In a press conference at the UN Climate Conference, Senator Josh Becker reviewed the past, present, and future of California climate policy and announced two major initiatives for the upcoming legislative session.

After reviewing California’s leadership, he concluded that he’s proud that “since 2000, California has reduced its emissions per capita by more than 20% while at the same time growing our economy by more than 60%.”

But he also noted that getting to our 2030 goal, and getting to carbon neutrality no later than 2045, will require California to move a lot faster.

As part of that effort, he announced legislation to require the California state government to achieve net zero emissions of GHGs from the state’s own operations by 2035–10 years ahead of the state’s current economy-wide net zero goal.

In 2018, Governor Brown issued executive order B-55-18 to set a target for the whole economy of California to achieve net zero no later than 2045. This will require every citizen and every company in the state to make changes to decarbonize the vehicles they drive, the energy they use in their homes and other buildings, and the energy used in manufacturing and other industrial processes.

“If we are going to ask the entire state to achieve net zero, shouldn’t the government lead by example and show how to get to zero before asking everyone else to do it?” asked Senator Becker, D-Peninsula, who chairs the Senate Subcommittee on the Clean Energy Future and is vice chair of the Legislature’s Committee on Climate Change Policies.

“I propose that the state government should set a target of achieving net zero emissions from its own operations by 2035.”

“The state could–and should–lead on these issues by developing clear plans for how the state government will get to net zero emissions within its own operations by being an early adopter of the necessary technologies that will ultimately be needed by the rest of the state.”

While many state agencies have taken steps to reduce GHG emissions, more needs to be done. Today, for example, the state’s fleet of about 56,000 vehicles includes only about 2% zero-emission vehicles according to last published data.
“Requiring the state government to achieve net zero by 2035 will leverage the state’s procurement power to kickstart progress across many sectors.”
Following up on his successful effort to pass a bill to get to net zero emissions from the cement industry, Senator Becker introduced SB 778 last session to require the state to buy low carbon concrete. This bill is eligible for further action next year. Together, cement and concrete account for 7% of the world’s carbon emissions.

Senator Becker also announced he was exploring legislation to “Build Clean Faster,” saying “this is a climate crisis. We cannot let business as usual, with all that red tape, prevent us from doing what must be done. It’s time that we stop paying lawyers to fight about these projects and start paying workers to get them built.”

He said he intends to work with others in the legislature, state agencies, the NGO community, and the private sector to find a way to break this logjam and get these environmentally necessary projects moving at the pace we need to see.

The announced legislation is eligible to be introduced in January when the Legislature reconvenes.

You can watch a recording of the press conference here. Senator Becker is available for comment.

Recall Election; Deadline to Register to Vote is 30 August!


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Californians will decide whether to recall Governor Gavin Newsom or keep him in office. This will be an all mail in ballot election.

Deadline to Register to Vote in the Recall Election is August 30, 2021

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2021 Annual Club Membership Meeting

Lennie Roberts will speak at our Club’s Annual Meeting!

Lennie Roberts

Lennie Roberts from Green Foothills

“Development versus Preservation – What’s ahead for the Coastside?”

Saturday 26 June on Zoom.  1 pm Club elections, 1:30 pm Speaker.

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Lennie first became involved with Green Foothills in 1968 as a Board member before becoming the organization’s first full-time San Mateo County Legislative Advocate in 1978. For 50 years,  Lennie has championed the protection of the San Mateo coast and other key landscapes leading a number of critically successful and historic open space campaigns and ballot initiatives. She was also instrumental in helping to found the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District in 1972, and its expansion into San Mateo County in 1976 and the coast in 2009. Lennie’s legendary environmental accomplishments on behalf of Green Foothills has earned her numerous awards including Bay Nature Magazine’s 2019 Citizen Hero Award, San Mateo County Historical Association Museum’s 2019 History Maker award, Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter’s 2016 Environmental Hero, and Cox Enterprise’s Cox Conserves Heroes award in 2009.

Election 2020 Watch Party

Vote for Joe Biden

Join us as we watch the election results.  Nov 3, 2020 18:00 Pacific Time

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