For Immediate Release
July 18, 2017
Contact: Julie Light, 510-992-4083, [email protected]
Food & Water Watch Disappointed by Passage of AB 398, Cap-and-Trade Bill
Group will continue to work for real solutions to climate crisis
Sacramento—Last night, the California legislature passed AB 398, extending the state’s deeply flawed cap-and-trade program to 2030, with several Republicans joining Democrats for a two thirds majority vote in both the Assembly and Senate. Food & Water Watch is disappointed to see legislators fall in line behind a bill that was drafted with help from fossil fuel lobbyists and opposed by a coalition of more than 50 environmental groups.
Statement by Food & Water Watch California Director Adam Scow
“Food & Water Watch is very disappointed to see the passage of AB 398, a bill that will extend California’s cap-and-trade system beyond 2020. The bill, heavily influenced by the oil and gas industry, makes California’s flawed cap-and-trade system worse by allowing excessive allowances to pollute and preventing local regulation of greenhouse gases. The climate crisis demands that the State regulate and reduce pollution quickly, but this bill gives polluters loopholes and tax breaks that could result in increased emissions. California’s cap-and-trade system cannot be considered a model for any state or nation that takes the climate crisis seriously.
“Governor Brown’s success in passing this polluter friendly bill is consistent with his record of supporting fracking and firing regulators who attempted to hold Big Oil accountable. While more than 50 of California’s leading environmental and environmental justice organizations opposed the bill, a few joined corporate polluters in supporting the bill, providing political cover for several Democratic legislators to support the legislation. Yesterday’s vote demonstrates that California needs new political leaders who have the courage to fight and regulate the oil companies unlike our current elected officials who ask for their blessing on regulations.”
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