California Climate Policy Leader Cristina Garcia Rejects Trump Climate Change Order

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In response to President Trump’s executive order nullifying President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, Assemblymember Cristina Garcia, chair of the Natural Resources Committee, announced her determination to keep pushing California towards a greener future.

“If President Trump wanted to help people instead of just going for a quick fix that benefits him personally, he would be investing in job retraining and renewable energy.  Sure, these jobs might help in the near term, but President Trump is setting us back years, and, ultimately, the most vulnerable and impacted communities will shoulder most of the burden. I won’t let California go the same way,” said Assemblymember Garcia.

California’s landmark climate change law, AB 32, requires the Air Resources Board (ARB) to develop regulations and authorized market mechanisms to reduce California’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 1990 levels by the year 2020. An additional law, SB 32 requires additional 40 percent reduction by 2030.

Assemblymember Garcia has proposed new legislation to aid in the implementation of these two laws. Her legislation, AB 378, will empower the ARB to protect and promote public health in vulnerable, low-income communities already severely affected by pollution while giving the agency the flexibility and mandate to use an effective and equitable mix of measures to achieve the emissions levels required by SB 32.

“As the sixth largest economy in the world, I think we can do a lot to influence not only those in our state but around the country and the globe to disregard the appallingly short-sighted policymaking coming from Washington D.C. We have a responsibility to not just maintain our current environmental standards, but also to make those standards better and their application equitable for everyone.”

Assemblymember Cristina Garcia currently serves as the Chair of the Legislative Women’s Caucus and Chairs the Assembly Committee on Natural Resources. In addition to being a legislator, Assemblymember Garcia is also the Vice Chair on the Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, working at the forefront of making impressive change for California’s women and girls. Cristina has been recognized by California Forward with the distinguished California Forward Thinkers Award, previously earned the Distinguished Woman of the Year Award from the California State Assembly. A math teacher for thirteen years prior to joining the Assembly, Cristina lives in the in the Southeast Los Angeles community of Bell Gardens.

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               The 58th Assembly District includes the cities of Montebello, Pico Rivera, Commerce, Bell Gardens, Downey, Norwalk, Bellflower, Cerritos and Artesia.