Climate Strike, Nov. 8

MEDIA ADVISORY , NOVEMBER 7, 2019

WHO: Valley Climate Activists, Contact: Kevin Hall, 559-301-5537

WHAT: CLIMATE STRIKE

WHEN: FRIDAY, NOV. 8, 10:00 AM

WHERE: SELLAND ARENA ENTRANCE, 700 M ST.

“Governor Newsom, Our Future or Fossil Fuels”

Fresno residents to protest local pollution impacts of Gov. Newsom’s ‘low-carbon green growth’ 

Governor Gavin Newsom will speak to hundreds of people from around the valley and state Friday morning at the California Economic Summit about our future prospects, but not a single session at the summit is dedicated to the issue of climate change.

“The failure of the governor and other officials to highlight climate change as the central concern of long-term economic planning is a failure of leadership,” said Kevin Hall, organizer of Valley Climate Activists. “Climate change and the state’s climate change spending are having profound negative impacts on our economy and health now.”

Valley Climate Activists wants to see pollution stopped at the source, an end to market mechanisms, and a cleanup of sacrifice zones like those found throughout southern Fresno and rural communities.

“The State of California is spending hundreds of millions of dollars in greenhouse gas reduction funds on High Speed Rail construction and in subsidies for biomass burning and mega-dairy expansions in our city and county,” Hall said. “All are highly polluting. All are funded by cap-and-trade, low carbon fuel standard credits and other mechanisms. Now the governor is threatening to pour hundreds of billions in state pension fund investments into such dangerous programs.”

“That bold action continued on Friday, as I announced our plan to leverage the state’s $700 billion pension investments, transportation systems and purchasing power to strengthen climate resiliency, with a goal to align our state investments toward carbon-neutral technology.”

— Gov. Gavin Newsom, Newsweek, Sept. 23, 2019

But “Carbon neutral” means continued pollution in a place like Fresno and either reduced pollution or protection of natural carbon reserves somewhere else — not here. The people most impacted by all of these projects live in the lowest income, most vulnerable and highly polluted neighborhoods of Fresno and surrounding rural communities. It’s a climate injustice. Lives are being sacrificed.

The solution is to stop pollution at the source, put an end “sacrifice zones” and to stop relying on market mechanisms, but Gov. Newsom believes otherwise:

“The economy is growing, a fully functioning cap-and-trade program, the most audacious low-carbon green growth goals in the United States of America. There’s nothing left for me to sign — it’s 100 percent across the board, in every category.”

— Gov. Gavin Newsom, Opening Remarks, Climate Week NYC, Sept. 23, 2019

Gavin Newsom is horribly wrong to think California’s climate change plan is fully in place and working well. Just this week the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Technology Review reported that “California won’t reach its 2030 decarbonization goals (cutting emissions to 40% below 1990 levels) until 2061—and wouldn’t hit its 2050 targets (80% below 1990 levels) until 2157.”

The state and valley face devastating economic consequences if these targets are missed.

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Kevin Hall

559-301-5537
“The only way to deal with exploiters is to terrorize the bastards.”
–Phil Burton

The way to ease ‘climate anxiety’ is to get active and make changes for the coming future

(This article first appeared in The Fresno Bee on Aug. 23, 2019)

By Kevin Hall

Public concern over climate change is surging. Perhaps it’s due to the ravages of fire, flood, hurricane, drought, tornado, etc. Maybe it’s that the first generation of people facing a truly uncertain future is now entering adulthood. Media coverage has certainly increased.

FCC colloquium Continue reading The way to ease ‘climate anxiety’ is to get active and make changes for the coming future

A Quick Note to Mike Karbassi

By Kevin Hall

Mike Karbassi was recently elected to the Fresno City Council to represent District 2 in Northwest Fresno. His Twitter praise for an inferior editorial by District 5 councilor Luis Chavez, home to most of Fresno’s heavy industry, led me to be tweet back at him, and he kindly replied (below). My longer response wouldn’t fit easily into tweets, so this: Continue reading A Quick Note to Mike Karbassi

Jim Costa’s Primary Concern

July 3, 2019

By Kevin Hall

FRESNO-Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the 29-year-old political wunderkind who introduced the Green New Deal congressional resolution earlier this year, made a telling candidate endorsement in late May.

The Democratic Socialist from Queens, who a year ago successfully primaried long-time incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley, announced she is backing a fellow progressive Latina. Like Continue reading Jim Costa’s Primary Concern

Climate Politics radio broadcast 4.26.19

(Climate Politics is broadcast on the second and fourth Fridays of each month on KFCF 88.1FM in Fresno. ) LISTEN HERE ON SOUNDCLOUD to the April 26, 2019 show.

INTRODUCTION: Good afternoon and welcome to a special edition Climate Politics. This show is dedicated to the premise that if we hope to avoid climate change’s worst impacts, then we need to fix our political climate, from Fresno to D.C. and everyplace in between.

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Rev. B.T. Lewis, Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church, Fresno

And it’s impossible in this country, and certainly this town and valley, to discuss our politics without grounding them in the context of the systemic racism that has shaped every institution, policy, and practice in both the public and private sector. Continue reading Climate Politics radio broadcast 4.26.19

Oil Slick on the Blue Wave

NEW! Check out the discussion on the Climate Politics radio show here (soundcloud).

May 4, 2019

By Kevin Hall

The headline reads, “API Plans Major Disinformation Campaign: Industry opponents of a treaty to fight global warming have drafted an ambitious proposal to spend millions of dollars to convince the public that the environmental accord is based on shaky science.” Continue reading Oil Slick on the Blue Wave

Developer Dollars, Democratic Duplicity

(This article first appeared in the April 2019 issue of Community Alliance magazine.)

By Kevin Hall

Few were downtown at Fresno city hall on a cold morning in late January to witness the new council fail its first real test of character. The one that matters most in city politics, it’s a single-question exam: Do developers still run this town?

They do.

The new five-member, veto-proof Democratic majority on the council has raised the hopes of many locals. At long last, some say, our humble burg of half a million souls will be governed by a body with a greater interest in the needs of poor and working families, one willing to take on the special interests running roughshod over lives and futures.

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When dread developer Darius Assemi looks up at the dais in Fresno City Hall, he is looking at more than $200,000 invested by his family members and their businesses in the political careers of the current council and mayor. The city’s election cycle limits are easily ignored and candidates often receive four or five times the limit from Assemi interests. Commercial developer Ed Kashian is the second most prolific backer in local politics.

Continue reading Developer Dollars, Democratic Duplicity