Pavley’s New Global Warming Bill Moving Along; Stricter than AB32

A key Assembly panel has endorsed legislation by state Senator Fran Pavley to extend California’s efforts to reduce climate-changing pollution well into the 21st Century. Senate Bill 32 passed the Assembly Natural Resources Committee on Monday and now goes to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

SB 32 builds on progress made by Sen. Pavley’s 2006 law, AB 32. The landmark legislation required polluters to cut releases of carbon dioxide and other types of greenhouse gases to 1990 levels by 2020. SB 32 sets a statewide goal of reduce climate pollution to 80% below 1990 levels by mid-century.

The bill leaves details about how those goals are reached to the Legislature, future governors and state regulators. Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De León’s bill, SB 350, which also won committee approval, is a first step. The proposal would cut petroleum consumption, boost production of clean, renewable power and increase the energy efficiency of buildings.

Read full press release from the Office of Sen. Fran Pavley

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