With three days to go in the session, Governor Gavin Newsom’s “5 point climate plan,” Diablo Canyon’s re-licensing, and the “lithium valley,” now have bill numbers. Will they all be approved? What kind of “horse trading” is happening behind the scenes to have at least some of these or all of these survive?
Newsom’s climate Pillars + Diablo (Bills and Links):
- Codifying the state’s goal to be carbon neutral by 2045 into law. AB 1395
- Ramp up the 2030 greenhouse gas emissions reduction target from 40 percent to 55 percent below the 1990 level. AB 2133
- Establish setbacks of 3,200 feet between new oil wells and schools, homes and parks. SB 1137
- Set clean electricity targets of 90 percent by 2035 and 95 percent by 2040 to keep the state on track to the previously-established goal of total clean electricity retail sales by 2045. SB 1020
- Establishing a regulatory framework for carbon removal and capture, utilization, and sequestration. SB 905 and AB 1279
- Diablo Canyon re-licensing. SB 846
- Budget trailer bill, which has millions for climate change, including funding for storage and the Lithium Valley. SB 126
All of these must be approved by both houses of the Legislature by midnight on 8/31. Those measures that are approved will be sent to Newsom for action. Newsom will have until the end of September to act.