Governor Newsom Displays Leadership on Resilience, CLCV Calls for Bold Economic Action on the Climate Crisis

Press Release
January 10, 2020

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SACRAMENTO – Today, Mary Creasman Chief Executive Officer of the California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV) issued the following statement addressing California Governor Gavin Newsom's proposed budget for the 2020-2021 fiscal year:

"The climate crisis is here and affecting us all daily. We have only 10 years to make significant changes to avoid an existential catastrophe. This is our reality and we need leadership and vision from our government in order to drive implementation. The Governor introduced a budget that highlights the fact that climate change is not just an environmental issue – it is an economic and justice issue as well. This year's proposed budget is showing the financial cost of years of inaction at the scale that’s needed.

We thank the Governor for prioritizing investments in climate resiliency and emergency preparedness, and we must accelerate these investments to ensure vulnerable communities are protected from air and water pollution, from natural disasters and financial impacts. In this budget we are missing the solutions to tackle massive needed changes to our energy sources, agriculture practices, transportation systems, workforce, and concrete steps to reduce pollution and prevent catastrophic climate change. It’s 2020, not 2010, we must go beyond innovation incentives and resiliency. We are eager to work with the Administration and the Legislature on regulation and investments that protect our future and expand opportunity and health for all in this time of crisis."

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