Notthoff, Ann


Ann Notthoff is Natural Resources Defense Council's California advocacy director. She coordinates statewide campaigns and represents NRDC in the state capitol on a wide range of issues including global warming, water policy and coast and ocean protection.

Pacific States Aren't Waiting for Congress to Tackle Climate Change, Governors Work Together

By Annie Notthoff

Natural Resources Defense Council

Monday afternoon, the governors of California, Oregon, Washington, and the premier of British Columbia will sign an ambitious Pacific Coast climate and energy action plan that will encompass a population of 53 million in the world’s fifth-largest economic region.

California's Environmental Leadership: Making Progress Amid Economic Recovery

By Ann Notthoff

What California does makes a difference. When President Obama increased national mileage standards last year, he built on the pioneering work that Senator Fran Pavley started here in 2002. We dream big, we take big steps and when it comes to environmental and public health protection, nobody does it better. With his new budget proposal today, Governor Brown has a chance to build on our state's strong record of environmental and public health protection.

Celebrating 40 Years of California Coastal Protection this Oceans Day

By Annie Notthoff
Natural Resources Defense Council

This past Oceans Day, as conservationists, fishermen, scientists and beachgoers gathered in Sacramento on Monday on behalf of our coasts and marine life, we have special reason to celebrate California’s leadership in coastal and ocean protection. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the California Coastal Program which has protected our Golden State’s 1,100 miles of beautiful, winding coastline for four decades and for generations to come.

Anyone who has wiggled their toes in the sugar-soft sand of California’s beaches or listened in awe to the waves crashing against our sheer cliffs knows what a special place the California coast is. But with an exploding population and increasing demands on our oceans and coastline, it’s thanks to the bold, determined leadership of the California Coastal Commission that we continue to enjoy the beauty and resources of our coast and ocean.

John Laird Named to Key Environmental Post in Brown Administration

By Ann Notthoff
Natural Resources Defense Council

I’ve been lucky enough to know and work with John Laird ever since he was a Santa Cruz city councilman and we first joined forces with then Congressman Leon Panetta and US Senator Pete Wilson to protect California’s coastal environment and economy from offshore oil drilling proposals. Today we all have very good reasons to applaud our new Governor Jerry Brown’s appointment of former Assemblyman Laird as Secretary of Natural Resources. Simply put, John Laird bring unparalleled expertise and experience to the job of protecting the public trust of the state’s waters, public lands, and wildlife and helping chart a course to a clean energy economy here in California.

California Voters Say Yes to Clean Energy and to Ending Budget Gridlock

By Ann Notthoff
NRDC

In back-to-back hits to Texas, one day after the San Francisco Giants beat the Rangers, California voters delivered a second great triumph, voting to safeguard the state’s booming clean energy economy by defeating Proposition 23 and saying no to dirty Texas oil.

There were nine measures on the statewide November ballot and NRDC took positions on four of them: we supported Propositions 21 and 25, and opposed Propositions 23 and 26.

Texas: What Part of NO Don’t You Understand?

By Ann Notthoff
NRDC

The thermometer at the National Weather Service’s Los Angeles office hit 113 degrees on Monday – and then it broke.

This record-breaking heat conforms to a larger trend. A recent State of the Climate report, compiled by more than 300 scientists in 48 countries, concluded that “…global warming is undeniable.” The last 10 years have been the warmest on record. That decade beat the previous record holder:  the 1990s.

Billionaire Polluters Pay a Million to Foul California’s Air – Who’s Behind Prop 23?

By Ann Notthoff
NRDC

Of one thing you can be certain: when the Koch Brothers ride into town, dirty money follows. This is particularly bad news for California as the Koch Brothers last week arrived to join other out of state polluters trying to buy their right to keep polluting our air here in the Golden State.

The two billionaire siblings, David and Charles Koch, own Koch Industries, a Wichita-based oil conglomerate that maintains refineries in three states and 4,000 miles of pipeline.

As energy companies go, Koch Industries is something of a stealth entity. The Center for Public Integrity recently completed a major report on the company, noting that “Koch Industries could be the biggest oil company you have never heard of.” While it is little known to the public, its estimated revenues in 2009 were about $40 billion, making it bigger than AT&T, Microsoft or Merrill Lynch.

California Crossroads

By Annie Notthoff
NRDC

The fight to protect California’s environment entered a new round yesterday when Secretary of State Deborah Bowen announced that the backers of the initiative to repeal our landmark law to combat global warming, AB 32, had qualified their dirty energy proposition for the November ballot. And we, along with a big coalition are ready to fight and defeat their sneaky initiative. 

Yesterday in San Francisco, Mayor Gavin Newsom and local environmental leaders lambasted this deceptive initiative that would roll back AB 32 which has put California on the cutting edge of the 21 Century’s emerging green economy, clean tech research, and the development of carbon-neutral fuel sources.

Gulf Tragedy is a Grim Reminder that California Needs to Fight for Clean Energy

By Annie Notthoff
Natural Resources Defense Council

Flash back 41 years ago to a January morning in 1969 on an offshore oil platform in the Santa Barbara Channel. And back to now - the oil spill that is devastating the Gulf of Mexico is a wake-up call for California. As anyone of a certain age will recall, the blow-out on a rig off Santa Barbara dumped 100,000 barrels of heavy, viscous crude into the sea over a 10-day period. About thirty-five miles of beach were covered with reeking black goo, and thousands of birds perished.

Californians Know Better

By Annie Notthoff
Natural Resources Defense Council

A bunch of the dirtiest oil refiners from Texas are trying to derail landmark California legislation that will cut greenhouse gas pollution and jumpstart the state’s emerging green economy.

The cabal, led by Texas-based Valero Energy Corp., Tesoro Corp., Tower Energy Group and World Oil Corp, is spending millions of dollars to pay professional signature gatherers to circulate petitions to qualify the “California Jobs Initiative” for the November ballot. They’ve already upped the payment to $2 per name – more than 4 times the going rate. That just shows how unpopular their dirty energy proposition is and how determined the polluters are to pay whatever it costs to get it on the ballot.