Legislative Package Underscores California’s Global Leadership in Tackling Climate Change and Building Renewable Energy Economy
The Senate today approved package of unprecedented measures to establish new environmental and energy standards that will spur innovation and economic growth, protect the state’s environment, and make renewable energy and clean technology accessible to all Californians.
“This package of bills represents the most far reaching effort to fight climate change in the history of our nation. These bills put California on path to sustainable economic growth, while also protecting the health of our communities,” said Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León of the accomplishment.
Environmental degradation and air pollution often disproportionately impacts underserved communities in rural and urban settings, Senator De León said during the presentation of his measure, SB 350, the Golden State Standards.
SB 350 calls for 50-percent reduction in petroleum use, 50-percent greater energy efficiency in buildings, and 50-percent of California’s electricity supply to be derived from renewable sources – all by 2030.
De León also argued that his bill will stimulate employment and further invigorate California’s clean economy, which has already generated thousands of jobs. “Those jobs are real. Those jobs are tangible,” he said. ““We have already proven that we can create jobs, lower utility bills, and rebuild our energy infrastructure, all while cleaning up the air we breathe into our lungs and reducing our contribution to climate change.”
De León also presented SB 185, a measure that will require CalPERS and CalSTRS to divest their holdings in coal companies and prohibit new investments.
SB 350 passed by a 24-14 vote and SB 185 passed by a 22-14 vote.
The Senate also approved ten other bills that comprise the California Climate Leadership package. All of the bills now move on to the Assembly.