TransForm statement on SB 32 and AB 197

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 24, 2016

CONTACT:

Stuart Cohen, Executive Director: 510-543-7419 (cell), scohen@transformca.org
Edie Irons, Communications Director: 510-334-1344 (cell), eirons@transformca.org

Today the California State Assembly passed AB 197, a companion bill to SB 32. Senate concurrence with SB 32, which was amended in the assembly, is expected. Governor Brown has indicated he will sign both bills. Together these bills will extend the state’s targets for greenhouse gas reduction from 2020 to 2030, setting a new goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.

In response, TransForm executive director Stuart Cohen issued the following statement:

“With the legislature’s historic votes to pass SB 32 and AB 197, California will continue to be a global leader for bold climate action. The world is watching, and California sent the right message by setting our sights on strong targets for 2030.

“California’s equitable approach to climate action has already led to over a billion dollars going to fund more than 400 projects across the state. These projects are making Californians’ lives better by expanding transportation options and building affordable energy-efficient homes near transit - and that’s just the beginning. Visit www.ClimateBenefitsCA.org to see an interactive map of all the projects funded by California’s climate investment program.

“As the legislature steps up their engagement in the implementation of California’s climate policy with AB 197, we urge them to spend down the unallocated funds in the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund as quickly as possible. There is no time to waste in funding great projects that will curb emissions and improve the lives of Californians throughout the state.”