Gavin Newsom
2020 Score: 87%
Lifetime Score:86%

Past Scores:

Gavin Newsom

Phone: 916 445 2841

Website
Party: Democrat
Years in office:

2

The end of 2020 marked Gavin Newsom’s second full year as California’s Governor. Last year, Governor Newsom faced a difficult task of leading the nation’s most populous state through three simultaneous crises: a public health crisis, an economic crisis, and the climate crisis. The Governor’s leadership on these crises largely came through utilization of executive actions. With the Legislature focused on addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, the time necessary to vote on important legislation was severely shortened. The Governor’s use of executive powers to swiftly address urgent issues was, therefore, all the more critical. The Governor’s Environmental Score reflects these good executive actions, including ones to expand vote-by-mail, accelerate the adoption of zero-emission cars and trucks, and utilize natural and working lands to combat climate change. These actions, combined with his record of environmental bills he signed and vetoed, earned him a B+ environmental score, an improvement from 2019.

Newsom’s score invites additional actions to utilize all tools at the Governor’s disposal to swiftly and boldly address the climate crisis. Notably, the Governor has a significant opportunity to accelerate the transition away from fossil fuels. Last year saw witness to a global pandemic, worsening economic and racial inequality as a direct result of who was impacted most by the pandemic, deadly heatwaves across the state, and a destructive and deadly wildfire season that burned over 4 million acres of land and covered the skies with smoke. These challenges demonstrate the urgent need for accelerated climate action, renewable energy solutions that will replace fossil fuel-based power sources, protections for the health and safety of communities, and a need to hold polluters accountable for their pollution and contribution to a worsening climate and public health crisis.

We encourage you to take a moment to call your legislator using the phone number listed above, let them what you think about their environmental score and why it matters to you that your legislator always vote for climate justice.

HOW WE CALCULATED
THE GOVERNOR'S 2020 WEIGHTED SCORE:

Extra Credit:
+1 for pro-environment Executive Order or Action
-1 for anti-environment Executive Order or Action

PRO-ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIONANTI-ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIONNo vote was taken

Also included in Governor’s Score:

Pro-Environment Action Executive Order

Protections from Evictions, Foreclosures, and Utility Shutoffs During the Pandemic

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March 2020: This executive order provided Californians at risk of losing their homes due to the pandemic with immediate relief by authorizing local governments to halt evictions and slow foreclosures. It also directed state agencies to ensure residents continued to have to essential utilities such as water, electricity, phone and internet.

Pro-Environment Action Executive Order

Ban on Water Shutoffs During the Pandemic

Full text of action

April 2020: In response to the COVID-19 public health crisis, this executive order instituted an immediate moratorium on water service shutoffs for homes and businesses who may have not been able to pay their water bills due to the economic impacts of the pandemic.

Pro-Environment Action Executive Order

Mailing Vote-By-Mail Ballots to Every Voter

Full text of action

May 2020: Ensuring that Californians had the opportunity to exercise their right to vote in a safe and accessible manner during the pandemic, this executive order required all county elections officials to mail every active, registered voter a vote-by-mail ballot for the November 2020 General Election. This executive order was accompanied with the signing of AB 860, by Assemblymember Marc Berman, which provided that every voter receive a vote-by-mail ballot, in addition to other important voter protections.

Pro-Environment Action Executive Order

Ensuring Access to In-Person Voting for Every Voter

Full text of action

June 2020 Executive Order: As a follow up to the Governor’s vote-by-mail executive order, this executive order mandated that voters in every county had enough safe and accessible in-person voting locations. In-person voting provides essential services and assistance that is especially important for vulnerable communities at risk of disenfranchisement. This executive order was accompanied with the signing of SB 423, by Senator Tom Umberg, which provided that every county have a minimum number of voting locations, in addition to other important voter protections.

Pro-Environment Action Executive Order

Zero Emission Cars & Trucks

Full text of action

September 2020: This executive order creates a goal for the state that by 2035, all in-state sales of new passenger cars and trucks be zero-emission vehicles, and by 2045, all medium and heavy-duty diesel trucks be zero-emission. This executive order also includes other important measures with the goal of eliminating harmful emissions from the transportation sector.

Pro-Environment Action Executive Action

Establishment of the Nation’s First Climate Corp

Full text of action

September 2020: This executive order creates a new statewide initiative to coordinate and galvanize Californians to take meaningful action to protect their homes, health and communities against the harshest impacts of climate change. The California Climate Action Corps will empower volunteers to engage in projects and activities in their communities. The establishment of the Climate Action Corps Fellows program will direct 250 AmeriCorps fellows to support local climate action projects in front-line and low-income communities across the state.

Pro-Environment Action Executive Order

Nature Based Solutions for Climate Resiliency

Full text of action

October, 2020: This executive order directs state agencies to implement a number of nature-based solutions to maximize the climate benefits of California’s natural and working lands, and to protect the state’s rich biodiversity through practices such as healthy soils management, wetland restoration, forest management, and boosting green infrastructure in urban areas. This executive order also sets a goal to conserve at least 30% of California’s land and coastal waters by 2030, joining a global effort to conserve 30% of the planet by 2030 (30 by 30).

Pro-Environment Action Executive Action

Agreement between Governor Newsom, Oregon Governor Brown, Tribal Leaders and Klamath Dam Owner to Advance Historic Salmon Restoration Plan

Full text of action

November, 2020: A Memorandum of Agreement was signed by the states of California and Oregon, the Yurok Tribe, the Karuk Tribe, PacifiCorp and the Klamath River Renewal Corporation (KRRC) regarding how to implement the amended Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement (KHSA), which sets the terms for the removal of four Klamath River dams. Removal of the dams represents one of the largest restoration projects ever undertaken, providing critical habitat for salmon and other ecological resources sacred to Indigenous communities and the health of all those who live along the Klamath river.

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