With the U.S. the second largest Greenhouse Gas Emitter in the world, and California being the second largest emitter in the U.S. what we do here in the Golden State matters immensely especially now with a Federal Government slashing regulations and funding for important agencies. This summer on June 20th & in late August CIPL will host interfaith climate advocacy days in Sacramento. For more information or to inquire about participating please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
While we are still finalizing our 2017 priority legislation, we have created a list of core commitments that are guiding our advocacy activities which we hope you too will consider as you advocate on local climate related matters:
1) Strong GHG emission reduction targets from all sources, energy, transportation, industry, and agriculture leading CA ultimately to carbon neutrality
2) Significant investments in renewable power with the goal of 100% clean energy as soon as possible giving priority to local solar, wind, hydro and geothermal build outs that create good jobs for Californians.
3) Advancing climate justice by ensuring the participation in policy discussions of those on the frontlines of climate impacts, tangible benefits for communities who have historically bore the brunt of health and environmental pollution
Photo from Summer 2016
2016 statewide climate legislation California IPL is currently following:
AB 1550 (Gomez)
Current law requires the Department of Finance, in consultation with the state board and any other relevant state agency, to develop, as specified, a 3-year investment plan for the moneys deposited in the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund. This bill would require the investment plan to allocate a minimum of 25% of the available moneys in the fund to projects located within disadvantaged communities and a separate and additional 25% to projects that benefit low-income households.
AB 2722 (Burke)
Would create the Transformative Climate Communities Program, to be administered by the Strategic Growth Council. The bill would appropriate $250,000,000 from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to the council to administer the program. The bill would require the council, in coordination with the California Environmental Protection Agency Assistant Secretary for Environmental Justice and Tribal Affairs, to award competitive grants to specified eligible entities for transformative climate community plans in disadvantaged communities, as defined.
SB 32 (Pavley)
Would require the State Air Resources Board to approve a statewide greenhouse gas emissions limit that is equivalent to 40% below the 1990 level to be achieved by 2030. The bill also would state the intent of the Legislature for the Legislature and appropriate agencies to adopt complementary policies that ensure the long-term emissions reductions advance specified criteria. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.
SB 1383 (Lara)
Would require the State Air Resources Board to approve and implement that comprehensive strategy to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants to achieve a reduction in methane by 40%, hydrofluorocarbon gases by 40%, and anthropogenic black carbon by 50% below 2013 levels by 2030, as specified. Let your Assemblymember know you support SB1383
SB 1279 (Hancock)
SB 1279 states that the California Transportation Commission shall not allocate state funds for any project at a port facility located at, or adjacent to, a disadvantaged community if it includes plans to export coal from the state. Urge your Assemblymember to support SB 1279 to ensure no state money is spent on building new bulk coal export terminals.
California Interfaith Power & Light supports California’s Plastic Bag Ban. VOTE YES ON PROP 67
Plastic bag bans have proven to reduce waste and save energy, according to Californians Against Waste: Californians use almost 13.8 billion bags each year. Plastic bags litter our streets and oceans, endanger marine life, and take many years to biodegrade. The plastic and chemical industries have already raised over $6 million to try to overturn the ban. Visit this website for more about the issue.
Endorse California Delivers
This is a crucial time to demonstrate to our California legislators and the public the support of the faith community for climate action. California Delivers is a coalition of businesses, workers, community and faith leaders, and advocates for public health, consumers, and low-income families that supports the full and timely implementation of California climate solutions.
Explore California’s Climate Investments and explore case studies from The Greenlining Institute
Learn more about climate solutions through The Solutions Project
Interfaith Power & Light’s Policy on Clean Energy Issues: California Interfaith Power & Light, as part of the IPL national network, holds certain positions on specific issues, such as nuclear energy, coal and energy efficiency. Click here to read about IPL’s Clean Energy Agenda and more.