Cooper Hefner Statement on California’s Energy Grid and Heat Wave Emergency
Over the past days, millions of Californians have experienced power blackouts while record-breaking heat covers the state. This does more than disrupt lives, it kills. The energy crisis currently being experienced alongside the heat wave is yet more evidence of the need for California to invest in a modern electricity grid, switch even more rapidly to renewable energy, and closely regulate the behavior of utilities to keep them from unnecessarily subjecting citizens to these dangerous conditions.
California has not experienced statewide rolling blackouts due to energy shortages since 2001. However, with blackouts due to fire prevention and outages associated with aging infrastructure, the frequency of energy distribution issues over the past years is unacceptable. California requires a modern energy grid, not an unreliable one that resembles a developing country. Widely distributed solar power capabilities on residential buildings, along with further investment in municipal clean energy production, would go a long way to fixing current capacity issues. But we also need to invest in innovations in the electric grid, power storage, and more efficient buildings. Combined, we can create a cleaner California where no one is sitting in the dark, struggling with unbearable heat, or unable to access the digital services they need.
For those currently experiencing outages or unable to access air conditioning, please see the list of cooling centers in Los Angeles County here. The cooling centers are following social distancing guidelines and doing their best to keep people safe and cool.
Cooper Hefner Statement on Record Breaking California Fires
Our California communities are once again being ravaged by fires. Emergency responders are currently fighting over 600 fires across the state. Thousands of Californians are under evacuation notice, over 1 million acres of land have been devastated by the blazes, and lives have tragically been lost. My heart is with the communities reeling at the […]
Cooper Hefner Statement on Treatment of the Uighur People
California must be a positive force in the global fight for civil liberties and human rights. Our state’s prominent role in the United States and global economy positions itself to be just that. California’s government needs to take action to do its part to stop the cultural genocide of the Uighurs in Xinjiang, China. The […]