CLIMATE BILLS AMENDED

Over the past few months we have reported many times about two major bills progressing through the Legislature relating to further ratcheting down California’s greenhouse gas laws, SB 32 (Pavley) and SB 350 (de Leon).

SB 32 would have required California to adopt further greenhouse gas emission reductions for 2030 and 2050 without regard to the impact on individuals, jobs and the economy. We opposed this bill and are happy to report that its been shelved for this year.  Expect to see it again next year.

Issues related to SB 350 are a little more complicated, because it has had two major sets of amendments in the past week and we are still trying to fully understand the impact on our industry.  Initially the bill sought to reduce the use of petroleum by 50%, increase the Renewable Portfolio Standard to 50% and double the energy efficiency in existing buildings.  The first part of the bill has been dropped and the other parts of the bill have been significantly modified to address concerns expressed by many groups.  We are cautiously optimistic that these amendments have addressed our major concerns and because we support the ultimate goal of the measure – cleaner energy and efficient buildings – are withdrawing opposition.

The issue has had an intense nationwide focus, so much so that the New York Times dropped by to write about it. Click here to read about it.

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