Environmental / Agriculture

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After Three Weeks of Storms, What’s California’s Water Outlook?

Following a barrage of storms at the end of December and beginning of January, California made a quick about-face from critically dry conditions to...
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California Air Resources Board Adopts Updated Scoping Plan

After conducting a series of workshops over the last year and a half, the California Air Resources Board approved an updated version of their scoping...
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California Deluge Forces Mass Evacuations, Boy Swept Away

As another powerful storm walloped California, a 5-year-old boy was swept away by floodwaters Monday on the state’s central coast and an entire seaside...

Storm Batters Northern California – Piers Collapse Amid Widespread Flooding

A “brutal” storm system battered northern California this week, killing at least two people and causing significant flooding and erosion, as a band of...

‘Bomb Cyclone’ Brings Damaging Winds, Rain to California

Damaging winds and heavy rains from a powerful “atmospheric river” pounded California on Thursday, knocking out power to tens of thousands, causing flash flooding,...

Drought Relief Top Priority for Voters; Climate Change Costs Also Concern

Earlier reports examined voters’ anxieties about the economy, the state’s business climate, and crime. Voters also have strong opinions about issues that affect their...

Another California Desalination Plant Approved — the Most Contentious One Yet

The California Coastal Commission tonight approved another desalination plant, despite citing its high costs, risks to Monterey Bay’s environment and “the most significant environmental...
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CalChamber Welcomes New Policy Advocate on Energy Issues

Brady Van Engelen has joined the California Chamber of Commerce as a policy advocate specializing in energy issues. He also leads CalChamber advocacy on...

Coastal Commission to Consider Project to Bring Reliable Water to Monterey Peninsula

A multi-pronged effort to bring a reliable, sustainable water supply to the Monterey Peninsula will be considered on November 17 by the California Coastal...

California May Reallocate Shrinking Water Supply

While it’s not yet formal policy, those who manage California’s vast water system are edging toward a historic reallocation of the state’s shrinking supply...
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CalChamber Member Blue Diamond Awarded $45 Million to Expand Climate Smart Orchard Programs

Blue Diamond Growers, a member of the California Chamber of Commerce, announced this week that it was awarded $45 million in funds provided by...
California Capitol

Job Killer Bill Stopped in Final Hours of Session; Bill to Re-License Diablo Canyon...

In the final hours of the legislative session, CalChamber advocates and a large coalition of allies were successful in stopping a last minute climate-related...

CalChamber Statement on Passage of Climate Change Proposal

California Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Jennifer Barrera today issued the following statement in response to AB 2133 (Quirk; D-Hayward) failing passage and...
2022 Job Killer List

End of Session Update: 2 Rushed Climate-Related Job Killer Bills Await Action

Two California Chamber of Commerce job killer bills that will lead to excessive costs and jeopardize thousands of high paying jobs in the state...

CalChamber Adds Threat to State Oil/Gas Employment to Job Killer List

Legislation threatening state oil and gas development operations and employment in related industries has been added to the job killer list. SB 1137 (Lena Gonzalez;...

CalChamber Tags SB 1137 as Job Killer

The California Chamber of Commerce today announced that it has added SB 1137 (Gonzalez; D-Long Beach) as amended on August 24, 2022 to the...

CalChamber Tags Rushed Climate Change Bill a Job Killer

The California Chamber of Commerce has labeled a last-minute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction proposal a job killer. The bill, AB 2133 (Quirk; D-Hayward), was...
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CalChamber Urges Careful Deliberation on Governor’s Contentious Climate Package

The time remaining in the legislative session is inadequate for the necessary full discussion of the climate proposals the Governor issued last week, the...

California Governor Releases Water Supply Strategy, Calls for Regulatory Modernization

Governor Gavin Newsom yesterday announced a four-point strategy to increase California's water supplies and help the state adapt to the extreme weather patterns anticipated...

CalChamber Applauds Governor for Action on California’s Water Crisis

CalChamber President and CEO Jennifer Barrera today praised Governor Gavin Newsom for action to address California’s drought: “Governor Newsom has shown tremendous leadership in addressing...