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Sen. Fran Pavley

[Sen. Pavley] – State Sen. Fran Pavley on Thursday heralded Gov. Jerry Brown’s signing of historic climate legislation, saying the governor’s action will ensure California stays on course to clean the air and build a robust clean-energy economy for the 21st century.

“With its Clean Car Law in 2002 and the Global Warming Solutions Act in 2006, California took a global lead in adopting policies to transition to clean energy and reduce climate pollution,” said Pavley, who represents western portions of the Santa Clarita Valley in the California Senate.

“The governor’s action sends a strong market signal – one that will give certainty to investors and innovators who are anxious to expand thriving clean businesses that have already created hundreds of thousands of jobs.”

In a ceremony at Vista Hermosa Natural Park overlooking downtown Los Angeles, Brown on Thursday signed into law SB 32 and AB 197, a two-bill package that extends the state’s climate pollution reduction targets to 2030 and ensures that the implementation to achieve those targets is carried out equitably and transparently.

In the week since its passage, SB 32 has been hailed as the kind of sweeping climate legislation for which California is now globally renowned. It has been described as the next in a series of critical statewide and national milestones that address the way our legislation and regulation address climate change.

The bill sets a new climate pollution reduction target of 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030, and is the companion bill to AB 197 by Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia, which includes provisions to ensure the benefits of state climate policies reach into disadvantaged communities and to give the Legislature greater oversight over implementation of those policies.

Pavley noted the legislation is the most recent in a long history of clean-air action in California that began more than a half-century ago, when “downtown L.A. was usually invisible, behind a thick layer of smog and pollution.  It was so bad that the clear days were out of the ordinary. So bad that we kicked into gear. California snapped into action because the status quo was not acceptable.”

Pavley was also a co-author of AB 32, known as the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, and author of the Clean Car Act in 2002, the nation’s first law to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from vehicle tailpipes.

SB 32 puts into law the same target embodied in an executive order issued by Brown last year.

SB 32 and AB 197 are the fruits of a new partnership among Garcia, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, and many other members of the Legislature, who sought to carry on state climate policies but to also make reforms in their implementation.

AB 197 directs the California Air Resources Board to prioritize regulations to protect disadvantaged communities by focusing on reducing direct emissions at stationary and mobile sources. It also adds a definition for the social costs of greenhouse gas emissions for the board to include in evaluating the cost-effectiveness of measures developed to achieve reductions.

In addition, AB 197 adds several accountability and transparency provisions to guarantee greater public oversight of state climate programs. Among them are the creation of a Joint Legislative Committee on Climate Policies to conduct an ongoing review of policies, and the designation of a senator and Assembly member to serve as non-voting, ex officio members of the Air Board.

SB 32 requires the Air Resources Board to develop technologically feasible and cost-effective regulations to achieve the targeted reductions.

The target is aligned with scientifically established levels needed in the United States and other developed countries to limit global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius – the objective of a global commitment agreed to by nearly 200 nations at December’s UN climate summit in Paris.

Several scientific analyses, including one by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, demonstrate there is a range of feasible technologies and policy pathways that California can pursue to meet the target.

 


 

Statement from Gov. Jerry Brown:

LOS ANGELES – Ten years after California adopted the toughest greenhouse gas emission reduction goals in the nation, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today strengthened that commitment, signing SB 32 by Senator Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills) and AB 197 by Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella), which require the state to cut emissions at least 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 and invest in the communities hardest hit by climate change.

“Climate change is real, and knowing that, California is taking action,” said Governor Brown. “SB 32 and AB 197 are far-reaching moves that continue California on its path of vast innovation and environmental resilience.”

Governor Brown signed the legislation from the Vista Hermosa Natural Park, a 10-acre urban wilderness project built atop an old oil field and the first public park built in more than 100 years in the densely populated western edge of downtown Los Angeles.

California is on track to meet or exceed the current target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, as established in the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32). The new 2030 requirement in SB 32 will help make it possible to reach the ultimate goal of reducing emissions 80 percent under 1990 levels by 2050.

“With its Clean Car Law in 2002 and the Global Warming Solutions Act in 2006, California took a global lead in adopting policies to clear the air, transition to clean energy and reduce climate pollution,” said Senator Pavley. “Those policies have fueled billions of dollars in private investment and spawned a thriving clean-energy sector. SB 32 sends an unmistakable message that California is resolute in its commitment to remain on that healthy and prosperous course.”

“In order for California to remain an economic and environmental leader the state will need to also be a trailblazer on issues related to equity,” said Assemblymember Garcia. “Placing the health and economic impacts of climate policy on vulnerable populations second will stunt the state’s prosperity.”

AB 197 establishes a legislative committee on climate change policies to help continue to ensure the state’s actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are conducted with transparency and accountability.

“Today is a proud day for California,” said Senate President pro Tempore De León. “Together we redoubled our commitment to global climate leadership and building the clean energy economy of tomorrow, while ensuring environmental justice so all Californians benefit from our climate policies.”

“SB 32 extends California’s landmark greenhouse gas reduction goals. AB 197 changes the game on how we make sure those goals are reached,” said Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon. “The successful effort behind these two bills is the latest sign of a growing consensus that protecting the environment and improving public health are inextricably linked and that maintaining that link is key to advancing future environmental actions. The Assembly–where AB 32 was passed 10 years ago–will be vigilant and vigorous in making sure California’s climate change goals are met, and are met as we all intended.”

For full text of the bills, visit: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov

California’s Leadership on Climate Change

While California emits around 1 percent of the world’s greenhouse gases, the state is playing a leading role in broadening collaboration among subnational leaders.

These efforts include spearheading the Under2Coalition, a global climate pact among cities, states and countries to limit the increase in the world’s average temperature to below 2 degrees Celsius. A total of 135 jurisdictions representing 32 countries and six continents have now signed or endorsed the agreement. Together, they represent more than 783 million people and $21 trillion in GDP, equivalent to more than a quarter of the global economy. Signatories commit to either reducing greenhouse gas emissions 80 to 95 percent below 1990 levels by 2050 or achieving a per capita annual emission target of less than 2 metric tons by 2050.

In the past year, the Governor has traveled to the United Nations headquarters in New York, the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, the Vatican in Italy and the Climate Summit of the Americas in Toronto, Canada to call on other leaders to join California in the fight against climate change.

Governor Brown also joined an unprecedented alliance of heads of state, city and state leaders – convened by the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund – to urge countries and companies around the globe to put a price on carbon.

These efforts build on a number of other international climate change agreements with leaders from theCzech Republic, the Netherlands, Mexico, China, North America, Japan, Israel, Peru and Chile and Governor Brown’s efforts to convene hundreds of world-renowned researchers and scientists around agroundbreaking call to action – called the consensus statement – which translates key scientific climate findings from disparate fields into one unified document.

Last October, Governor Brown signed landmark legislation – SB 350 – to double the rate of energy efficiency savings in California buildings and generate half of the state’s electricity from renewable sources by 2030. Governor Brown also committed to reduce today’s petroleum use in cars and trucks by up to 50 percent within the next 15 years; make heating fuels cleaner; reduce the release of methane,black carbon and other potent pollutants across industries; and manage farm and rangelands, forests and wetlands so they can store carbon.

Additionally, the Governor issued an executive order last year to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in California 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030, a goal which is now codified by SB 32.

The impacts of climate change are already being felt in California and will disproportionately impact the state’s most vulnerable populations.

 

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