The California legislative year has ended with mixed results for climate bills. It was a busy year: our legislative team was tracking and advocating for bills until the very end of this session (the wee hours of September 16).
In the success corner is AB 262 (The Buy Clean California Act) which would set a new low-carbon standard for industrial products such as steel and glass purchased by the state of California. This bill passed both houses of the legislature, as did SB 50 (The Public Lands Protection Act) and SB 51 (Whistleblower and Public Data Protection Act). All three of these bills are headed to Governor Brown, who has until October 15 to sign or veto. Please urge the Governor to sign these bills!
Two areas where we will focus more effort in 2018 are financial climate risk reporting by public pension funds (SB 560), and moving California to 100 percent clean electricity by 2045 (SB 100).
FFCA and partner Environment California sponsored SB 560 (Allen), a bill that would have defined “financial climate risk” in law and required CalPERS and CalSTRS to consider and report on climate risk in their portfolios. The bill did not make it out of the Senate and will be reintroduced in 2018. FFCA will be working to negotiate appropriate amendments. Please stay tuned on this one, as SB 560 will be a major priority for us until it’s passed and signed by the Governor.
FFCA also strongly supported and advocated for SB 100, from state Senate President Pro-Tem Kevin DeLeon, which sets the goal of all electricity in CA being from renewables or zero-emission sources by 2045. This bill failed to reach the Assembly despite passing easily in the Senate earlier in the year and passing two Assembly committees in July. This bill will return in 2018. Fossil Free CA remains firmly committed to the goal of 100 percent clean electricity and will be advocating for legislation with that goal in 2018.
In both these areas, financial climate risk reporting and clean electricity, we ask that over the next few months when the legislature is out of session that you let your legislators know your support for these goals. This could be at town halls, open houses, etc. Please do engage your legislators when you can!