Environmental / Agriculture

2023 Job Killers

CalChamber Names Arbitrary Greenhouse Gas Target as Job Killer

The California Chamber of Commerce today announced that it has identified SB 12 (Stern; D-Canoga Park), which sets an arbitrary greenhouse gas target, as...
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Will California’s Misused Environmental Law Finally Be Reformed?

The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) has been weaponized in conflicts over housing for years, and a new appellate court decision affecting UC Berkeley...

With All This Rain and Snow, Can California Really Still Be in a Drought?...

Only weeks after a series of atmospheric rivers deluged California, the state is once again bracing for powerful winter weather that could deliver heaps of rain...

Governor Issues Order to Increase Water Held in Reservoirs

Earlier this week, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an Executive Order intended to allow officials to hold more water in reservoirs. The order updates an...
Brush and Tree Landscape Burning

State Agencies Grant CalChamber-Led Request for More Time to Comment on Fire Hazard Zones

At the urging of a California Chamber of Commerce-led coalition, state agencies have extended the time they will take comments on a recently released...
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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 Advocacy

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 Advocacy

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...