Assembly Natural Resources Chair Responds to Senate Cap & Trade Legislative Proposal

Monday, May 1, 2017

SACRAMENTO — Assembly Natural Resources Chair, Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens), today provided the following statement in response to the Senate’s cap-and-trade legislative proposal, SB 775:

“With cap-and-trade proposals from both houses, and both parties, the California Legislature is clear that addressing climate change is a priority, despite the Trump Administration’s baseless denial,” said Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, Chair of the Assembly Natural Resources Committee and author of AB 378, legislation she introduced to continue the cap-and-trade program while also addressing air quality. 

“I welcome engagement from the Senate, and our Republican colleagues in California, as we maintain our unwavering environmental leadership while protecting the vulnerable communities that are most impacted by climate change and air pollution.  As bills advance through the legislature, I will be firm on my commitment to a cap-and-trade program that benefits all Californians, where compliance flexibility does not come at the expense of local air quality,” she added.

Assembly Bill 378 by Garcia extends cap and trade through 2030, removing previous uncertainty about whether cap and trade will be part of the mix of measures the Air Resources Board (ARB) uses to meet the 40% reduction target established last year by SB 32 and AB 197.  This would meaningfully integrate cap and trade with air quality for the first time in the nation. 

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