California Climate Legislation Victory!

victory-150x150Our Climate Change Team actively supported LWVC and other environmental groups that waged a hard fight to help pass two major climate change bills. SB 350 (de León and Leno), passed with some changes, and SB 32 (Pavley) moved to the next legislative session.

SB 350 had three elements: 1) to increase our Renewable Portfolio Standard to 50% renewable energy sources for electricity generation by 2030,  2) to reduce petroleum use by 50% by 2030 and 3) to increase building efficiency by 50% by 2030.

The oil industry strongly opposed SB 350’s petroleum requirement. In the end, that provision was removed from the bill. The amended bill has been signed by the Governor. Despite the dropped section, it is an important success.

SB 32, which would have strengthened the AB 32 greenhouse gas reduction targets, fell victim to attacks on the Air Resources Board’s authority. The original SB 32 had the ambitious goal of reducing emissions to 80% below 1990 levels by 2050, but was amended to the more modest – but still ambitious – goal of 40% below 1990 levels by 2030. AB 32, passed in 2006, had set the original goal to reach 1990 levels by 2020. At the end of the legislative session, SB 32 was in the Natural Resources Committee, so no vote was taken. The bill will be reconsidered in next year’s session.

If you want to be part of the fight to get SB 32 passed, join the Climate Change Team. Your help is very welcome.

– Diz Swift, Action Coordinator

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