A key Assembly panel has endorsed legislation by Sen. Pavley to extend California’s efforts to reduce climate-changing pollution well into the 21st Century.
Senate Bill 32 on Monday passed the Assembly Natural Resources Committee and now goes to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
SB 32 builds on progress made by Sen. Pavley’s 2006 law, AB 32. The landmark legislation required polluters to cut releases of carbon dioxide and other types of greenhouse gases to 1990 levels by 2020.
“SB 32 sets a firm goal that will protect the public health while giving businesses market certainty as they reduce climate pollution to 80% below 1990 levels by mid-century,” Pavley said.
The bill leaves details about how those goals are reached to the Legislature, future governors and state regulators. Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De León’s bill, SB 350, which also won committee approval, is a first step. The proposal would cut petroleum consumption, boost production of clean, renewable power and increase the energy efficiency of buildings.
Both the Pavley and De León bills are needed to protect the health of people living in highly polluted neighborhoods, testified Rachelle Reyes Wenger, director of public policy and community advocacy for Dignity Health, the state’s largest, private, non-profit hospital system.
“For those who say this…is too fast, too soon, too expensive,” she said, “ I say already we are late to do more.”
Pavley’s effort to curb climate change was just one of four of her bills that advanced in the Natural Resources Committee.
* SB 248 requires state regulators, the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources to begin revising its rules for overseeing the disposal of oil-related waste water in underground injection wells. Such practices could contaminate protected, subterranean drinking water supplies. The measure also shuts a loophole that allows the oil industry to not report some drilling-related activities.
* SB 471 provides new information to policy makers and technicians about the connection between electric power consumption and the movement of water around California.
* SB 209 overhauls and modernizes the state’s Surface Mining and Reclamation Act.