Governor Newsom signs strong climate package that secures California leadership for decades


(Vallejo, CA – September 16, 2022) Governor Newsom today signed into law a series of environmental bills, including a series of ambitious climate measures designed to tackle the urgent climate crisis head-on. These measures codify the state’s commitment to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045, create a framework for the responsible deployment of carbon capture as a climate strategy, and set a step back in health and safety around oil and gas wells.

“Governor Newsom has cemented his role as a climate leader and, along with the state legislature, secured California’s position at the forefront of aspirational states. Recognizing the growing threat of climate change, as well as the opportunities presented by the Cut Inflation Act, California is seizing this moment to step up its fight against climate change.

“Now, California must implement these measures quickly to reduce emissions this decade and ensure they improve the lives of all Californians, especially those most at risk from climate impacts and pollution.

“With the adoption of these critical climate and equity actions, California continues to build a resilient, climate-safe future for all residents, while providing a model for other states.”

Background to three of the major bills signed today:

1. The California Climate Crisis Act (AB 1279, Muratsuchi)

This legislation codifies California’s commitment to achieve net zero by 2045 at the latest. This allows the legislature, communities and businesses to begin long-term planning, with certainty, for a more secure future. today. Critically, this goal requires California to reduce its emissions by 85% – ensuring the state uses solutions at hand. now to dramatically reduce pollution from industrial facilities, vehicles, power plants and more, even as the state begins to develop the necessary carbon phase-out strategies.

2. Framework for carbon capture with community protections (SB 905, Caballero & Skinner)

This bill establishes a framework to enable the deployment of carbon capture technology to reduce emissions from stationary sources, with the inclusion of essential community protections and environmental integrity provisions. Solutions to reduce emissions must not harm local air quality or public health, especially in communities historically plagued by pollution.

3. Health and safety setbacks around oil wells (SB 1137, González & Limon)

Governor Newsom directed the California Geologic Energy Management Division (CalGEM) to establish regulations to create a rollback in public health and safety around oil wells in 2021. With this legislation, this policy is now enshrined in the law. California environmental justice leaders have been advocating for this policy for years, and state leaders have finally taken decisive action to protect public health.


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