California’s environmental agenda gets new energy


Good morning, California. It’s Thursday, January 28.

EJ groups flex muscle

Abalone Cove Shoreline Park in Rancho Palos Verdes on Jan. 13, 2021. Photo by Shae Hammond for CalMatters

President Joe Biden on Wednesday issued a lengthy executive order on the environment and climate change, paving the way for California to advance its ambitious agenda even as numerous roadblocks remain.

Among Biden’s directives was a moratorium on new oil and gas leases on federal land — throwing into limbo seven Kern County leases the Trump administration auctioned off in December against California’s wishes. Biden also wants to conserve 30% of the nation’s lands and waters by 2030, a goal to which Gov. Gavin Newsom committed California in October. And the president plans to create a Civilian Climate Corps, evoking the California Climate Action Corps Newsom formed in September and whose first cohort began their fellowships this month.

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