Center for Biological Diversity

Media Advisory, November 6, 2017

Contact:  Jean Su, +1 (415) 770-3187,

Bonn Press Conference to Unveil Report on How California's Dirty Oil Undermines Climate Leadership

BONN, Germany— The Center for Biological Diversity will present a new report on California’s dirty oil production at the United Nations climate conference this Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017.

The Center’s analysis found that the majority of oil produced in California is as climate-damaging as Canadian tar sands crude. The report further details how California’s policies incentivize oil and gas development, stifling the state’s climate progress.

The press briefing comes two days before California Gov. Jerry Brown begins a series of speeches at the conference.

“Jerry Brown is hailed as America’s de facto climate leader under Trump, but his state’s dirty oil is actually a major contributor to global warming,” said Jean Su, the Center’s associate conservation director. “Brown aggressively promotes fracking and drilling, even as California pumps out some of the world’s most climate-damaging crude. The governor won’t be a real climate hero until he changes course to keep this dangerously dirty oil in the ground.”

What: Press conference releasing the Center’s new report on dirty oil production in California and policy recommendations

When: Thursday, Nov. 9, 9:30-10:00 a.m. CET

Where: Press Conference Room 2 in the BULA Zone at the United Nations climate conference in Bonn, Germany. Live Streaming also available at

Who: Speakers include Center for Biological Diversity staff scientist John Fleming and the Center’s associate conservation director and staff attorney Jean Su.

The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1.5 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.

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