Assemblymember Gloria Issues Statement on Support of California’s Cap-and-Trade Program Extension

Friday, July 21, 2017

Author of San Diego’s Climate Action Plan Continues Climate Advocacy, Votes to Protect Californians from Toxic Pollutants

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, the California State Legislature voted to approve an extension of California’s cap-and-trade program (AB 398) as well as companion legislation (AB 617) for air quality improvement. Following today’s vote, California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) released this statement addressing his support for both bills:

“As the author of the City of San Diego’s groundbreaking climate action plan, I have always believed that the threat of climate change is real and it requires urgent action for the sake of all humanity. 

“While the Trump Administration works to roll back gains at the national and international level, California must take up the mantle of global leadership in the fight against climate change. When we see the impacts of our changing climate virtually every day and working families are subjected to toxic emissions from polluters, we simply cannot look the other way and fail to act.

“California’s cap-and-trade program is the most effective and cost efficient state solution we have to combat climate change and it is being replicated by others around the world. More importantly, the legislation approved today will maintain our progress, help keep utility costs low for working families through household climate credits, create more clean energy jobs for the middle-class, and enable us to continue reaching our greenhouse gas reduction targets.”

During his service as the Interim Mayor for the City of San Diego, Assemblymember Gloria authored the City’s Climate Action Plan. Now a legally-binding document, the plan sets greenhouse gas reduction and renewable energy goals to be achieved by 2035.  

Contact: Nick Serrano, (619) 645-3090