At today’s Council meeting, my colleagues unanimously approved a motion I offered with Councilmembers Koretz and Blumenfield to formally oppose a bill in the state legislature that would delay the implementation of AB32 – California’s Global Warming Solutions Act. 

In 2006, California became an international leader in how we are addressing climate change by passing the Global Warming Solutions Act (more commonly known as “AB 32”). AB32 is the framework for how the State is rolling back some of the damage done by greenhouse gas pollution, and the law creates a Cap and Trade system that will create incentives for reducing greenhouse gas pollution to below 1990 levels by 2020. 

The law is being implemented strategically, and while it already applies to large power-plants in California, it is scheduled to include transportation fuels next year. Unfortunately, there is a bill that has been approved by the State Assembly, (it is currently waiting to be considered by the State Senate) that would delay AB32’s progress and harm the program’s ability to achieve the greenhouse gas pollution reductions that are so important to protecting our climate from the worst effects of climate change. 

Los Angeles must be on the forefront of progressive environmental legislation, and that means protecting the progress we’ve made toward creating a clean energy economy in California. We cannot allow dirty energy interests to avoid, postpone or delay taking responsibility for their pollution, which is exactly what Assembly Bill 69 would do.

The resolution approved by the Council today will send a clear message to Sacramento, telling our State representatives that the City of Los Angeles has no interest in stifling progress. I am very pleased that my colleagues supported this motion and I thank Councilmembers Paul Koretz and Bob Blumenfield, as well as Mayor Eric Garcetti, for their support and partnership in our work to protect the progress made by AB32.

You can read more about the bill we are opposing in this helpul explanation from our friends at the California League of Conservation Voters here: http://www.ecovote.org/news/clcv-statement-ab-69-gut-amend and you can see the full motion below.