Gloria Resolution Pushes Federal Government to Pass Green New Deal
Assemblymember Gloria Leads Effort to Get California On-The-Record in Support of Green New Deal in the U.S
SAN DIEGO, CA – Just days after his introduction of proposed reforms to San Diego’s Air Pollution Control District in an effort to spur more climate action locally, California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) is leading another effort to call for national action on climate change. Today, Assemblymember Gloria announced his introduction of a new state resolution urging Congress to pass a Green New Deal.
“In California, we know business as usual won’t stop climate change. That’s why we have taken decisive action to curb our carbon footprint by committing to clean energy, promoting smart growth, and reducing tailpipe emissions – but we cannot be alone,” said Assemblymember Todd Gloria. “The science is clear: unless we take immediate and bold action, the safe and clean future we envision for our children and grandchildren will not exist. It’s time the White House gets serious about climate change. It’s time America goes beyond business as usual. It’s time for a Green New Deal.”
Assembly Joint Resolution 7 (AJR 7) calls on Congress to enact legislation for a Green New Deal that would:
- Comprehensively address our current climate emergency;
- Transform our economy to one that places health and wellness of our communities at its center, promotes ecological resilience, and restores biodiversity;
- Authentically include leadership and voices of underrepresented communities via a process that is transparent, inclusive, and democratic;
- Center on a “just transition” and place the economic needs and well-being of workers and frontline communities at the forefront;
- Respect tribal sovereignty; and
- Create family supporting jobs within the expanding green economy.
“A Green New Deal resolution is an important step toward building a renewable energy economy and a just transition for workers and communities. It’s time to unplug our failing fossil fuel energy infrastructure with this unprecedented opportunity to create a renewable, resilient energy system that protects our health and safety, creates family-sustaining jobs, and puts decision-making power back in the hands of our communities,” said Gladys Limon, Executive Director of California Environmental Justice Alliance. “We applaud Assemblymember’s Gloria’s resolution and urge California’s leaders to seize upon this clarion call and take bold action to transition from California’s massive fossil fuel infrastructure to ensure the benefits of a renewable energy economy reach environmental justice communities like Richmond, Wilmington, and Kern County, where residents have felt the impacts of climate change sources most deeply."
AJR 7 comes on the heels of the introduction of H. Res 109 by Rep. Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) and Sen. Markey (D-Massachusetts) introduced last week in the U.S. Congress.
If passed by the California State Legislature, copies of AJR 7 will be immediately distributed to the President of the United States and members of Congress, putting California officially on the record in support of the recently introduced federal legislation.
AJR 7 will be considered by both the Assembly and Senate in the coming months.