Last week, Dr. Linda Rudolph, one of Climate for Health's leaders, presented to the California Assembly Natural Resources Committee regarding the need to stop our addiction to fossil fuels to protect our health, using an analogy to California's Tobacco Control Program. Dr. Rudolph testified in support of SB 350, which requires California to increase renewable energy to 50% by 2030, reduce use of petroleum by 50% by 2030, and increase building energy efficiency to 50% by 2030. Dr. Rudolph's presentation is timely and dovetails nicely with California's latest progress to advance climate action. Setting the stage for this discussion, the United Nations Climate Change Chief Christiana Figueres recently spoke to a joint session of the California Legislature, where she pointed to California's climate policy as proof that we can take global action on climate change and that the pathways are being created in the state. Senator Fran Pavley, author of the Global Warming Solutions Act, attended Dr. Rudolph's presentation to the state assembly. Also this week, California Gov. Jerry Brown is scheduled to visit the Vatican for a summit on climate change hosted by Pope Francis. Climate for Health applauds climate leaders such as Dr. Rudolph for their ambition and deep involvement to limit the consequences of global warming on the environment and human health.
The Assembly Natural Resources Committee approved a series of bills advancing California’s fight against climate change and pollution and building a 21st century energy infrastructure. Senate Bill 350 (De León) passed the committee on a 6-2 vote, and Senate Bill 32 (Pavley) was approved 6-3. Both bills now move on to the Assembly Appropriations Committee. Several other proposals in the California Climate Leadership package were also approved, including SB 9 (Beall), SB 189 (Hueso), SB 246 (Wieckowski), SB 367 (Wolk), and SB 398 (Leyva).
SB 350 establishes ambitious new targets for renewable energy generation, energy efficiency, and petroleum use reduction to strengthen California’s leadership in tackling climate change and air pollution while building the renewable energy economy of the future.
“The goals set forth in SB 350 are ambitious, and they will test our ingenuity and resolve, but we can, and must, accomplish them,” Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León said. “We already have a successful framework in place to do so. We have the know-how, we have the means, and we have broad public support – the only remaining question is: do we have the will and the courage to act?”
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