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Governor Newsom announces signing of $15 billion climate change, wildfire funding packages in Sequoia National Park on 9/23/21. (Photo: gov.ca.gov)

Why is Gov. Newsom Pushing Stricter Climate and Energy Goals?

Is this optics for a national audience, or does Gov. Gavin Newsom just care very deeply about the climate?

By Katy Grimes, August 11, 2022 3:06 pm

California Governor Gavin Newsom is pushing even stricter climate and energy goals, claiming this will prevent the immutable impact of climate change. But now, the governor is ramping up this push, asking the Legislature to increasing the 2030 goal for greenhouse gas reductions to 55%, speed up greenhouse gas cuts, set new interim targets for reaching 100% clean electricity and codify safety zones around new oil and gas wells, according to Newsom’s memo sent to the Legislature last week, CalMatters reported.

“Newsom also is seeking regulations from the state Air Resources Board that would govern controversial projects that would remove carbon dioxide from the air and sequester it underground.”

Why is Gov. Newsom pushing stricter climate and energy goals when California has the cleanest air in the entire country?

As the Globe reported Wednesday, The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors just voted to appoint 13 members to the newly created Climate Emergency Mobilization Task Force, following their declaration of a climate emergency.

Yet, when we drilled down on claims of “extreme weather,” “record hot temperatures,” and “climate disasters,” we found:

  • Texas is having a heat wave. Parts of the East are experiencing hot weather. Notably, the hot spot closest to California is Carson City, Nevada with the “record heat” temperature of 79 degrees, up from a usual 76 degrees;
  • California temperatures look really nice – and normal; and
  • As for the “innumerable weather-related disasters,” the National Centers for Environmental Information (NOAA) doesn’t list a single “weather and climate disaster” for California.

So, what is the governor up to? Could he be making presidential campaign decisions and declarations? Is it all about the optics?

Newsom sent a letter to the California Air Resources Board last month asking the agency to strengthen its draft climate change scoping plan by including measures for offshore wind, heat pumps in homes and cleaner aviation fuels, among other areas, CalMatters reported.

The governor is prodding unelected CARB bureaucrats to regulate the state’s way into drastically and economically dangerous climate change rules – which is nothing new in California.

Assembly Republican Leader James Gallagher, R-Yuba City, responded to Governor Newsom’s five-point “legislative plan” which urged the state Legislature to enact even more stringent energy and climate targets that many have admitted are completely unattainable and unrealistic.

“Governor Newsom talks out of both sides of his mouth,” Gallagher said. “He is pushing the Legislature for 100 percent zero emission energy when just last month he pushed a budget bill that streamlined more natural gas plants in order to keep the lights on. He calls for more renewables while his Public Utilities Commission is considering a proposal that will disincentivize and tax solar projects. Of course his plan will only lead to higher costs for Californians who are already struggling to pay gas and utility bills.”

A little California Climate History

Gov. Jerry Brown, Newsom’s predecessor, was not only supportive of the CARB and its regulatory abuses, in October 2013, Gov. Brown, together with the Governors of Oregon and Washington and the British Columbia Premier, signed the Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy, “to align climate change policies and promote clean energy.”

Former Governor Jerry Brown (Photo: ca.gov)

reported the news the year before that CARB had set up a private corporation, Western Climate Initiative Inc. to manage the cap and trade program, in Delaware – Delaware is well known as a tax and corporate haven, and does not have the same open-meeting laws that California has. Why would a California state agency send cap and trade funds to a bank in Delaware?

“Cap-and-trade” refers to a regulatory system that imposes a cap on greenhouse gas emissions (GHG’s), grants regulated entities “emission allowances”—entitling them to emit a specified quantity of GHGs—and creates a market in which regulated entities may buy and sell allowances.

California’s cap and trade program essentially is a pollution tax on productive industries and businesses in the state. Taxing these businesses has done nothing to address climate change, or polar ice caps or rising sea levels.

In 2019, the United States government finally caught up with California under the Trump administration and filed a civil complaint against the state, several of its officers, the California Air Resources Board, and the Western Climate Initiative Inc., for unlawfully entering a cap and trade agreement with the Canadian Province of Quebec,” the Department of Justice reported.

“According to the complaint, filed today in the Eastern District of California, the defendants have pursued or are attempting to pursue an independent foreign policy in the area of greenhouse gas regulation,” the DOJ said. “The Constitution prohibits states from making treaties or compacts with foreign powers, yet California entered into a complex, integrated cap-and-trade program with the Canadian province of Quebec in 2013 without congressional approval.”

There’s no telling what happened with this important lawsuit once the Trump administration departed the White House.

In 2015, at a climate change conference in Toronto, Gov. Jerry Brown trained his moonbeam on what he called “troglodytes;” those who deny the threat of climate change. “We have to redesign our cities, our homes, our cars, our electrical generation, our grids — all those things,” Brown said, insisting that modern life as Americans know it must change if the planet is to be saved, the Los Angeles Times reported.

AB 32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, requires the CARB to determine the 1990 statewide greenhouse gas emissions level and approve a statewide greenhouse gas emissions limit that is equivalent to 1990 levels, to be achieved by 2020, and to adopt GHG emissions reductions measures by regulation. The CARB is authorized to include the use of market-based mechanisms to comply with these regulations.

The CARB was also given the authority to adopt and implement motor vehicle emission standards, in-use performance standards, and fuel specifications for the control of air pollution in the state to reduce petroleum use by 50%.

Also in 2006, SB 32 by Democrat Sen. Fran Pavley, moved the goal posts to increase a GHG emissions reduction goal of 80% below 1990 GHG emission levels, to be achieved by 2050.

SB 375 by Democrat Sen. Darrell Steinberg, the Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act of 2008, states that the CARB sets regional targets for GHG emissions reductions from passenger vehicle use. The Act requires each of California’s metropolitan planning organizations to prepare a sustainable communities strategy as an integral part of its regional transportation plan, which contains land use, housing, and transportation strategies that, if implemented, would allow the region to meet its GHG emission reduction targets.

By 2015, Democrat Sen. Kevin de Leon authored SB 350, which directed the CARB to adopt and implement motor vehicle emissions standards, in-use performance standards, and motor vehicle fuel specifications in furtherance of achieving a 50% reduction in petroleum use in motor vehicles by January 1, 2030.

According to de Leon, “SB 350 implements new Golden State Standards “50-50-50” benchmarks by raising California’s renewable portfolio standard from 33% to 50%, striving for a 50% reduction in petroleum use, and increasing energy efficiency in buildings by 50% by the year 2030. SB 350 makes these standards permanent, trackable, and enforceable.

In 2018, “seeking to cement California’s reputation as a global leader in combatting climate change, Gov. Jerry Brown… signed two measures designed to push the state to 100 percent renewable electricity and so-called carbon neutrality by 2045,” NBC News reported. “Senate Bill 100 (also by Sen. de Leon) raises the state’s already ambitious goals for producing electricity from wind, solar and other green sources. The aim is to ensure greenhouse gas emissions are low enough that they can be absorbed by forests, oceans, soil and other natural systems.”

None of this legislation was or is necessary since the state already achieved 1990 levels of greenhouse gas emissions a few short years after AB 32 was passed. And that is how you know that it is not about clean air or fuel efficient vehicles; but it is about government control.

As for Gov. Newsom’s latest push, it’s about appeasing environmental justice advocates, who  have been agitating for stricter regulations on existing oil and gas operations, “which emit pollutants that can cause health effects.” Do they really cause health effects? Some say yes, and others say no.

For many years, UCLA’s Dr. James Enstrom challenged the scientific research that the California Legislature and California Air Resources Board used to enact clean air policies including regulating diesel fuel emissions. And then he was fired.

Enstrom earned a Ph.D. in Physics from Stanford University, and later earned his M.P.H. in epidemiology from UCLA.

Dr. Enstrom exposed the cover-up of “junk environmental science,” and exposed a phony scientist with a phony Ph.D. at the California Air Resources Board, and the subsequent adoptions by the Legislature of the new regulatory laws stemming from the fake science.

Dr. Enstrom debunked the CARB diesel regulations and proved scientifically that diesel particulate matter is found in heavy concentrations in the Northeastern Rust Belt states, not in California. He vehemently objected to the CARB’s aggressive state regulations, developed by complicit scientists at universities, funded by lucrative government research grants.

Enstrom proved that University of California science professors exaggerated the health effects of diesel particulate in California, knowing the results would be used by the CARB to regulate diesel-engine vehicles.

Enstrom said in an interview in 2014 that California has the cleanest air in the entire country.

Yet despite the junk science, and even the exposure of sketchy human experiments by the EPA, California’s Democratic lawmakers continue to forge ahead as if none of this ever happened.

And now, Gov. Newsom and legislators also are negotiating 11th hour details of a the governor’s $39 billion climate budget.

Why so late in the legislative session, which is over August 31st? Presidential optics? Or does Gov. Gavin Newsom just care very deeply about the climate?

“Smarter climate policy is not more mandates and targets,” Assembly Republican Leader James Gallagher said. “It is greater investments in forestry management to stop massive emissions from catastrophic wildfire, and carbon capture technology to meet reduction targets without drastically increasing consumer costs.”

Gov. Newsom isn’t as committed or dramatic as Gov. Brown was about climate change. But Newsom knows how to use the topic to burnish his environmental street creds.



Governor Newsom’s five-point “legislative plan” (click for details)

1. Codify Statewide Carbon Neutrality Goal.

2. Increase ambition of 2030 greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal from 40% to 55% below 1990 levels.

3. Establish pathway toward the 100% clean electricity retail sales goal by 2045.

4. Establish a setback distance of 3,200 feet between any new oil well and homes, schools, or parks, and ensure comprehensive pollution controls for existing oil wells.

5. Establish a clear regulatory framework for carbon removal and carbon capture, utilization and sequestration.


Important historical bill analysis for Sen. de Leon’s SB 350:

201520160SB350_Senate Environmental Quality



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25 thoughts on “Why is Gov. Newsom Pushing Stricter Climate and Energy Goals?

  1. We are being scammed by a global cabal, and “educated” people seem to be the biggest suckers, hilarious, if it weren’t so ominous

    1. I agree DL. The very same academically “gifted” who all are coming down with Covid for the 2nd or 3rd time, even though they still dutifully wear the mask and get in line for a 3rd booster. The political and academic elite have subscribed to the World Economic Forum ESG program headed by Larry Fink CEO of BlackRock investments. Newsom is part of the same club, a World Economic Forum Young Leaders graduate.
      This can all be verified. Please do your homework now before we all return to reading by candlelight while snacking on crickets!

    2. Only the Godless push this scam. I live in perfect peace knowing we turned the corner with pollution when I was a very young man, well before I met the Living God. I have no fear about out of control climate. God is in control of His Creation. The Climate fraud? It’s only the newest way to launder money nothing else. IDIOTS!

    3. yeah, these protest .org’s funded by leftist ‘s are in for rude awaking , California received the largest amount of military surplus it will not end well for them .

    1. They use that word very purposely. It was originally used in the context of the holocaust. Holocaust Denier was the term to make someone sound like they were insane. Now “science denier” or “climate change denier” are terms to try to cancel someone’s opinion the Leftists don’t want others to hear…

  2. “Is this optics for a national audience, or does Gov. Gavin Newsom just care very deeply about the climate?”

    The ONLY thing that Gavin Newsom cares very deeply about is advancing the political career of Gavin Newsom.

  3. Why? Because the Getty family wants to make bank on:
    a) their investments in “green” tech
    b) higher gasoline prices due to scarcity

  4. What an excellent, comprehensive Katy Grimes article that takes us for a walk down CA Psycho Enviro Memory Lane. It’s not a pleasant walk, but it sure is a necessary reminder of the alarmist environmental overkill we’ve been beaten up with, during these past many years, by our CA “leaders.” It has not stopped or been taken back in spite of all the evidence against it. Which then leads to the inescapable conclusion that Gavin Newsom is, yes, once again obviously playing with the lives of Californians to satisfy (he thinks) his presidential ambitions.

    All of the Jerry Brown and Co. (CARB, WCI, Sens. Steinberg, Pavley, De Leon, etc) destructive bureaucratic rot and wretched enervating legislation from those wasted years is succinctly summed up in these two sentences:
    “None of this legislation was or is necessary since the state already achieved 1990 levels of greenhouse gas emissions a few short years after AB 32 was passed. And that is how you know that it is not about clean air or fuel efficient vehicles; but it is about government control.”

    (P.S. God bless Dr. James Enstrom)

  5. Dear Katy and Company :

    Please do not ask rhetorical questions about Newsom’s motivations…
    He is an acolyte of Klaus Schwab and the World Economic Forum, and we need every single legitimate outlet, like this one, to call out Newsom’s participation in Schwab’s “Young Global Leaders” program, just like psychopathic Justin Trudeauin in Canada…
    These narcissists must have agreed to crush their respective economies to initiate the WEF’s “Great Reset” and “Build Back Better” agenda…
    For the real scare, investigate Yuval Harari, Schwab’s “right hand man” and his video interviews with the trans-humanist agenda he’s espousing.

    These men are essentially our generation’s Hitler’s, hell-bent on global domination and subjugation of our liberties and way of life, so that they can have their way, with whomever makes it through their depopulation agenda via Bill Gates’ vaccine agenda…
    The “climate change” is just political cover for their evil plans, which are so extreme they’re like out of a James Bond movie…
    This isn’t just stupidity, it’s malevolence…

  6. Oh, and if these people want to address man-made climate change and “greenhouse gases”, have them talk to their Communist Chinese funders, and have THEM clean up their act first…
    It’ll have a bigger impact, along with traditional forest management practices and controlled burns, rather than the raging infernos caused by forest MISmanagement by the so-called “environmentalists”…

  7. Suddenly, his election year is upon him. Nothing got done before, and nothing will get done after.
    Maybe Newsom should demand an end to ballot harvesting, ballots being sent to last known address, and “opt out” delivery of ballots to the dead and moved. Something is truly un American about the stranglehold of the stupid on California.

    1. No kidding. Isn’t it unbelievable: If the narcissist were your husband or wife you could divorce them. If the narcissist were your boss, you could find another job. But because the narcissist is the GOV, we’re stuck. Sure, we could move, but then JUST WATCH this maniac get elected President as soon as we get comfy in another state. Aahhhhhh!!

        1. Don’t bet on it. He fits the perfect progressive Dem model, unlike Kamala.
          The “sheeple” are easily pulled in by pretty boys.

  8. Meanwhile, the clock is ticking on our private property. Why did the anti-pope Francis-Bergoglio visit Canada? To apologize for Catholic education to Native Tribes. What do they want in return? More land. Where will they get it? The PRESIDENT will dictate an executive order to the EPA. The EPA will create a new law for the Tribes. This new law will give Tribes land outside the boundaries of existing Indian Reservations. You may be living on such land.

    It’s an Agenda 21 Thing.

    It’s already happened in Wyoming during Obama era. “Exploiting Indians.” https://thenewamerican.com/exploiting-indians/

    Gavin Newsom is an Obama acolyte. Has the same vocal banter and phrasing.

  9. Newsome’s real goal is to reduce the standard of living of middle and upper middle-class Californians to that of the poor. Only then can we have a 3rd world economy with 1% of the richest ruling the bottom 99%. That’s how you equalize the population. The current tax structure is a good start. It’s not fair that some people have more than others.

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