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John Moorlach

John Moorlach

State Senator — CA 37

Republican Representing Orange County

Senator John Moorlach is a climate change denier with one of the worst environmental voting records in the entire California Senate.

During his time in office, Senator Moorlach has made alarming statements questioning human-caused climate change. He even wrote his own report criticizing California’s climate policies and claiming that the jury is still out on whether human activity has an impact on the global climate. His denial of human caused climate change translates to his anti-environment voting record that prioritizes corporations over climate action, clean water, environmental justice, wildlife protection, and waste reduction.

Air Quality & Climate Protection

In 2019, opposed SB 210 which created a Smog Check program for diesel trucks, which emit toxic air pollutants, similar to current Smog Check requirements for passenger vehicles.

In 2017, opposed AB 617 which increased requirements for stationary emitters, enhanced monitoring and reporting of toxic air pollutants, and increased penalty authority to hold polluters accountable for health and safety violations.

In 2016, opposed SB 100, a landmark climate policy which created a goal of 100% renewable energy by 2045 and a mandate of 60% renewable energy by 2030.

In 2016, opposed AB 197 the Climate Equity and Transparency Act, which included reforms that ensure the benefits of climate pollution reduction reach the communities most directly affected and give the Legislature greater oversight responsibility when implementing these climate policies.

In 2016, opposed AB 1550 which requires at least 25 percent of funds from cap-and-trade auction proceeds go to projects directed to disadvantaged communities and at least an additional 10 percent for low-income households or communities.

In 2016, opposed SB 32 which continued California’s 2006 Global Warming Solutions Act by setting a new target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.

In 2015, opposed SB 185 which required California’s public pension funds, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS), to divest from holdings in coal as part of the state’s broader efforts to decarbonize the California economy and transition to clean, renewable energy resources.

In 2015, opposed AB 1288 which expanded the California Air Resources Board (ARB) by adding two seats for people who work with low-income communities and communities of color, with the goal of adding an environmental justice perspective.

Health & Environmental Protections

In 2019, opposed AB 35 to require reporting and follow up on tests showing high lead levels in employees.

In 2019, opposed SB 1 which would have defended California from the Trump Administration’s attempts to rollback or weaken workplace safety laws and environmental laws.

In 2019, refused to support AB 142 which provides ongoing funding for the cleanup of lead contamination caused by lead acid battery smelting facilities, in particular to help communities near the site of the former Exide battery plant in Los Angeles County.

In 2019, supported SB 25 which would reduce environmental review and restrict public participation under the California Environmental Quality Act for projects even just partially funded by opportunity zone funds, which could include industrial or commercial developments in low-income communities.

In 2019, opposed SB 54, which outlines a comprehensive plan to address plastic pollution and the waste crisis by setting targets to achieve a 75% reduction of single-use packaging and products by 2030.

In 2018, opposed AB 2447 which would have created a meaningful process to notify the public of potential adverse health impacts for industrial projects.

In 2017, opposed AB 890 which would have closed a loophole which allows for developers of projects with significant environmental impacts to abuse the initiative process to avoid publicly disclosing or mitigating their environmental and public health impacts.

In 2017, opposed SB 258 which required ingredient disclosure on both product labels and web sites for most kinds of cleaning products sold to consumers and businesses.

In 2016, opposed AB 1066 which provides the same overtime protections for farmworkers as other hourly employees in California.

In 2016, opposed SB 1000 which required the development of an Environmental Justice element for future local General Plans, helping cities and counties to reduce pollution exposure as well as promote better food access, healthier homes, improved air quality, and physical activity in local communities.

Oil, Gas & Transportation

In 2019, opposed SB 127 which would have prioritized the inclusion of complete streets, which is safe and accessible infrastructure for people of all abilities who walk, bike, use public transit, when routine maintenance is done on state owned streets.

In 2019, refused to support AB 1057 which increased the amount of financial security oil companies must provide to ensure that taxpayers are not on the hook for the cost of clean up for retired or abandoned oil and gas wells.

In 2019, refused to support AB 936 which required the state to be more prepared for non-floating oil spills, one of the dirtiest and most destructive heavy crudes, by requiring notifications so that communities know when non-floating oil is being transported through their city and can properly respond if a spill occurs.

In 2019, refused to support AB 342 which prohibits the state from entering into any new lease authorizing new construction of oil and natural gas related infrastructure on federally protected public lands.

In 2019, opposed SB 551 which requires oil and gas operators to demonstrate to the state their ability to pay for the cleanup of oil and gas wells and production facilities. This allows the state to adequately assess the total cost of liabilities and avoid entering billions in liabilities without a plan.

In 2018, refused to support AB 1775 and SB 834, two bills which protected California’s coast from offshore oil drilling by prohibiting new leases for new construction of oil drilling within state waters.

In 2016, opposed SB 1441 which would have prevented California utilities from collecting money from ratepayers for natural gas utilities leak, either accidentally or intentionally.

Water, Land & Parks

In 2019, opposed SB 1 which would have defended California from the Trump Administration’s attempts to rollback or environmental laws such as the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, and workplace safety laws.

In 2019, opposed SB 307 which restored science-based decision-making to stop an environmentally disastrous project, the Cadiz Water Project, which would have pumped 16 billion gallons of water a year from a fragile desert aquifer in the Mojave desert.

In 2018, opposed AB 1668, a drought adaptation policy that helps conserve water by mandating water utilities set and meet conservation targets. Additionally, the bill required agricultural water suppliers to plan for water efficiency and required the state to provide resources to small and rural water suppliers to plan for drought.

In 2018, opposed SB 606, drought adaptation policy helps conserve water by mandating water utility suppliers to set and meet conservation targets.

In 2017, opposed SB 252 which created greater transparency in water well permitting within critically overdrafted water basins by requiring applicants for a new well to notify their neighbors and allow for public comment and a hearing to take place.

In 2016, opposed SB 1386 which made it state policy that protecting and managing natural and working lands is important to meeting California’s climate-change goals, and directed all relevant state agencies to consider this policy when conducting their work.

In 2016, opposed SB 1263 which gave the State Water Resources Control Board a stronger role in ensuring public water systems are not approved if they are unnecessary, ensuring that small, public water agencies are able to provide long-term delivery of safe, clean drinking water.

Campaign Finance

Sen. John Moorlach has accepted oil industry contributions and consistently sides with the oil industry when voting.

Tell John Moorlach:

I OPPOSE efforts in the legislature to roll back critical environmental and health protections. We are in a public health crisis. I demand that our elected leaders protect our air, our water, our climate and our communities."