#ClimateCourageBudget Priorities to Double Down on Climate Solutions

California must spend what it takes to win the climate fight before time runs out.

The #ClimateCourageBudget campaign urges California’s leaders to double down on Governor Gavin Newsom’s unprecedented $37.6 billion proposal and commit at least five percent of state spending over five years – roughly $75 billion – to protect our future.

Our campaign supports Governor Newsom’s proposals and urges the following spending increases to invest in large scale infrastructure projects to stop the climate crisis from getting catastrophically worse.

  • $28.4 BILLION FOR TRANSPORTATION – This is the largest source of climate emissions. Newsom’s budget proposes $10 billion for active transportation, High Speed Rail, and expanding zero-emission vehicle ownership. We are seeking $18.4 billion more to ensure all Californians, especially those most impacted by vehicle pollution, benefit from clean car ownership and have more transit and active transportation alternatives available.
  • $9.7 BILLION FOR CLEAN ENERGY – We can’t win the climate fight without accelerating clean power generation, storage, and access. Newsom’s budget proposes $2 billion for energy grid upgrades needed to connect with more solar and wind power generation. We are seeking $7.7 billion more to go bigger on these proposals, power 1 million homes and public buildings on affordable 100% clean energy, and build community resilience centers that aid emergency response efforts to climate disasters as they grow in frequency and intensity.
  • $2.9 BILLION FOR GREENING BUILDINGS Newsom’s budget proposes $2 billion for building decarbonization, pollution-reducing retrofits for low-income Californians, and infill development and affordable housing. We are seeking an additional $900 million to power homes for low-income Californians on electricity instead of natural gas and to expand the Governor’s retrofit proposal. 
  • $7.2 BILLION FOR WATER – Recurring drought fueled by climate change threatens our access to water. Newsom’s budget proposes $5.2 billion for water supply, management, and conservation. We are seeking $2 billion more to provide water bill assistance and water efficiency assistance for low income families, make improvements to water systems at risk of drought, monitor groundwater, and drought emergency actions.
  • $2.4 BILLION FOR WILDFIRES – Record wildfires are incinerating communities, destroying our forests, and choking us with toxic smoke. Newsom’s budget proposes $1.5 billion to reduce the risk of catastrophic fires and protect our forests. We are seeking $915 billion more to support smoke warning systems, stronger enforcement of job safety protections for Californians working outside during smoke days, fire training centers, and community readiness.
  • $7.7 BILLION FOR NATURE-BASED SOLUTIONSNewsom’s budget proposes $3.7 billion for urban greening, harnessing our natural landscapes and farms to capture carbon, and forest health. We are seeking $4 billion more to strengthen these initiatives while also dedicating funding for land and ecosystem preservation.
  • $625 MILLION FOR RACIAL JUSTICE AND DEMOCRACY – More democracy is the solution to inequality and climate change. We are seeking $625 million for voter outreach along with establishing a state Office of Racial Equity and a new community-based program to house families displaced by climate change.
  • $18.1 BILLION FOR A JUST TRANSITION FROM FOSSIL FUELS – Many Californians provide for their families through jobs in the oil industry and they must prosper in a green economy. Newsom’s budget proposes $435 million to plug orphan wells and retrain workers. We are seeking an additional $17.7 billion to expand these efforts while ensuring the livelihoods for impacted workers and the availability of vital services in communities where local tax revenues will fall.

For further information, see our budget proposal to Governor Newsom and the State Legislature.