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Goals & Issue Summary

Goals

Monitor implementation of AB 32 climate change legislation and its impact on California businesses, including Air Resources Board (ARB) activities;

Support risk management and corporate strategies to help lessen the financial burden of climate change mitigation efforts;

Support national/global efforts that could help California businesses grow and promote their technologies/services elsewhere.

Issue Summary

Greenhouse Gas Regulation

Position: The California Chamber of Commerce supports climate change laws and regulations that are cost-effective, technology-neutral, and promote the use of market-based strategies to reduce GHGs. The Legislature should ensure that any changes to California law safeguard the economy while having a demonstrable impact on GHG reduction and attract private capital to the state. Greenhouse Gas Regulation

Major Victories

Stopped legislation in 2015 leading to fuel price increases through an arbitrary petroleum use cutback (SB 350).

Stopped proposals leading to fuel price increases, including two that increased energy costs by allocating funds from an illegal tax to various programs that are not needed to cost-effectively implement the market-based trading mechanism under AB 32, the state’s landmark climate change law.

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Staff Contact

Leah B. SilverthornLeah B. Silverthorn
Policy Advocate
Climate Change, Energy, Environmental Regulation, Transportation