New California Climate Bill Passes First Major Test

Senate Bill 1161, the “California Climate Science Truth and Accountability Act,” passed its first major legislative test on April 20 when the California Senate Environmental Quality Committee voted 5-2 to approve it. The bill by Sen. Ben Allen (Santa Monica) would extend the statute of limitations for companies that knowingly deceive the public about the risks of climate change. The committee voted 5-2 in favor of the bill. It will next be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 3.

The Union of Concerned Scientists, which was instrumental in the development of this bill, has marshaled an impressive array of background information on how fossil fuel companies and their powerful lobbying arms have helped to suppress or distort the findings of climate science.  Adding this new clause to the California statue of limitations could help assure that these companies can be held fully accountable for their actions. Learn more

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