Why Carbon Pricing Builds Economies While Reducing Pollution

December 10, 2014

At the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, the California delegation has participated in meetings about carbon pricing and our state’s landmark cap and trade program. We have the first economy-wide carbon pricing program ever adopted in the United States and it provides a framework for other states and nations to follow.

It’s another example of how a sub-national government like California can lead the world and show other nations the way to de-carbonize their economies. It’s truly surprising—and inspiring—how California’s actions are watched so closely by the rest of the world.

Carbon pricing is an important tool to level the playing field between high polluting fossil fuels and clean renewable energy. Our society is built around high polluting fuels as we rely on our cars and trucks —how often do you go to the gas station to fill up? It is important we find ways to reduce use of fossil fuels if we ever want to cut climate pollution and make our local communities more livable.

We also need to ensure that working families benefit immediately from our climate policies. The legislature adopted a law to ensure that $200 million collected under carbon pricing is directly rebated to residents and small businesses. That’s about 80 dollars per average household every year according to our state agencies. In addition, a law I authored requires at least 25 percent of all revenue collected be invested in disadvantaged communities.

Carbon pricing also creates jobs and new funding to invest in our state. If we stay on course, our clean energy and climate goals will produce over 500,000 new high wage jobs over the next 20 years. They will also provide billions of new dollars of investment in communities impacted by pollution across California. That’s why I support my colleague Senator Fran Pavley who is authoring SB 32 to extend our climate targets to 2030 and 2050. Setting long-term targets will send a clear signal to the private sector to continue creating jobs and developing technologies that clean up the air, especially in disadvantaged communities, while reducing energy costs for families and businesses.

Just last week, California linked its carbon pricing market with the province of Quebec. That means potentially millions of dollars of additional investments here in our state to reduce pollution. It also shows how California is leading the world by partnering with other states and provinces to fight global pollution. Together, we can tackle climate change and help our state develop its green economy.

- KDL

Conversación con Nancy Sutley del LADWP

December 09, 2014

Mientras que en la Conferencia del Cambio Climático de la ONU, el Presidente pro Tempore del Senado Kevin de León habló con Nancy Sutley, Directora de Sostenibilidad y Desarrollo Económico del Departamento de Agua y Energía de Los Ángeles.  Sutley también estuvo con la administración de Obama y ayudó a dirigir la nación sobre la agenda del cambio climático como Presidente del Consejo de la Casa Blanca sobre la Calidad Ambiental. Vean el video de la conversación en inglés aquí.

Conversation with LADWP's Nancy Sutley

December 09, 2014

While at the UN Climate Change Conference, Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de Leon spent some time speaking with Nancy Sutley, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s Chief Sustainability and Economic Development Officer. Sutley also served in the Obama administration, help lead the nation's climate change agenda as Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Watch the video of their conversation here.

Resaltando el Estándar del Estado Dorado

December 08, 2014

Esta semana, soy un miembro de la delegación de California asistiendo a la Conferencia sobre el Marco de Trabajo de las Naciones Unidas sobre el Cambio Climático en Lima, Perú. Después de mi primer día de reuniones con representantes de los diferentes estados y países, yo les puedo decir una cosa: el estado de California tiene mucho de que estar orgulloso.

Nuestro estado es  líder mundial en cuanto a la promulgación política sobre el cambio climático, la reducción de las emisiones de carbono y ayudar a construir la economía del mañana. Ya que Washington D. C., permanece totalmente paralizado sobre estos temas, el mundo está pendiente de las leyes que se produce en California mientras que otros piases, estados, provincias, y ciudades se enfrentan a la lucha contra el cambio climático.

Somos el primer estado en implementar un sistema de topes y comercio de derechos de emisiones, en el que le cobramos a los contaminadores y reinvertimos esos ingresos en la infraestructura y nuevas tecnologías, así como en la limpieza de la contaminación de nuestras comunidades más impactadas, desde el Este de Oakland hasta el Oeste de Fresno y hasta el Este de Los Ángeles. Disponemos de uno de los estándares en materia de energías renovables  más ambicioso del mundo, uno que requiere un tercio de la electricidad de nuestro estado proveniente de fuentes de energía limpia. Hemos demostrado cómo poner más carros de bajo consumo de combustible en la carretera y actualizar nuestras escuelas para ahorrar en los costos de energía. Estamos invirtiendo en una infraestructura que favorece el medio ambiente, incluyendo la siembra de árboles y el desarrollo de parques  en nuestros barrios. California está tomando medidas para lidiar con nuestros problemas ambientales, incluyendo las sequías y los incendios forestales.

Con todas estas iniciativas y más, California está al frente del desarrollo de una economía verde - una economía del siglo 21. Nuestros empresarios han abierto más negocios ecológicos, han creado más puestos nuevos de trabajo, y han obtenido más financiación de nuevo capital para la energía limpia que en cualquier otro estado. Somos líderes en el país en cada categoría de la tecnología limpia y los empleos que sostienen la ecología están creciendo más rápidamente que cualquier otra industria.

No podemos parar ahora.

Las reuniones de la ONU en Perú actualmente son parte de las negociaciones en curso entre 200 países para estabilizar los gases de efecto invernadero y las contribuciones humanas al cambio climático. California ya lo está haciendo en parte por la ley AB 32 (Núñez & Pavley) y estoy realmente orgulloso de mostrar el progreso que nuestro gran estado ha hecho en el desarrollo de la economía del mañana.

Los países de todo el mundo siempre han admirado a California por nuestras películas y las tecnologías que salen de las personas creativas e innovadoras, pero aquí en Lima, es genial ver el interés en replicar el "Estándar del Estado Dorado" que hemos establecido para proteger el medio ambiente y la lucha contra el cambio climático.

Nosotros, el Senado, nuestros socios de la Asamblea y el Gobernador, estamos deseosos de ayudar a nuestros socios internacionales en este esfuerzo.

-KDL 

Showcasing the Golden State Standard

December 08, 2014
De León enters the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru

This week, I am a member of the California delegation attending the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru. After my first day of meetings with representatives from different states and countries, I can tell you one thing: California has a lot of which to be proud.

Our state leads the world enacting policies that address climate change, reduce carbon emissions and help build the economy of tomorrow. Since Washington, D.C. remains gridlocked on these issues, the world is watching the laws we enact in California as other countries, states, provinces and cities take on the battle against climate change.

We are the first state to implement a cap-and-trade system where we charge polluters and reinvest that revenue in infrastructure and new technologies, as well as in cleaning up pollution in our most impacted communities, from East Oakland to West Fresno to East LA. We have one of the most ambitious renewable energy standards in the world requiring that one-third of our state's electricity comes from clean energy resources. We have shown how to put more fuel-efficient cars on the road and upgrade our schools to save on energy bills. We are investing in green infrastructure, including planting trees and building more parks in our neighborhoods. California is taking action to address our environmental problems, including droughts and wildfires.

With all of these initiatives and more, California is driving the development of a green economy – a 21st century economy. Our entrepreneurs have opened more green businesses, created more new jobs, and garnered more clean energy venture capital funding than those in any other state. We lead the nation in every clean technology category and green jobs are growing faster than any other industry.

We can't stop now.

The UN meetings happening in Peru are part of ongoing negotiations between 200 countries to stabilize greenhouse gases and human contributions to climate change. California is already doing this because of AB 32 (Nuñez & Pavley) and I am really proud to showcase the progress our great state has made in building the economy of tomorrow.

Countries across the globe have always loved California for our movies and technologies that come out of our creative and innovative people, but here in Lima, it’s great to see their interest in replicating the “Golden State standard” we have set for protecting the environment and combating climate change.

We the Senate, our partners in the Assembly and the Governor, look forward to helping our international partners in this effort.

- KDL

Sacramento Bee: Kevin de León leads trip to Peru climate conference

December 05, 2014

New state Senate leader Kevin de León is rounding out his second month in charge with his first official business abroad as president pro tem. The Los Angeles Democrat is leading a California delegation to Lima, Peru, this weekend, where they’ll be participating in a United Nations conference on climate change through next Friday.

LA Times: Sen. Kevin De León leading delegation to Peru on climate change

December 05, 2014

State Senate leader Kevin De León (D-Los Angeles) will head a delegation of California officials attending a weeklong conference on climate change starting Sunday in Lima, Peru.

De León will be accompanied to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change by members of the Brown administration including Matt Rodriquez, the secretary for environmental protection. Brown himself is not attending the conference.

AP: California delegation attends climate change talks

December 05, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's Senate leader and one of the state's top environmental officials are heading to Peru to tout the state's efforts to combat global climate change.

"I think it demonstrates the role that California and other sub-national actors are playing" in leading climate change policy, California Environmental Protection Agency spokesman Alex Barnum said Friday.

Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon plans to speak at several events during United Nations-sponsored climate talks, which are drawing delegations from more than 190 nations.

California Senate Leader De León and California Delegation Attend UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Peru

December 05, 2014

Packed Schedule Highlights California’s Leadership in Environmental Protection and Green Jobs

In an effort to promote California’s global leadership on environmental protection and clean energy innovation, as well as learn best practices from other government and NGO environmental leaders, Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León will join a California delegation in Lima, Peru, from December 7-11, 2014, to participate in meetings for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

California Senate Leader De León and California Delegation Attend UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Peru

December 05, 2014

Packed Schedule Highlights California’s Leadership in Environmental Protection and Green Jobs

In an effort to promote California’s global leadership on environmental protection and clean energy innovation, as well as learn best practices from other government and NGO environmental leaders, Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León will join a California delegation in Lima, Peru, from December 7-11, 2014, to participate in meetings for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

**Lima, Peru is 3 hours ahead of PST

**Follow conferees on social media through the hashtags: #COP20 and #UNFCCC

**Find Senator De León’s convention blog through http://sd24.senate.ca.gov (live on Sunday, December 7th)

The pro Tem will speak at several official UN events, including: a discussion on pricing carbon emissions; joint events by California and Mexico, as well as California and China highlighting recent MOUs on greenhouse gas reduction; a panel on advanced transportation (such as electric vehicles); a conference with Peruvian legislators and legislators from around the world; high level meetings with the White House, United Nations and other dignitaries; a discussion with officials from Norway on forests and land use; and other events.

The pro Tem and California’s delegation will tout California’s leadership on climate change and environmental policy, and discuss opportunities in California and the United States to create jobs in the low-carbon economy, reduce climate change and protect our environment. They will also exchange ideas with countries, states, provinces and cities around the world on how to work together to tackle this global problem.

California is a world leader in adopting and implementing policies to address climate change, including these bills from the last decade:

  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 (AB 32, Nuñez/Pavley 2006);
  • Advancing clean car standards to reduce tailpipe emissions (AB 1493, Pavley 2002);
  • Setting Renewable Portfolio Standards to procure clean energy (SB 2-1X, Simitian 2011);
  • Requiring 25% of Cap and Trade revenue be invested in California’s most disadvantaged communities (SB 535, De León 2012);
  • Making zero emission vehicles more accessible to more Californians (SB 1275, De León 2014);
  • Addressing short-lived climate pollutants (SB 605, Lara 2014).