BREAKING: SB 32 and SB 350 both pass in the Senate
Key elements of California’s new climate legislation package clear major hurdle
For those following the fate of this year’s suite of California climate legislation, Senator Pavley’s SB 32 and Senator De Leon’s SB 350 were brought to a vote in the Senate this morning and both passed easily. I wrote about these bills here. SB 32 would enshrine California’s goal, already set forth in executive orders, of reducing climate emissions to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030, and to 80% below 1990 levels by 2050. SB 350 sets goals of reaching a 50% reduction in petroleum use from motor vehicles; generating 50% of our electricity from renewable power sources; and doubling energy efficiency in existing buildings, all by 2030. The bills still need to pass through the Assembly.
Cara Horowitz is the co-executive director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at UCLA School of Law. The Emmett Institute was founded as the f…READ more