Historic Legislative Proposals Power New Clean-Energy Economy
SACRAMENTO – Several members from the California State Senate introduced a package of legislative proposals that will strengthen California’s leadership in powering a new clean-energy economy. The proposals include historic benchmarks for pollution reduction, energy efficiency, and petroleum use that will spur innovation and investment and maintain California’s lead in creating jobs in the advanced energy sector. This will be the first series of bills introduced by Senate Democrats to combat climate change and preserve the environment.
Details of the proposals along with bill language, charts, articles, and statements from a broad coalition of supporters are online here: http://focus.senate.ca.gov/climate.
SB 32 (Pavley) sets an overarching climate pollution reduction target of 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. Setting clear, achievable climate pollution reduction targets in law and identifying priorities to guide implementation will provide critical accountability, as well as certainty to businesses investing for the long term in California. This commitment will also secure fees paid by polluters for the foreseeable future, in effect stabilizing revenues from our cap-and-trade system that go into energy efficiency, cleaner transportation, and investing in disproportionately impacted communities.
Senator Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills), who authored the successful laws the Senate climate package builds upon, says, "We must send a strong signal to the thousands of businesses already investing in job creation through pollution reduction that the state will stand with you to continue our long-term growth. Building on the success of our existing policies will create even more jobs and save families and businesses money on their energy and fuel bills, while also reducing pollution to ensure a cleaner and healthier environment for all.”