A legislative effort to extend California’s climate change policies past 2020 is proving more difficult than policymakers had bargained for.
A top aide to Gov. Jerry Brown (D) said yesterday that he is committed to cementing the state’s climate goals in law or by voter approval but that it might not happen until 2018.
“Let’s be clear: We are going to extend our climate goals and cap-and-trade program—one way or another,” Nancy McFadden, Brown’s executive secretary, said in a statement on Twitter. “The governor will continue working with the Legislature to get this done this year, next year or on the ballot in 2018.”
Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León (D) sought Tuesday to back away from expectations that lawmakers would pass 2030 emissions targets this year in the waning days of the state’s legislative session. Negotiations over S.B. 32 also floundered last year; the bill’s sponsor, state Sen. Fran Pavley (D), is termed out this year (ClimateWire, Aug. 4).
McFadden referenced negotiations with oil companies as a reason to avoid rushing into a legislative compromise. The state’s low-carbon fuel standard, which requires producers to reduce the carbon content of their fuels by 10 percent by 2020, has reportedly been a bargaining chip.
“[W]e can’t buy into the fallacy that a vote on any single measure over the next 27 days will make or break our climate agenda,” she said. “We will not play into the hands of oil companies by telegraphing our strategy or settle for measures that weaken, undermine or diminish our world-leading climate programs.”
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