When you cross the California environmental community, they will let you know.
Oct 14, 2019
Environmentalists in don't like to lose and in California aren't used to ever losing. That's why they let it be known they wouldn't stand for the veto of SB1, the California Environment, Public Health, and Workers Defense Act of 2019. So when Governor Gavin Newsom followed through with his threat to veto the bill on Friday, Sept. 27, environmental groups let loose with a flurry of press releases, articles and statements denouncing the governor.
If you want to put the battle in terms of war, environmentalista always take new ground, they never retreat. Remember, the veto of SB1 wasn't a real loss in terms of losing ground, it just didn't allow them to take new ground. So, in a way, it was a push for them. But that didn't stop them from hammering Newsom. When you cross the California environmental community, they will let you know.
According to the S.F. Chronicle, "His rejection of Senate Bill 1 puts Newsom squarely at odds with just about every major conservation group in the state in fortifying defenses for endangered species against the Trump administration’s efforts to weaken federal law." The L.A. Times called it "a move scorned by environmental groups that have been among the governor’s most important political allies." Annie Notthoff of the NRDC said, "Citing California’s record of ‘deploying all the tools at the state’s disposal,’ Governor Newsom just refused to employ a new potentially powerful tool in SB 1. That’s mystifying.”
Almost every environmental group had something to say about Newsom, none of it good. Like we say, they don't take kindly to losing. Then one week later, the governor made another announcemnt 'just before climate week'. He said he was taking gas tax money that been directed at road construction and repairs, and redirecting it toward "climate goals to achieve the objectives of the state’s Climate Change Scoping Plan. Specifically the Governor is ordering a focus for transportation investments near housing, and on managing congestion through innovative strategies that encourage alternatives to driving." Fixing roads doesn't encourage alternatives to driving.
So was this a payback to the environmental groups that had so vocally criticized him? We report, you decide.
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