Environmental / Agriculture

After COVID-19, Drought Threat Still Looms

California is enveloped in balmy weather that’s more like spring than mid-winter — and that’s not a good thing. We have seen only scant rain...

Cap-and-Trade Continues to Achieve Early Carbon Emissions Reductions While Generating Revenues for Climate and...

As expected, auction results from California’s market-based cap-and-trade program have stabilized, allowing the state to propose an expenditure plan consistent with past years’ levels....

Will California Housing and Wildfire Solutions Complement or Conflict?

California has two competing and inextricably linked crises to address: a severe housing shortage and recurrent catastrophic wildfires. How the state attempts to address...

It’s a Little Dry – Capitol Insider

According to most weather forecasters, this fall has been a little dry so far. It’s not time to panic, but it is time to...

CalChamber’s Efforts on Proposition 65

Despite a global pandemic, the number of 60-day notices filed pursuant to Proposition 65 against food companies alleging exposure to acrylamide continues its exponential...

Coalition Pressure Prompts OEHHA to Withdraw Harmful Change to Prop. 65 Safe Harbor Warnings

Thanks to the efforts of the California Chamber of Commerce and a broad coalition of organizations, the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) withdrew...

Governor Newsom Issues Order Setting Goal of Phasing Out Combustion Engine Vehicles by 2035

Consistent with climate announcements across the country this week, Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-79-20 related to issues surrounding vehicular transportation emissions and...

California Aims to Phase Out New Gas-Powered Vehicles by 2035

Governor Gavin Newsom yesterday issued an executive order that directs the state to require that all new cars and passenger trucks sold within California...

CalChamber Companies Lead on Climate Innovation

Reading the news these days, it is easy to get lost in the rhetoric of climate change.  But in California, we’ve long moved past...

Coffee Distributors Win Prop.65 Acrylamide Lawsuit

A California Superior Court judge this week ruled in favor of coffee roasters and distributors in a decade-long lawsuit alleging they violated California’s Proposition...

Problematic Single-Use Packaging Bills Face Final Hurdle in Legislature

As the state struggles to climb out of a $54 billion deficit, contain more than 500 active wildfires, prevent further blackouts, solve an ongoing...

Still No Clear Compliance Path for Wildfire Smoke Regulation

In the midst of COVID-19, it is easy to forget the host of other regulations and obligations with which businesses must comply in California....

Bill That Will Kill Thousands of High-Wage Jobs to Be Heard in Senate Committee...

A California Chamber of Commerce job killer bill that threatens thousands of high-wage jobs throughout California and could increase the state's reliance on foreign...

A Permit Quagmire

How long should a permit renewal take? Not a new permit, but a renewal. Three days if your renewal permit is for a desalination...

CalChamber, Water Security Coalition Commend Governor’s Framework to Prepare for Water Supply Challenges

On Wednesday, Governor Gavin Newsom released a framework to help prepare the state’s water supply for the anticipated impacts of climate change. The Water...

The Private Sector Cannot be California’s Safety Net

The California Chamber of Commerce and a coalition of employer groups this week voiced concerns about the feasibility of the wildfire smoke protection emergency...

CalChamber Raises Questions on Feasibility of Wildfire Smoke Rules

The California Chamber of Commerce and a coalition of employer groups this week voiced concerns about the feasibility of the wildfire smoke protection emergency...

Legislature Should Reject Changes to Cap and Trade that Would Increase Price Without Emissions...

The Legislature is considering today a substantial and harmful change to the cap-and-trade market a mere 18 months after the Air Resources Board completed...

Opposition Stops Job Killer Housing Bill

Opposition from a California Chamber of Commerce-led coalition of groups has stopped a job killer bill that would have impeded housing construction and harmed...

Water Supply Conditions

It looks like California is headed for a long dry summer. It’s not unusual for temperatures to reach 110 degrees during the summer months...