Statement on state budget deal that delays climate action with $500 million loan
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 10, 2013
Stuart Cohen, 510-543-7419 or stuart@TransFormCA.org
Shannon Tracey, 510-338-2937 or shannon@TransFormCA.org
Sacramento, CA -- In response to the state budget deal announced today by lawmakers and the Governor, TransForm Executive Director Stuart Cohen issued the following statement:
"Today, California missed an historic opportunity to show national leadership in addressing the climate crisis while boosting the state's economy and improving the quality of life for millions of people. California's new cap-and-trade revenues should be invested this year in the clean transportation, sustainable communities, and affordable homes that our state needs to achieve a healthy and prosperous future.
"Instead, the Governor has chosen to unnecessarily delay action on the most pressing problem facing the planet by raiding the climate funds for other uses. We are particularly concerned by the failure to mitigate the impacts of climate pollution in disadvantaged communities that are already suffering from significant economic, health, and environmental dangers.
“We are committed to making sure this unnecessary delay is a one-time event. In the coming months, we’ll be working to demonstrate that projects and programs to curb climate pollution are 100% ready so there is no excuse for further inaction."