Governor Brown Signs Pathbreaking Climate and Clean Energy Legislation

Governor Jerry Brown signed into law today one of the most significant climate and energy bills in California's history. All told, the Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015 (Senate Bill 350) authored by Sen. Pro Tem Kevin de León and Sen. Mark Leno establishes the world's most ambitious clean energy targets out to 2030, cementing California's leadership on the world stage heading into pivotal United Nations climate talks in Paris this December.

A Mosaic of Milestones

SB 350 lays the groundwork for how California will achieve critical climate and clean energy goals laid out by Governor Brown earlier this year in his inaugural speech. Specifically, the bill:

One provision that was removed from the bill in the final days of the legislative session would have codified the Governor's goal to reduce petroleum consumption in half by 2030. While the legislature's failure to stand up to the oil industry's fearmongering is deplorable, the administration's commitment to achieving the Governor's petroleum reduction goal and the strategies that are already getting us there remain firmly intact. (Just two weeks ago, California reaffirmed its commitment to cleaner fuels by readopting the low carbon fuel standard, which has been in the oil industry's crosshairs for years).

Despite Big Oil's smokescreen, one thing is clear: California's leadership and communities across the state are more committed than ever to reduce our dependence on petroleum and eliminate its devastating impacts on the health and well-being of Californians.

Just the Beginning

While SB 350 is a huge step forward in meeting California's clean energy and climate goals, and continuing the growing momentum for real climate action here and around the globe, the real work is just beginning.

The broad and growing support for SB 350 is evidence of how climate action, clean energy, job creation and a healthy economy go hand in hand in California. Labor, businesses, community groups, local governments, environmental groups and more came together to fight for a clean energy future for all.

We look forward to working with our partners, the governor and the legislature on critical next steps. Priorities include further action to ensure that the benefits of California's growing clean energy economy extend to communities across the state, including those disadvantaged by pollution and energy development, reducing dependence on fossil fuels and protecting our land and water from the devastating impacts of extraction activities.

About the Authors

Annie Notthoff

Director, California Advocacy, San Francisco and Sacramento

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