California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday announced a sweeping package of what he called the country's "most aggressive" climate measures to "accelerate the state’s transition" to non-conventional energy sources.
The package includes 40 bills that appear to provide new green rules on laws related to things ranging from large-scale industry to the family home and private and public transportation.
The Democratic governor's office said in a statement the package of climate change-focused measures aims to cut pollution and target "big polluters."
It comes as America's most populous state has struggled to provide stable electricity for residents amid a heat wave, which saw the state asking residents to use less power and suggest the best times to use air conditioners or charge electric cars.
"We’re cleaning the air we breathe, holding the big polluters accountable, and ushering in a new era for clean energy," he continued. "That’s climate action done the California Way—and we’re not only doubling down, we’re just getting started."
40 Green BillsNewsom's office said his sweeping package of measures will create four million new jobs over the next 20 years, cut air pollution by 60 percent, and reduce state oil consumption by 91 percent.
How this would be achieved was not explained in the governor's news release.
The package of measures, the governor's office said, will save the state $23 billion by avoiding damage from pollution. It further aims to cut fossil fuel use in buildings and transportation by 92 percent and refinery pollution by 94 percent.
The governor named a list of the 40 new green bills, which touch on things from the broad scope of the climate to more everyday matters such as community air quality, electricity supply, vehicle permits, and gas pricing.
- AB 1279: "The California Climate Crisis Act"
- AB 1389: "Clean Transportation Program: project funding preferences"
- AB 1749: "Community emissions reduction programs: toxic air contaminants and criteria air pollutants"
- AB 1857: "Solid waste"
- AB 1909: "Vehicles: bicycle omnibus bill"
- AB 2075: "Energy: electric vehicle charging standards"
- AB 2622: "Sales and use taxes: exemptions: California Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Project: transit buses"
- AB 2836: "Carl Moyer Memorial Air Quality Standards Attainment Program: vehicle registration fees: California tire fee"
- SB 529: "Electricity: electrical transmission facilities"
- SB 1063: "Energy: appliance standards and cost-effective measures"
- SB 1205: "Water rights: appropriation"
- SB 1230: "Zero-emission and near-zero-emission vehicle incentive programs: requirements"
- SB 1322: "Energy: petroleum pricing"
- SB 1382: "Air pollution: Clean Cars 4 All Program: Sales and Use Tax Law: zero emissions vehicle exemption"
This latest pronouncement comes on the heels of Newsom enacting regulation to phase out sales of new gas-powered cars by 2035.