EJ Groups Flex Muscle

Abalone Cove Shoreline Park has a beach with accessible tide pools in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. on Jan. 13, 2021. Photo by Shae Hammond for CalMatters

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.

To learn more about what Biden’s presidency means for California’s environment, check out this comprehensive explainer from CalMatters’ Julie Cart and Rachel Becker — it even includes a Magic 8 Ball that predicts his administration’s actions. According to the Magic 8 Ball, it’s very likely Biden will reinstate California’s authority to set its own auto emissions standards — an assessment Newsom appears to agree with.

  • Newsom in a Wednesday tweet“Hey, Toyota, Fiat, Hyundai, and Subaru — hope you watched (Biden’s) remarks. … Now, before all you companies start talking about national emissions standards, why don’t you start with DROPPING your climate killing, Trump-era lawsuits against CA?”

But even with a federal government that shares many of California’s environmental goals, all is not quiet on the Western Front. Newsom has come under fire from environmental justice groups — which are gaining influence in California and nationwide — for continuing to issue fracking permits. His administration approved 1,709 new oil and gas permits in 2020, a 117% increase from the year before, according to NewsomWellWatch, a site maintained by advocacy groups.

The California Environmental Justice Alliance gave Newsom a 44% rating on a scorecard released Wednesday, blasting the governor for vetoing a bill that would have reformed the state’s Department of Toxic Substances Control.

  • CEJAWe urge “Newsom to work closely with environmental justice groups to identify and act on necessary, transformative solutions to our climate and economic crises. … It would be a shame, and the governor’s unfortunate legacy, to let this moment pass us by.”

CalMatters.org is a nonprofit, nonpartisan media venture explaining California policies and politics. 

  • Attacks on Asian American Communities Rising

    When a new wave of anti-Asian violence was recently reported to be hitting the Bay Area, news media left us with an impression that we were in the midst of a conflict pitting Blacks against Asians.

  • CA eases way for schools to reopen full-time

    California just made it significantly easier for K-12 schools to bring students back to campus full-time — but some of the state’s largest districts and most powerful unions are pushing back, suggesting that hundreds of thousands of students may not receive daily in-person instruction this school year.

  • Putting her children before the fields

    On average, one in eight Californians have been late on rent during the pandemic, and the majority of them are single mothers.

  • California to hit critical milestone for reopening today

    Here’s what you need to know about what happens next when the state delivers 2 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to low-income communities.



Pledge Now!
KPFK is a progressive media outlet challenging corporate media perspectives and providing a voice to voiceless communities. Help keep KPFK a strong and independent source of music, arts, news and information.


  • Evolution of the Groove

    5:00pm - 6:00pm

    Free Form Progressive Platform Covers A Multitude Of Genres In The Spirit Of Miles

  • FolkScene

    6:00pm - 8:00pm

    FolkScene.com is dedicated to providing the highest quality music and information to the Folk and Acoustic Community

  • Head Room

    8:00pm - 10:00pm

    Head Room is a wide-open venue for exploratory rock and roll, be it psychedelic pioneers such as the Grateful Dead, contemporary jam-rock, healthy doses of vintage progressive rock, new music from myriad experimental, improvisational, accidental, avant-fr

  • L.A. Theatre Works

    10:00pm - 12:00am

    Founded in 1974, L.A. Theatre Works' mission is to record and preserve great performances of important stage plays, maximizing the use of new technologies to make world-class theatre accessible to the widest possible audience...


Get the Pacifica App

Listen to all the Pacifica Stations on your phone, get news updates and more!

  • Available on the App Store
  • Available on Google Play

Today's Weather

  • Los Angeles Area Forecast

    Sunny intervals

    High: 70°F | Low: 55°F

Weather Forecast

  • Sun


  • Mon


  • Tue


  • Wed


  • Thu


Follow us on Social Media