Chabot, Warner


Warner Chabot is the CEO of the California League of Conservation Voters.

AG Kamala Harris Leads Strong Legal Defense of California's Marine Life Protection Act

By Warner Chabot

Kudos to Attorney General Kamala Harris for defending the state’s landmark Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) from a lawsuit filed against the California Fish and Game Commission by members of the Partnership for Sustainable Oceans (PSO), an industry group supported by foreign fishing equipment interests.

The Attorney General is taking strong action in protecting California’s coast from this meritless, “Hail Mary” legal attack by overseas special interests. In a brief filed in San Diego Superior Court late last week, the California Department of Justice asked for dismissal of the suit, which was filed by PSO group member, the Coastside Fishing Club.

The PSO has battled the establishment of marine reserves off the California coast for several years. It has spent millions on lawsuits and a public relations campaign attacking the scientifically-backed proposals to set aside areas of the ocean to allow fish and other marine life to rebuild after decades of heavy exploitation.

Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) Benefits California’s Environment and Economy

By Warner Chabot
California League of Conservation Voters

The Marine Life Protection Act makes California a leader in smart and forward-thinking management of valuable ocean resources. In a time when we’ve already taken 90 percent of the world’s big fish, our state is looking ahead, and investing in the long-term health of our economically and ecologically vital coastal waters by creating a network of marine protected areas along the length of the coast. And we’re doing it using the best available marine science.

How Did Your Representatives Vote on the Environment?

By Warner Chabot
California League of Conservation Voters

California’s clean air and water, pristine coastline, wild open spaces and public health protections don’t happen by accident. They happen because champions for the environment run for office, and once they’re elected, they work to pass laws that protect our natural resources and improve our quality of life.

Today the California League of Conservation Voters released our annual California Environmental Scorecard. The Scorecard is the behind-the-scenes look at the battle to protect the Golden State’s natural legacy and public health, and reveals how the governor and members of the state legislature voted on critical environmental proposals in the 2010 legislative session. (Take action: let your legislators know what you think about their 2010 scores!)

John Laird Appointed as Secretary for Natural Resources

By Warner Chabot
California League of Conservation Voters

As one of his first actions, Governor Jerry Brown has appointed the Honorable John Laird as California Secretary for Natural Resources.  This is a superb decision.  A longtime environmental champion, John Laird served with distinction for six years as an Assemblyman representing the central coast counties of Santa Cruz and Monterey.  During this period, John received a 100% rating from both the California League of Conservation Voters and the Sierra Club for his votes on environmental issues.

The California League of Conservation Voters enthusiastically endorsed John when he ran for state office. We’re equally thrilled that he will continue to protect California’s natural, historical and cultural resources in this new role.

A Vote for Jerry Brown is a Vote for California’s Clean Energy Future

By Warner Chabot
California League of Conservation Voters

We have just over a month until the 2010 gubernatorial election, when Californians will choose who will lead our state in a time of great economic uncertainty. On November 2, Californians will cast their votes for a candidate who they believe is most qualified to lead California to a brighter, more sustainable future. But will they elect a candidate who will prioritize California’s transition to a clean energy economy?

The California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV)—the non-partisan political arm of the environmental movement in California—has endorsed Jerry Brown for governor of California. As attorney general and as a former governor of our great state, Brown has a stellar record of protecting the environment and public health through his leadership on and tough enforcement of our state’s environmental laws.

Big Oil’s Hazardous Landscape on Repeal of AB 32

By Warner Chabot
California League of Conservation Voters

When Texas oil refiners Valero and Tesoro were contemplating whether to buy their way onto the California ballot last winter, they envisioned a ripe environment for their proposition to repeal the state's clean energy and air standards: skyrocketing unemployment rates, a Tea Party-inspired anti-regulation backlash, and increased skepticism about the science of global warming fueled by the rants of right-wing talking heads Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh.