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February 10, 2015

Moms Clean Air Force and Climate Parents will join the American Lung Association at the Capitol on Wednesday to meet with legislators in a final push for SB 32 and SB 350.

September 8, 2015

"My son has asthma, and SB 350​ and SB32​ will not only clean up our air, but will make our energy and transportation systems healthier for all kids. Latinos and other communities of color are particularly vulnerable to the health and climate impacts of burning fossil fuels---legislators need to do the right thing and support ​these bills." ~Joselino de la Rosa, father of two and member of Climate Parents  

"I support SB 350 & SB 32 because I worry about my son's sensitive asthmatic lungs. These bills will create more clean, renewable energy in California and help us use less polluting fossil fuels, which is great news for my son and children with breathing problems. Plus, it will create green jobs - the jobs of the future and the type of jobs that I want my kids to have.” ~Vanessa Bulkacz, Los Angeles, Moms Clean Air Force member, and mother of two twin boys, Franklin and Cassidy

"It is often said that children are our most precious resource. My two young boys are my whole world; and most parents feel the same way about their kids. Fossil fuel pollution is giving our kids asthma and spurring the climate impacts--from extreme drought to wildfires--putting our kids in harm's way. The solution is kid-safe, climate safe energy. Every single California lawmaker has the opportunity to stand with families in voting yes for SB350 and SB32---and that is the only moral course of action." ~Lisa Hoyos, Director and Co-Founder, Climate Parents​ 

“California moms will do everything they can to keep their children healthy and out of harm. Our families need policies that continue California’s leading commitment to clean air, healthy communities and shifting our economy away from relying on dirty fossil fuels. SB 350 & SB 32 are essential for ensuring California families live in a state that is defined by healthy, pollution-free communities where our children can breathe clean air for generations to come.” ~Dominique Browning, Co-Founder and Senior Director, Moms Clean Air Force

Contacts: Loni Cortez Russell, Moms Clean Air Force Regional Field Manager, Western States, 415-293-6140, lrussell@momscleanairforce.org // Lisa Hoyos, Director and Co-Founder of Climate Parents 510-282-0440, lisa@climateparents.org

For more information about California’s climate leadership visit: http://focus.senate.ca.gov/climate

#ActOnClimate

September 11th is the last day for each house to pass bills to the Governor’s desk. All Senate Floor Sessions, Committee and Oversight Hearings are Live-Streamed at senate.ca.gov.

Pro Tem De León Meets with Renowned Climate Scientist to Discuss SB350 Support, Papal Encyclical

September 8, 2015

SACRAMENTO – On Monday, August 24, 2015, Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León met with Dr. Veerabhadran Ramanathan, Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric and Climate Sciences at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego. Dr. Veerabhadran has been conducting original research in Climate and Atmospheric Science since the 1970s. He is internationally renowned for his discovery of the potent greenhouse effect of halo carbons (CFCs) in 1975, as well as for his research on the global warming effect of black carbon.

Dr. Ramanathan is a member of the Council of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, the scientific advisory council of the Vatican, and a driving force in Pope Francis’s recent Encyclical on climate change, Laudato Si’.

The carbon mitigation plans put forth by California’s SB 350 is exactly the sort of bold actions demanded in Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si’,” Dr. Ramanathan said. “Without such mitigation efforts for protecting the planet and humanity, IPCC and other scientific bodies predict the coming decades will witness more severe storms, more mega droughts, more heat waves and threatening sea level rise among other extreme climate phenomenon.”

Senator De León and Dr. Ramanathan discussed Senate Bill 350, making clean energy accessible to the poor, and the importance of California’s continued leadership in advance of Conference of the Parties of the United Nation’s Framework Convention on Climate Change, to be held in Paris in December.

#ActOnClimate #SB350

Statement on Papal Encyclical on the environment and climate change: http://go.usa.gov/3pW8u

Separate the facts from the fiction on SB 350: http://focus.senate.ca.gov/climate/sb350-facts.

For more information on the California Climate Leadership Package visit http://focus.senate.ca.gov/climate.

Senate Welcomes Navy Officers, Commends Armed Forces on Energy & Climate Leadership

September 2, 2015

SACRAMENTO – The California Senate today welcomed Rear Admiral Markham K. Rich, Navy Commander for the Southwest Region, and Navy Captain William Whitmire, of the Naval Corps of Engineers. Pro Tem Kevin de León and Senator Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills) presented the officers with a resolution commending the leadership of the U.S. Navy in its efforts to improve energy security by deploying renewable energy technology, energy efficiency, and water conservation measures (VIDEO).

Remarks by Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León welcoming Navy Rear Adm. Rich and Captain Whitmire to the State Senate, as prepared for delivery:

It is a privilege to introduce and welcome Rear Admiral Markham Rich and Navy Captain William Whitmire to the California State Senate.

Rear Admiral Rich is Commander of the U.S. Navy for the Southwest Region, where he oversees operations and facilities across six Western States. He’s also known as Navy “Mayor” of San Diego, as he is the ranking naval officer based in that great city.

Captain William Whitmire serves with the Naval Corps of Engineers. He is the Assistant Chief of Staff for Facilities at Marine Corps Installations West – also known as Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in San Diego.

Together, Rear Adm. Rich and Captain Whitmire are leading efforts to improve energy security at military installations across the region. Their efforts are part of a broader initiative across our armed forces to improve energy independence for tactical, economic, and environmental purposes.

The Department of Defense has called climate change a “threat multiplier,” and we have seen the tactical importance of alternative energy sources, as a staggering number of battlefield casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan were related to attacks on fuel convoys.

As a result, the Secretary of the Navy has stated that energy independence is a national security issue and has established goals for the department to:

  • Reduce petroleum use in the Navy’s fleet 50% by 2015;
  • Produce at least 50% of onshore energy requirements from alternative sources; and
  • Require 50% of the Department’s installations to be net-zero by 2020;

So far, MCI-West has invested $5 billion in “smart” infrastructure, including utilities, and energy efficiency projects. The installation is generating over 24 MW of renewable energy and is on track to expand significantly. They are also developing infrastructure to support zero-emissions vehicles, including on-site solar power generation that is connected to hydrogen generation and storage equipment to power fuel-cell vehicles.

These are cutting-edge projects that would have seemed impossible to realize just 10 or 15 years ago. But as always, our armed forces are one step ahead of the public at large.

I want to commend the Navy and the Marine Corps for their initiative and ambition on this critical frontier.

Colleagues, please join me in welcoming these fine leaders to our chamber.

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VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpEUTO3s_bw&feature=youtu.be

Pope Francis’ Encyclical Inspires Capitol Forum on Climate Leadership

September 1, 2015

Sacramento—Pope Francis declared today an annual “World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.” The declaration by the Holy See marked the Catholic Church’s first day of prayer for creation notched up the Pope’s profile as an advocate for the environment and his willingness to delve into the contentious political debate over climate action. In June, the leader of 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide released his Papal Encyclical on climate change, which urged policy makers to act with urgency to enact laws to reduce pollution from carbon dioxide and other dangerous emissions.

On Monday, Sacramento Bishop Jaime Soto, president of the California Catholic Conference, and Stockton Bishop Stephen Blaire, chairman of its environmental committee, brought the Pope’s message of urgent action to the Capitol with a forum titled “Dialogue on our Common Home & its Ecological Future.” The dialogue focused on the “Laudato Si” Papal Encyclical and its relevance on developing climate-change and clean energy policies.

The Encyclical is a document with many messages, but its most important might be that man is not separate from nature but a part of it, Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) said Monday at the Legislative discussion: “We are not separate from nature,” he said. “We are a part of nature. Ancient cultures understood what modern man has forgotten or chooses to ignore.”

At a press conference earlier in the day (VIDEO), Bishop Blaire said the Pope calls on policymakers to act now while considering the Encyclical when drafting laws and regulations:  “There is an urgent need to develop policies so that in the next few years so the emission of carbon dioxide and other highly polluting gases can be drastically reduced," the Encyclical states.

Said Bishop Soto at the Forum: “In his Encyclical, Pope Francis places the poor and the marginalized at the center of renewing the face of the Earth.”  He added, “Pope Francis also reminds us of our moral responsibility to be stewards of the common good of creation, as well as brothers and sisters of one human family with room at the table for everyone.”

Bishop Blaire also said there are no easy answers when it comes to the environment, “These issues have very real implications for people’s jobs and how they sustain their families. That’s why we have to promote respectful dialogue,” he said. “We have to have mercy on each other, to acknowledge that we are all responsible for the current state situation and that solutions won’t come from finger-pointing.”

In welcoming those in attendance, Senator De León noted that the Encyclical is not a policy document but it is a political call to action. “It urges us as policy makers to muster the courage necessary engage our selfless responsibility,” he said.

Senator De León is the author of SB 350, which aims to spur innovation and investment in a clean-energy economy by generating half of electricity from renewable sources, doubling efficiency in existing buildings, and reducing petroleum demand in vehicles by 50 percent – all by the year 2030.

In the past, the Senator De León authored legislation that strives to protect the environment and expand access to clean energy in poor communities. This includes SB 535 which directs at least 25% of cap-and-trade revenue to communities disproportionately impacted by pollution, SB 1275 which expanded the rebate program for electric cars to low-income families, and AB 31 which has since built over 100 new parks in communities lacking green and open space.

#LaudatoSi #ActOnClimate

Press Conference Video: http://youtu.be/mNtMmUEhElM

Senators Feinstein and Boxer Urge Assembly To Act on Climate By Passing SB 32 and SB 350

August 26, 2015

SACRAMENTO - Today, U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer (both D-CA) came out in support of two major climate and clean energy bills that are before the state Legislature, SB 32 and SB 350, and sent this open letter to members of the California State Assembly.

Signed letter linked here, text below.

Open Letter to the California State Assembly on Senate Bill 350 and Senate Bill 32

Dear Members of the California State Assembly,

We want to begin by commending you for taking historic steps in recent years to address one of the greatest challenges we face – climate change.

We know you share our view that climate change is happening all around us and is a dangerous reality that we cannot ignore. We are already seeing the effects: record high temperatures, wildfires and floods, and a crippling drought that has harmed communities across California.

This is an issue that requires strong and courageous leadership, and that is why we urge you to support Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De León’s Senate Bill 350 and Senator Fran Pavley’s Senate Bill 32. These visionary bills would set ambitious goals on renewable energy, energy efficiency and reducing our reliance on fossil fuels, building on the success California has already had in protecting public health and creating clean energy jobs.

California has demonstrated again and again that we can fight climate change while continuing to grow our state’s robust economy. During the first year and a half of our state’s cap and trade program, California added 491,000 jobs and had a growth rate of 3.3 percent, outpacing the national average of 2.5 percent.

Other states are also setting ambitious clean energy goals. Hawaii, for example, is requiring its utilities to produce 100 percent of the state’s electricity from renewable sources by 2045 and the state is seeking to replace 70 percent of petroleum-based ground transportation fuels with locally sourced biofuels by 2030.

Governor Brown was absolutely right when he said recently that we must “intensify our efforts to do lower-carbon fuels and lower-carbon pollution, now and into the future.”

In the coming decades, all of us will be asked by our children and grandchildren, “When you served in public office, did you do everything in your power to combat the threat of climate change?” This is a chance to seize a historic opportunity to protect the health and safety of our people, to expand our economy, and to help safeguard our environment for generations to come.

The California State Senate showed real leadership in passing these bills earlier this year. We urge you to join your colleagues and do the right thing for our state, our country and our planet by enacting SB 350 and SB 32.

Sincerely,

U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein

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#ActOnClimate #SB350
Separate the facts from the fiction on SB 350 http://focus.senate.ca.gov/climate/sb350-facts.
For more information on the California Climate Leadership Package visit http://focus.senate.ca.gov/climate.

Leading California Businesses Announce Support for Climate Leadership Bills (Video)

August 25, 2015

Major California businesses announc their support of SB 32 (Pavley) and SB 350 (De León/Leno).

With the clock winding down on the legislative session, a group of major California businesses announced their support of SB 32 (Pavley) and SB 350 (De León/Leno).

At a Capitol press conference today, several companies spoke in support of the pending legislation VIDEO:
Rachelle Reyes Wenger, Dignity Health
Kent Leacock, Proterra
Ben Thompson, Autodesk
Andrea Marr, United States Navy Veteran with @OperationFree and Regatta Solutions
Tim McRae, Silicon Valley Leadership Group
Edwin Pho (pictured above), Bloom Energy

President Obama also highlighted California’s SB 350 goals during remarks at the National Clean Energy Summit last night. Video here.

Major California businesses announce their support of SB 32 (Pavley) and SB 350 (De León/Leno).


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Symantec, Levi Strauss & Co., Mars, Dignity Health, and Autodesk Join Dozens of Companies Supporting California’s Sweeping Climate Change Bills

SACRAMENTOAugust 25, 2015 – With barely two weeks left in the state legislative session, more than two-dozen California companies today announced their support for two major climate bills – SB 32 and SB 350 – that would set new ambitious state goals for reducing climate-changing pollution, boosting renewable energy and decreasing petroleum use over the next 15 years.

“Our support is firmly grounded in economic reality,” wrote the companies in letters delivered today to legislative leaders. “We know that tackling climate change is one of America’s greatest economic opportunities of the 21st century and we applaud the California State Legislature for taking steps to help seize that opportunity.”

Company executives also held in-person meetings with legislators and joined the bills’ lead sponsors, Senator Fran Pavley and Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, at a news conference. The letters and meetings were organized by the nonprofit sustainability advocacy group Ceres.

SB 32, which builds on the progress made by Senator Pavley’s 2006 landmark climate bill AB 32, sets a climate pollution reduction target of 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. SB 350, referred to as Golden State Standards 50-50-50, calls for Californians to increase energy efficiency in existing buildings by 50 percent, obtain half their electricity from renewable sources and reduce petroleum use by 50 percent by 2030.

“The power is in our hands today to make a difference in stemming the release of harmful greenhouse gas emissions that we know are already negatively impacting human health, the environment and our economy,” said Rachelle Reyes Wenger, Director, Public Policy and Community Advocacy for Dignity Health, one of the nation’s largest health care companies with 32 hospitals in California, speaking at today’s news conference. “SB 32 and SB 350 are common sense policies that our state needs now. That’s why Dignity Health is standing with Senator Pavley and Senator de Leon today in support of these measures.”

“Moving ahead with these bills will solidify California’s stake as a global leader in addressing climate change," added Anna Walker, Senior Director for Global Policy and Advocacy for Levi Strauss & Co., which is headquartered in San Francisco. "SB 32 and SB 350 will not only help our state advance its climate change goals—which are critical to the long-term prosperity of California businesses, residents and the environment—they will also help our state continue to do one of the things it does best – innovate.”

“SB 32 and SB 350 create a positive environment for companies like Autodesk, and the design community as a whole, to develop innovative solutions around low-carbon technologies, buildings and vehicles that can empower industries and communities to address climate change,” said Ben Thompson, Senior Manager Sustainability at Autodesk.

For the full letters and complete list of companies supporting each of the bills, see: http://www.ceres.org/files/sb32-company-sign-on-letter/at_download/file and http://www.ceres.org/files/ca-sb350-sign-on-letter/at_download/file.

"These companies recognize that both SB 350 and SB 32 are vital next steps in California’s leading-edge plan to cut carbon pollution and accelerate low-carbon technologies at the pace and scale called for by climate scientists," said Ceres president Mindy Lubber, whose group with its recently opened California office is mobilizing companies to support strong climate policies through its business network, Business for Innovative Climate & Clean Energy Policy (BICEP), and the Ceres’ Climate Declaration. “Many of these supporting companies have set their own aggressive renewable energy and energy efficiency goals that will be more achievable with enactment of these two climate bills.”

About Ceres
Ceres is a nonprofit organization mobilizing business and investor leadership on climate change, water scarcity and other sustainability challenges. Ceres directs the Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR), a network of over 100 institutional investors with collective assets totaling more than $13 trillion. Ceres also directs Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy (BICEP), an advocacy coalition of 34 businesses committed to working with policy makers to pass meaningful energy and climate legislation. For more information, visit www.ceres.org or follow on Twitter @CeresNews

#ActOnClimate #SB350

Separate the facts from the fiction http://focus.senate.ca.gov/climate/sb350-facts.

For more information on the California Climate Leadership Package visit http://focus.senate.ca.gov/climate.

Former Legislative Leaders Voice Support for SB 32 and SB 350

August 24, 2015

SACRAMENTO - Today, nine past leaders of the California State Legislature came out in support for SB 32 and SB 350. The statements below include former Assembly Speakers John Perez, Karen Bass, Fabian Nuñez, Herb Wesson, Bob Hertzberg, and Antonio Villaraigosa, as well as former leaders of the Senate Darrell Steinberg, John Burton, and David Roberti.

John Perez, Assembly Speaker (2010- 2014):

John Perez

“California has demonstrated time and again that when we set our collective sights, no goal is too ambitious. We redefined the world of communications and information technology over the last two decades. There’s no reason we can’t do the same with our energy and transportation systems. Where others see a problem, we see opportunity – and we seize it. That’s why we are the greatest state in the Union and a global economic power. SB 350 and SB 32 will put California’s creativity and ingenuity to work for the sake of our children and future generations. I’m proud to support the bill and I urge our lawmakers to do the same.”

Karen Bass, Assembly Speaker (2008-2010):

Karen Bass

"Climate change and air pollution are serious concerns for the African American and Latino community because we tend to live closer to power plants, freeways, refineries and other emitters, and we generally have fewer resources to cope with extreme weather impacts. Asthma is a huge problem, as is heart disease, both of which are made worse by air pollution. This is not some theoretical concern, it is a clear and present danger for our health, and it's a drain on our budgets. We should not be paying the price for pollution when we're not the ones profiting from it. I support healthy and affordable energy choices, and that's what SB 350 and SB 32 are about."

Fabian Nunez, Assembly Speaker (2004-2008):

Fabian Nunez

“In 2006 I led California on a historic expedition with AB 32 to curb greenhouse gases and establish our state as a world leader in the fight against climate change. SB 32 will continue this example we set that has driven our economy into the 21st century. Senate Pro Tem Kevin de León is now taking the expedition further with SB 350 to reduce our dependency on fossil fuels and spur greater investments in a new, cleaner economy. Opponents of my bill are using the same arguments against SB 350 and SB 32. Californians weren’t fooled then and aren’t fooled now. We take pride in being forward thinking. Global warming is real and it will take forwarding thinking measures like SB 350 and SB 32 to preserve our environment for generations to come.”

Herb Wesson, Assembly Speaker (2002 -2004):

Herb Wesson

California has been the envy of other states, regions and countries on clean energy job creation and investments for decades. From groundbreaking clean transportation standards to green buildings policies, our leadership is second to none. Cities and counties can't afford any delay in addressing climate change. I urge the Legislature to support SB 350 and SB 32, as I do, and continue to take the leading path toward protecting the health of Los Angeles residents, and all Californians.”

 

Bob Hertzberg, Assembly Speaker (2000-2002):

Bob Hertzberg

SB 350 and SB 32 embody a vision for the future. It achieves in my judgment two critical goals: one, it reduces GHG’s which we know have an impact on our posterity, our highest calling; two, it does what is essential to our California economy: it domesticates energy production and by domesticating energy production in a globalizing world it means localized jobs. We have to be Californians; we have to be creative in how we can make that happen, how we can bring jobs here where instead of importing some asset. Transformation is us, it is who we are and it is the essence of the message of the Pro Tem’s and Senator Pavley’s measure.”

 

Antonio Villaraigosa, Assembly Speaker (1998-2000): 

Antonio Villaraigosa

“As a former Speaker of the Assembly and Mayor of Los Angeles, I understand what’s at stake if we fail to take meaningful action to address climate change head on. Our health, our economy – and the California way of life – are all at risk from rising temperatures and sea levels. And the people who will suffer the most are those that are least able to adapt. We need to be steadfast in our commitment to action if we want to avoid the worst impacts. That’s why I’m proud to support SB 350 and SB 32.”

 

Darrell Steinberg, Senate President pro Tempore (2008-2014):  

Darrell Steinberg

"Californian's are known around the world for our pioneering spirit, which has propelled us from the Gold Rush to the Internet Age. Now we have the opportunity -- and the moral obligation -- to lead once again in developing the cutting edge policies and technologies that will preserve the health of our planet, our economy and our communities. That's a legacy we should aspire to. SB 350 and SB 32 set a high bar for continued leadership, and I fully support Pro Tem De León and Senator Pavley’s efforts." 

John Burton, Senate President pro Tempore (1998-2004):

John Burton

 "In my experience, the right choice and the most difficult choice are often one in the same. What we decide in those instances is the best litmus test of our character.  Let's make SB 350 and SB 32 the law of the land and show the world what California is made of."

David Roberti, Senate President pro Tempore (1981-1994):

David Roberti

“Having served in the California Legislature for more than two-decades, including 13 years as the leader of the Senate, I know our state is capable of overcoming great challenges. Today, climate change is one of the greatest challenges we face. It is for this reason that I am supporting SB 350. There is no question that climate change is already altering our environment.  If we are to avoid a future marked by extreme weather patterns, severe and extended droughts, rising sea levels, and other disastrous consequences, we must act now.  California has always had the courage to do what is right – from standing up for civil rights to taking on the gun lobby. It’s time for the Legislature to stand up again for our health, our economy, and our environment and pass SB 350.”

 

#ActOnClimate #SB350
 

Separate the facts from the fiction on SB 350: http://focus.senate.ca.gov/climate/sb350-facts.
 

For more information on the California Climate Leadership Package visit http://focus.senate.ca.gov/climate.

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Small Business California Endorses SB 350

August 19, 2015

California’s leading small business organization today endorsed legislation by Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) to combat climate change, clean up air pollution and stimulate innovation and investment to build the clean-energy economy of tomorrow.

Small Business California, on behalf of its network of more than 5,000 employers who represent 3.6 million small businesses in the state, joined in support of SB 350.

“SB 350 will continue to grow California’s climate change leadership position by investing in policies that will improve overall productivity and support job creation,” said Scott Hauge, President of Small Business California. “While heavily subsidized fossil fuel extraction industries will resist these changes and work to influence opposition to these policies, California will continue to prosper by investments directed towards supporting sustainable energy production, transportation and energy efficiency,” Hauge added.

California small businesses have a major stake in seeing the successful development of clean transportation options and power production as well as policies that support affordably managing building operation costs. A UC Berkeley study found that increasing renewable energy generation and improving energy efficiency shields businesses from increasing energy prices.

Small Business California was a leading business organization that supported AB 32, California’s landmark 2006 law. The small business group also supported SB 535 (De León), passed in 2012, which is directing AB 32 cap and trade proceeds toward disadvantaged communities in California and is helping support residents and small businesses in these areas of the state where they would likely otherwise be left behind.

“California’s economy has seen a broad economic benefit created through investments in programs designed to reduce petroleum use and increase renewable energy and energy efficiency,” said Hank Ryan, Founding Board Member of Small Business California. “AB 32 has provided a successful mechanism for addressing emissions reductions that contribute to climate change, a serious threat to our overall economy and to small businesses in particular. SB 350 is the next logical step in California’s progression on clean energy and climate leadership.”

Opponents of SB 350, led by profit-driven oil companies and their lobbyists, have mobilized an aggressive misinformation campaign designed to intimidate lawmakers and diminish public support, even though Californians overwhelmingly support SB 350. Separate the facts from the fiction WSPA’s Car Drivers Alliance has been putting out in recent weeks and visit http://focus.senate.ca.gov/climate/sb350-facts.

For more information on the California Climate Leadership Package visit http://focus.senate.ca.gov/climate.

Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León with Small Business California advocate Lori Kammerer and Small Business California President Scott Hauge.

Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León with Small Business California advocate Lori Kammerer and Small Business California President Scott Hauge.

#ActOnClimate #SB350

Inaction on climate change would cost billions in economic losses, major EPA-sponsored study finds

June 22, 2015

A global agreement to curb greenhouse gas emissions would prevent nearly 70,000 premature American deaths annually by the end of the century while sparing the country hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of economic losses, according to a major government study on the cost of climate change.

Slowing the carbon build-up in the atmosphere would also prevent severe damage to a wide range of critical ecosystems, from Hawaiian coral reefs that support tourism to shellfish beds off the East Coast, said the report released by the White House on Monday.

The report, a five-year, peer-reviewed analysis that assesses the benefits of alternative strategies for dealing with climate change, concludes that every region of the country could be spared severe economic disruptions that would result if greenhouse gas concentrations continue to soar.