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January 25, 2018
CALIFORNIA DELIVERS APPLAUDS URGENT CLIMATE ACTION, CLEAN ENERGY & TRANSPORTATION INITIATIVES CALLED OUT IN GOVERNOR BROWN’S 2018 STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS
Coalition thanks Governor for climate leadership, calls for continued investment in solutions that cut emissions, improve energy efficiency, build climate resilience
SACRAMENTO – In his 16th and final report to the California legislature, Gov. Jerry Brown led this morning’s State of the State with climate change as a key priority for the remainder of his term. Recalling last year’s devastating wildfires, mudslides, and rising summer temperatures, he issued an important reminder that “we should never forget our dependency on the natural environment.”
California Delivers members expressed appreciation for Gov. Brown’s leadership on climate policy and look forward to continue working with the current Governor and his successor to deliver on the promise of cleaner and healthier air, good jobs, a stronger economy, investment in communities, and more clean energy, transportation, and fuel choices.
California Delivers, a diverse coalition representing business, public health, environment, equity, consumers, faith organizations, working families, and other individuals, began as an effort to effectively implement AB 32, the state’s landmark climate change legislation. The coalition is proud to have partnered with the governor’s office, legislature and state agencies in passing policies that strengthens community air pollution monitoring (AB 617) and advances renewable energy (SB 350), among others.
The following are statements from California Delivers coalition members on today’s speech:
“In his final statewide address, Gov. Brown showcased the successful suite of policies that position California at the forefront of clean energy innovation, including the Low Carbon Fuel Standard, cap and trade, energy efficiency programs, the Renewable Portfolio Standard, and zero-emission vehicle measures. When it comes to leadership on climate change and clean energy, Governor Brown has been the gold standard.”
“We were very pleased to hear Gov. Brown’s focus on fighting air pollution in his final State of the State address. AB 617 (Garcia) and similar laws offer California an invaluable opportunity to zero in on direct sources of pollution, improving public health for California families who struggle with lung diseases like asthma and lung cancer, as well as heart disease and other health impacts.”
“We’ve made great strides under Gov. Brown’s leadership, but as we look ahead to who will fill his shoes, we want to remind California’s leaders that we need to make significant and equitable investments to improve climate resiliency for vulnerable communities. Greenhouse Gas Reduction Funds need to work for all Californians, but especially for low-income communities and people of color who bear the brunt of pollution and climate change.”
“While it was heartening to see climate change get top billing in his speech, Gov. Brown still faces the enormous task of coming up with a plan for cap-and-trade spending. If he is looking for a solution that does it all—reduce GHG emissions, improve energy efficiency and community resiliency, make solar power more accessible, and cut utility bills for low-income Californians—he should look no further than the Low Income Weatherization Program.”
California Delivers is a broad coalition of businesses, public health professionals, working families, equity organizations, consumer groups, community and faith leaders, environmental organizations, public officials, and other individuals, focused on protecting, implementing, and strengthening the benefits of California’s climate and clean energy leadership to the benefit of all Californians. Visit CADelivers.org for more information.
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