Climate change is a confounding problem requiring a global solution. California is a global climate leader, but where do we really stand in terms of reaching our state's climate and clean air goals?
The truth is that we are falling short. Even with funding from the Cap-and-Trade Program we do not have the resources we need to get there.
This is why Move CA (a project of Move LA) and northern California partner SPUR have begun talking with climate leaders, advocates and experts about developing a statewide ballot measure to provide a major new funding source to invest in emission reductions.
First we want to make sure the state has enough funding to make the investments needed to reach the greenhouse gas reduction goals set out in the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 2018 Special Report on Global Warming—which are roughly equal to the targets California set with the passage of SB 32: to reduce statewide greenhouse gas emissions 40% below the 1990 level by 2030.
Second we want this funding to also enable all the state’s air districts to meet federal ozone attainment standards and ensure California’s air is clean by 2031.
And third we want social justice and major opportunities for disadvantaged communities to be hard-wired into the investment program—ensuring, for example, that there is a robust cash incentive program so that low-income people can purchase zero-emission vehicles, that charging infrastructure is built in disadvantaged communities, and that there are pathways for good jobs in the green economy.
Join us in a series of conversations with climate and clean air leaders and experts who are helping ensure we are on the right track.