TransForm statement in response to Governor’s Executive Order strengthening climate protection goals

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 29, 2015

CONTACT: Joshua Stark, 916-706-2035 x302 or jstark@transformca.org

This morning, Governor Brown issued an Executive Order calling for California to meet an ambitious new goal for reducing climate pollution.  The Order establishes a target of 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030, setting an interim benchmark on the path to the 2050 target set by the Schwarzenegger Administration.

In response, TransForm State Policy Director Joshua Stark issued the following statement:

“By 2050 Californians will be driving less – but hopefully not because hundreds of miles of roads are under water due to climate change. The Governor’s Executive Order can help us build the walkable, thriving communities of the future now, and avoid climate chaos in years to come.

“We applaud the Governor’s climate leadership, and his understanding that transportation – the top source of greenhouse gas emissions in California – must be front and center in the state’s climate efforts.  Creating affordable, walkable communities with great public transportation will be essential to cutting petroleum use by 50 percent, and will make California more healthy, prosperous, and fair.

“The Governor’s Executive Order recognizes that in work as big and important as climate protection, to reach our long-term goals we need milestones to guide the way.  This Administration sees the big picture and also breaks it down into the details that are just as critical to the success of California’s climate effort – details that involve every sector of society, from public transportation to water conservation to affordable housing to sustainable agriculture.

“We look forward to working with the Administration to reach 40 percent reduction by 2030, and with Senator Pavley to support the target of 80 percent reduction by 2050 with the passage of SB 32.”

The full text of the Executive Order is available via the Governor’s press release at http://gov.ca.gov/news.php?id=18938

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