NRDC Statement on Gov. Brown's Budget Proposal: Prioritizing Climate Change Solutions
SACRAMENTO (January 9, 2014) – Governor Brown’s proposed budget released today demonstrates his ongoing commitment to continuing California’s leadership in combating climate change. The proposed budget builds on Governor Brown’s strong State of the State Address in which he laid out an ambitious, achievable agenda for improving energy efficiency, cutting fuel use, increasing renewable energy, and investing in a diversified set of water programs in California.
A statement from Annie Notthoff, Director of NRDC’s California Advocacy, follows:
“Governor Brown’s bold plans on climate and clean energy show that the Governor understands we must act now to curb the devastating impacts of climate change. This budget is a strong start. As additional funds become available, we look forward to working with the Legislature and Administration to ensure that funding allocations match the ambition of the State’s climate agenda. We are pleased to see significant investments from Proposition 1 for implementation of the Water Action Plan, particularly funding for safe drinking water for disadvantaged communities, water recycling, and other local and regional water supplies. NRDC will work to ensure water investments are consistent with the State’s coequal goals of a more reliable water supply and restoration of the Delta ecosystem.”
“Brown’s proposal is ambitious and achievable. By working together to prioritize climate change solutions, we can ensure a healthier future for communities across the state and continue to lead the way for the rest of the nation. California’s leadership matters now more than ever.”