FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 10, 2018, 10:30am
Statement by Miya Yoshitani, Executive Director, Asian Pacific Environmental Network:
“We applaud State Senator de Leon’s leadership on SB 100 which sets California on a path to 100% renewable energy by 2045. The critical question now is whether the transition to 100% renewable energy will be a just transition that benefits everyone, especially workers and communities most impacted by pollution and climate change.
We are doing our part – we worked with frontline communities across the state to shape policies like the state’s $1 billion investment in Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing and the Public Utilities Commission’s Community Shared Solar Program which brings clean energy and can bring good jobs to the neighborhoods that need it most. At the county level, we’re working in coalition to create local models so that residents, not big profit-driven utilities, have control over how our neighborhoods are powered. Most importantly, we’re bringing poor and working class people of color together locally to design renewable energy projects that meet people’s needs.
Now, we need elected officials to do their part – commit to a managed decline of oil and gas production across the state and support us in building a community-owned 100% renewable energy infrastructure that benefits everyone and curbs climate change.”