Citizens for Responsible Oil & Gas is now Climate First: Replacing Oil & Gas. Why the change?

Following the release of the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, our board of directors felt strongly we needed to better reflect the reality our planet is faced with.

The IPCC clearly warned that we have only a few years in which to make a rapid transition away from reliance on fossil fuels if we are to preserve even a medium chance of avoiding devastating climate impacts. Given the latest science, CFROG recognizes that it can no longer advocate for “responsible” oil and gas development. The organization’s new name reflects and sets the stage for its renewed purpose: transitioning our communities from fossil fuels to clean renewable energy.

We will continue to be your effective watchdog on dangerous and dirty oil industry practices, but are expanding our capacity to take on issues such as the inclusion of a robust climate action plan in Ventura County’s new General Plan, and a new citizen-driven air quality monitoring program.

We also have a new executive director, Marie Lakin, who joins us from the State Assembly and Senate where she worked on climate- and oil and gas-related legislation. She will be working out of our new office at 940 E. Santa Clara, Suite 201, Ventura.