Letter to Governor Brown
We worked for you on the campaign trail and in your various administrations because we believe in your leadership. It has been an honor to help you shape California’s destiny.
You recently said that climate change is the “greatest existential challenge” we face today. You know as well as anyone that in our efforts to confront climate change we simply cannot afford to fail or delay. That’s why we’re asking you to back up your statement that we should “give science a chance” before allowing fracking in California by declaring a moratorium on fracking in our state.
California’s oil and gas regulators are allowing fracking to occur right now. As you read this, the oil industry is actively exploring the Monterey Shale and using unconventional, untested and incredibly dangerous extraction techniques to squeeze more dirty oil out of California.
We need an immediate moratorium on fracking until independent scientific studies -
- including, but not limited to, the Environmental Impact Review mandated by SB 4 -
- demonstrate beyond a reasonable doubt that fracking for shale oil in California can be done without accelerating climate change, poisoning our water, polluting our air, threatening the industries that make our state unique, or otherwise endangering Californians.
We know it’s possible to power our economy entirely with clean energy. We need to put every bit of brainpower and the machinery of the state of California to work on getting us to that goal. If we take our eyes off that prize, we will fail.
We know that taking on the oil industry in a state that already faces its fair share of difficult problems won’t be easy. But we also know that you are one of those rare leaders who is willing to take on the most difficult and urgent challenges, even when it’s politically inconvenient to do so. In fact, that’s why we worked so hard to elect you and help you govern.
Michael Kieschnick CEO, CREDO
(Former Economic Advisor to Governor Jerry Brown)
Political Director, The Public Interest Network (National Organizer, Jerry Brown for President 1992)
(Former Press Secretary for Governor Brown)
(Former Policy Advisor for Governor Brown)
(Former Deputy Director, Office of Appropriate Technology for Governor Brown)
Director of Progressive Democrats of America
(Deputy Campaign Manager, Jerry Brown for President 1992; Jerry Brown for Senate 1982;
Jerry Brown for President 1980; Jerry Brown for Governor 1978; Jerry Brown for Governor 1974)
(Former Communications Director, Jerry Brown for President 1992)
(Brown for Governor, 1974; Brown for President, 1980)
Michael R. Dimock President, Roots of Change
(Campaign staff, Jerry Brown for Senate 1982)
Co-‐Founder and Co-‐Director, CODEPINK (Campaign Manager, Jerry Brown for President 1992; Campaign Manager, Jerry Brown for Senate 1982; Campaign Director, Jerry Brown for President 1980;
Former Director of Administration for Governor Brown)
Thomas J. Flynn
(Former Deputy Director Office of International Trade for Governor Brown; Former Assistant to the Director Department of Economic and Business Development for Governor Brown;
Jerry Brown for President 1976; Jerry Brown for President 1980)
President, VentureSpark, Inc.
(Former fundraiser for Governor Brown)
(Former Deputy Secretary of Resources for Governor Brown; Former Senior Energy Advisor, Office of Planning and Research for Governor Brown)
(Former Chair of the Solar Energy Council for Governor Brown)
(Jerry Brown for Governor 2010)
Founder and President, Resource Renewal Institute (Former Secretary of Resources for Governor Brown)
(Former Director, Office of Appropriate Technology for Governor Brown)
(Former Administrative Assistant to the Director of Research for Governor Brown)
(Former Special Assistant to Governor Brown)
(Assistant to Campaign Manager, Jerry Brown for President 1992)
(Jerry Brown for President, 1992)
Co-‐founder, Heartland Institute
(Deputy Campaign Manager, Jerry Brown for President 1992)
Liz Swiertz Newman
(Head of Communications, Jerry Brown for President 1992)
(Former Media Adviser, Jerry Brown for President 1992)
(Former Legislative Assistant and Acting Director, State of California Washington Office for Governor Brown)
(Former Executive Director of the California Commission on Industrial Innovation for Governor Brown)
Nina Rothschild Utne
Co-‐founder and publisher Utne Magazine
(Campaign staff, Jerry Brown for President 1980)