Senator Pavley Introduces SB 32 (2015-2016) to Amend the AB 32 California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006

The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, generally known as AB 32, mandated that the California Air Resources Board (CARB) adopt both statewide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions limits equivalent to the statewide GHG emission level in 1990 and rules and regulations to achieve maximum, technologically feasible, and cost-effective GHG emissions reductions. AB 32 mandated that California achieve the adopted GHG emission reductions by 2020.

On December 1, 2014, Senator Pavley introduced SB 32 requiring the CARB to adopt a statewide GHG emission limit equivalent to 80% below the 1990 level to be achieved by 2050. The bill authorizes the CARB to adopt interim GHG emission level targets for 2030 and 2040.

The bill explicitly expresses “the intent of the Legislature for the Legislature and appropriate agencies to adopt complementary policies that ensure long-term emission reductions adopted pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 38550 [that] advance all of the following:

(1) Job growth and local economic benefits in California.

(2) Public health benefits for California residents, particularly in disadvantaged communities.

(3) Innovation in technology and energy, water, and resource management practices.

(4) Regional and international collaboration to adopt similar greenhouse gas emissions reduction policies.”

This bill would codify former Governor Schwarzenegger’s Executive Order No. S-5-05 2050 emission reduction targets.   If signed into law, this bill will remove any uncertainty with regard to the long-term emission reductions for the state that have created long-term planning uncertainty for local governments and regional planning entities (See our previous posts on: Regional Transportation Plan Litigation and Climate Action Plan Litigation). This bill will be taken up by the Legislature at the beginning of the 2015-2016 legislative session.

About Joe Kaatz

Staff Attorney at the Energy Policy Initiatives Center, University of San Diego School of Law.
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