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Sen. Fran Pavley

Sen. Fran Pavley

U.S. Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer came out in support of two major climate and clean energy bills that are before the state Legislature, SB 32 and SB 350, and sent an open letter to members of the California State Assembly.

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Open Letter to the California State Assembly on Senate Bill 350 and Senate Bill 32

Dear Members of the California State Assembly,

We want to begin by commending you for taking historic steps in recent years to address one of the greatest challenges we face – climate change.

We know you share our view that climate change is happening all around us and is a dangerous reality that we cannot ignore. We are already seeing the effects: record high temperatures, wildfires and floods, and a crippling drought that has harmed communities across California.

This is an issue that requires strong and courageous leadership, and that is why we urge you to support Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De León’s Senate Bill 350 and Senator Fran Pavley’s Senate Bill 32. These visionary bills would set ambitious goals on renewable energy, energy efficiency and reducing our reliance on fossil fuels, building on the success California has already had in protecting public health and creating clean energy jobs.

California has demonstrated again and again that we can fight climate change while continuing to grow our state’s robust economy. During the first year and a half of our state’s cap and trade program, California added 491,000 jobs and had a growth rate of 3.3 percent, outpacing the national average of 2.5 percent.

Other states are also setting ambitious clean energy goals. Hawaii, for example, is requiring its utilities to produce 100 percent of the state’s electricity from renewable sources by 2045 and the state is seeking to replace 70 percent of petroleum-based ground transportation fuels with locally sourced biofuels by 2030.

Governor Brown was absolutely right when he said recently that we must “intensify our efforts to do lower-carbon fuels and lower-carbon pollution, now and into the future.”

In the coming decades, all of us will be asked by our children and grandchildren, “When you served in public office, did you do everything in your power to combat the threat of climate change?” This is a chance to seize a historic opportunity to protect the health and safety of our people, to expand our economy, and to help safeguard our environment for generations to come.

The California State Senate showed real leadership in passing these bills earlier this year. We urge you to join your colleagues and do the right thing for our state, our country and our planet by enacting SB 350 and SB 32.

Sincerely,

U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein

 

Fran Pavley represents western portions of the Santa Clarita Valley in the state Senate.

 

 

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  1. Bart Joseph says:

    This bill misses the point. We need to change governments fire protection policies. Plants require carbon to grow. Let fires burn is the worst policy to reduce carbon. Global warming was caused by government regulations.

    • renewableguy says:

      Carbon dioxide is like the earth’s blanket helping us stay a little warmer. Without co2, we would be an iceball planet. More co2 in the atmosphere increases the blanket effect raising the average temperature on earth. If this changes enough, life on earth will have trouble adapting to the new climate. Even plants will be stressed, because living conditions have changed too much for them.

      California is one of the best examples in the world of a great climate policy. These actions will work quite effectively to avoid the worst that climate change can be.

  2. Let’s look at the real problems in California. The fast train, the lack of water conservation,high welfare costs, salutary cities,roads deteriorating , and more. Oh and get rid of gov. Brown!

  3. Chuck O'Connell says:

    SB 32 and SB 350 only will add to the economic disaster lurking after the Cap and Trade fiasco. Fasten your wallets and prepare for a mass exodus from California of companies and residents. Oh, I forgot. Climate has never changed until recently and it’s all man made. Did Boxer and Feinstein also say that the Brooklyn Bridge is on sale again??

    • renewableguy says:

      Using less gasoline does not make prices go up. Using less fossil fuel does not make fossil fuel prices go up.

      http://blog.ucsusa.org/wspa-oil-companies-california-849

      Last year, for example, “California Drivers Alliance” had another campaign they called “Stop the Hidden Gas Tax”. Their 2014 pitch to state motorists was that on January 1st, 2015, when transportation fuels began to be subject to cap provisions of California’s climate law, gas prices would go up as much as 76 cents per gallon. They used this claim to try, unsuccessfully in the end, to persuade the Legislature to roll back implementation of the fuel carbon cap. In fact, January 1st came and went, fuels went under the cap, and gas prices actually went down, due to both too much supply and too little demand on a global level.

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