California Legislators Call For Federal Action To Address The Climate Crisis

Press Release
June 2, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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Sacramento, CA - A group of California state lawmakers are calling for federal action and funding to address the climate crisis. In a letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Chair of the California Democratic Congressional Delegation Zoe Lofgren, the group outlined the state’s climate investment priorities and called for federal aid to address these needs.

“The signs of the climate crisis are all around us,” said Assemblymember David Chiu, who represents San Francisco. “We can counter this crisis by investing in clean energy technologies like wind energy, making our communities more resilient, and planning and preparing for sea level rise. To make these necessary changes, we need support and funding from Congress.”

Californians continue to endure the impacts of the climate crisis: drought, wildfires, extreme heat, rolling blackouts, and toxic air quality. And with the 2030 climate deadline fast approaching, it is imperative that the Congress act decisively to pass bold and comprehensive climate legislation.

“Transportation related emissions are our state’s largest contributor to climate change,” said Assemblymember Laura Friedman, who chairs the Assembly Transportation Committee and represents Burbank and the surrounding area. “We need a comprehensive investment from the federal government so that we can spur the transition to zero emissions cars and trucks, provide quality active transportation and transit options to get Californians out of their cars, and create good-paying jobs along the way.”

This call for climate funding priorities comes as the Biden Administration continues to push for the American Jobs Plan. This proposal includes significant investments to address the climate crisis, modernize America’s infrastructure, and create millions of good-paying union jobs. Republican Members of Congress are pushing, however, for a significantly smaller version of the American Jobs Plan. This could lead to a watered down infrastructure package that doesn’t tackle the climate crisis.

“There’s no time to waste with just nine years left to prevent the worst of the climate crisis,” said Mary Creasman, CEO of the California League of Conservation Voters. “We need bold action by our leaders in Washington. We need significant investments in clean energy and transportation, and dedicated resources to the communities that are being hardest hit by climate change.”

The following are among the key climate funding priorities (the full list is available here):

The legislators that signed the letter include the following: David Chiu, Assembly District 17; Connie Leyva, Senate District 20; Lena Gonzalez, Senate District 33; Dave Min, Senate District 37; Scott Weiner, Senate District 11; Robert Rivas, Assembly District 30; Dave Cortese, Senate District 15; Steve Bennett, Assembly District 37; Monique Limón, Senate District 19; Lisa Calderon, Assembly District 57; Laura Friedman, Assembly District 43; Ben Allen, Senate District 26; Ash Kalra, Assembly District 27; Josh Becker, Senate District 13; and John Laird, Senate District 17. The effort to develop these policy priorities was supported by the California League of Conservation Voters.

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