prices and the least educated high school graduates in the nation?

      1. You really think Newscum’s California Globle troll could put together any type of coherent response to your question. If W did, then I would be reminded of the Principal in the movie Billy Madison..!! Ha ha ha..!!!

          1. Leave your party of choice at the door and learn to THINK for yourself, you’ll be far better off. Both parties suck & only have THEIR interests at heart, we are merely useless eaters and slave to them. WAKE UP!

    5. It’s naive at best, all electric vehicles will do FAR more harm as battery technology doesn’t exist that’s sustainable or recycle-able!

    6. You must be clueless. You know how must coal and other energies are used for so called alternative types? Go educate yourself. Did you also know that a lot of child slave labors are used in poor countries to make a lot of these things? Did you know they cut an enormous amount of trees down to make alternative technology? Did you know that the globalists don’t care and will keep flying their private jets and polute more than anybody. Did you know that this is about controlling the entire world population as it is part of agenda 21-30. Go get educated. Newsom is scum. Do you know that climate change is a natural thing, we didn’t do it. The globalists are to blame with their chemtrails, gmos, pesticides, big drug companies etc. Did you know we have endless water called Primary Water? Do you know that if we went back to farming without factory farms and used a natural way of growing crops we can feed the world on a small piece of land and no pollution only benefits to Earth and all living things. Cutting down trees everywhere because they want to put in 5G and haul everyone into smart cities is the biggest control system. The bioweapon, the jab comes in place there as it is needed to control you.

  2. Would someone please explain to me how this is Constitutional, and why Congress isn’t doing anything about it? As I recall, states DO NOT have the authority to engage directly in diplomatic relations with foreign governments. That power is granted to the Federal government. This is effectively an international trade agreement; a treaty.

    1. I know that Newsom has declared himself King of California but he is not the President of the United States are Congress. His so called agreement more than likely non binding. If he thinks otherwise then his agreement is unconstitutional.

      Article I

      Section 10
      Clause 1
      No State shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation; grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal; coin Money; emit Bills of Credit; make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts; pass any Bill of Attainder, ex post facto Law, or Law impairing the Obligation of Contracts, or grant any Title of Nobility.

      ArtI.S10.C1.1 States Engaging in Foreign Policy


        1. W16521
          LoL ????.
          Your killing it. You got to come up with a better name. Don’t take this the wrong way but the name W16521 is not that funny. It would be fine for someone who made comments that wanted to be taken seriously. But for you, someone seeking laughs and putting smiles on faces the name W16521 does not fit.. I know your pretty busy loving and keeping your Governor satisfied but when he finishes up and you get some free time you should put some thought into changing it that name. It would really do wonders for your comedic career. Think about it. I don’t know how you come up with them but keep the jokes coming. So funny. ????

    2. Correct. No can do. CA isn’t a sovereign independent state, so cannot sign treaties with foreign countries.

  3. Pack and ship with us…
    You will be pleased……
    This month we throw in our famous Redneck Map to affordable communities like Hillbilly Hollow and Lima Bean Cove….

  4. Newsom thinks this is his dress rehearsal for the Presidency (shudder) and W16 thinks this platform is their audition for “Peppermint Patty” Psaki’s job…

  5. W16521 I know your busy loving and keeping the governor satisfied, but when he finishes you should think about changing your name to something that matches all the funny jokes you say. W16521 sounds so cold like a mindless part number for something that does as its told and what to think. Hope this does not offend you because it is not ment to. Your jokes are ad funny as ever, keep them up.

  6. Well, I hope HairGel and the rest of the greenies are ready to build nuc plants to charge all the electric cars and run all the AEKs, electric home HVAC systems, etc. these pinheads are mandating.

    Reality has a way of kicking good intentions and hopes right in the teeth.

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