Vote On Two Important Environmental Resolutions

One of our PDSB Issue Areas is "Protect our Environment & Stop Global Warming"
There are two environmental resolutions that PDSB will vote on at our next meeting.

Friday, March 29
Concert Set-up & Voting Starts: 5:30PM
Concert Start Time Voting Ends: 7pm

Santa Barbara Main Library, 40 E Anapamu St  Santa Barbara, CA 93101

*Voting members are: Any registered Democrat who has attended two or more PDSB meetings.


WHEREAS, hydraulic fracturing, commonly referred to as "fracking", is a  technique that drills vertically and often horizontally deep under the earth's surface and injects a mixture of water, sand and chemicals into the wells at high pressure to crack shale and dense rock formations to extract gas or oil; and
WHEREAS, fracking uses large amounts of water reducing its availability for agriculture and other public use, uses large amounts of chemicals that contaminate the water supply and can cause cancer, creates wastewater that brings deep-earth contaminants to the surface, releases methane gas into the air that exacerbates climate change and pollutes the air with asthma-causing smog and may cause earthquakes; and
WHEREAS, fracking is currently exempt from federal regulation under an exception in The Safe Drinking Water Act and is not regulated by California and, as a result, the chemicals used are treated as secret corporate property and are not tested and the locations of all the wells are not tested or made public; and
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party supports:  1) an immediate moratorium on fracking with such moratorium to remain in effect until legislation and regulations are put in place that repeal the exception in The Safe Drinking Water Act, guarantee the public health and safety, mitigate the effects on climate change, protect the environment and allow government access and testing of the chemicals used; 2) full disclosure and testing of all sites; and 3) substitution of renewable energy as soon as practical; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party send a copy of this resolution to President Obama, Governor Brown, Senator Feinstein, Senator Boxer, the California Democratic Congressional Delegation and the Democratic Members of the California State Legislature and call on them to take all executive, administrative, regulatory and legislative actions to implement this resolution.
Authors:  Michael Goldman, RL Miller, Susie Shannon

Resolution in support of Divestment from Fossil Fuel Companies


WHEREAS, almost every government in the world has agreed that any warming above a 2°C (3.6°F) rise would be unsafe. We have already raised the temperature .8°C, and that has caused far more damage than most scientists expected. A third of summer sea ice in the Arctic is gone, the oceans are 30 percent more acidic, and since warm air holds more water vapor than cold, consequences of inaction will result in devastating floods and drought;


WHEREAS, scientists estimate that humans can pour roughly 565 more gigatons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and still have some reasonable hope of staying below two degrees, while proven coal, oil, and gas reserves equals about 2,795 gigatons of CO2, or five times the amount we can release to maintain 2 degrees of warming;


and WHEREAS, California’s institutions of higher education and pension funds should encourage only those investments that allow students and retirees to live healthy lives without the impact of a warming planet, and thus campaigns to divest from fossil fuels have begun at campuses within both the University of California and California State University systems;


THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Santa Barbara County Democratic Party calls upon the University of California and California State University endowments, and CALPERS, CALSTRS, and Santa Barbara County Employees Retirement Account pension funds to immediately stop new investments in fossil fuel companies, to take steps to divest all holdings from the top 200 fossil fuel companies as determined by the Carbon Tracker list within five years, and to release updates available to the public, detailing progress made toward full divestment;


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Santa Barbara County Democratic Party send a copy of this resolution to the Governor of the State of California, Board of Regents of the University of California, Chancellor of the California State University system, United States Senators representing California, Members of Congress representing any part of Santa Barbara County, members of the state senate and state assembly representing any part of Santa Barbara County, and all members of the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors, asking support for divestment from fossil fuels.