BREAKING NEWS: California Assembly Passes SB 32, the 2030 Climate Bill

With governor’s signature, the state will retain its international leadership position on reducing greenhouse gas emissions

It was a rough year in 2015 for SB 32 (Pavley), California’s major climate bill to extend our greenhouse gas reduction efforts to 2030. The bill went down without a vote on the Assembly floor, due to opposition from “moderate” Democrats.

But today, the Assembly passed the bill with 42 votes in favor, 29 opposed:

This majority vote won’t inoculate certain programs under AB 32, like cap-and-trade, from court challenges alleging that they constitute a tax requiring a super-majority vote. But the bill gives the California Air Resources Board authority to implement command-and-control regulations, if market-based alternatives are challenged.

With the state senate already passing SB 32, the governor will sign soon, and California’s position as an international leader in reducing greenhouse gas emissions will continue.

UPDATE: As David Holtzman noted in the comments, SB 32 is tied to the passage of AB 197, which is still up for a vote.

Reader Comments

3 Replies to “BREAKING NEWS: California Assembly Passes SB 32, the 2030 Climate Bill”

  1. Since it was amended in the Assembly, it will have to go back to the State Senate for a concurrence vote.

    1. I also see that it is double-joined with Assembly Bill 197, which should be headed back to the Assembly now for concurrence with Senate amendments. AB 197 addresses more than just statewide GHG emissions.

  2. SB 32 is predicated on dubious propaganda which claims that climate change is somehow mitigated by reducing carbon dioxide emissions. There is no conclusive scientific proof to support SB 32. There is no empirical evidence that such as accurate long term atmospheric temperature measurements that could confirm the veracity of SB 32. There are no performance guarantees for emission reduction mandates, there is no accountability or responsibility for the resulting fraud and waste of public money and resources. Dishonest scams like SB 32 completely fail to mitigate climate change. SB 32 is well-deserved punishment for the foolish citizens of California.

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