de León to Lead California Delegation at United Nations Climate Conference in Morocco

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

SACRAMENTO -- Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) will lead the California delegation at the United Nations 22nd Conference of Parties in Marrakech, Morocco, beginning today, November 15th. The trip is intended to assure global partners that California remains committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and building a clean energy future.

“California is well over ten percent of the U.S. economy, and we’re not turning back on building the clean energy economy of tomorrow,” Senate Leader de León said. “We will continue to use our policies, our purchasing power, and our private sector innovation to help us reach our emissions targets and transform the American energy sector.”

California is the 5th largest economy on the planet by GDP, and leads the nation in venture capital investments in clean energy. Statewide, over 500,000 California residents are employed in energy efficiency and clean energy generation, manufacturing, and services. In October, Governor Brown signed into law Senate Bill 32 (Pavley), which requires the state to reduce economy-wide greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% below 1990 levels by 2030. In 2015, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 350 (de León), which requires the state to generate at least half of its power from clean, renewable sources and double building energy efficiency by 2030.

California has also led efforts to coordinate subnational jurisdictions around the world to strengthen their commitment to action and share resources, information and practices to accelerate decarbonization. The Under2 Coalition has now grown to 165 jurisdictions representing more than a billion people and $25.7 trillion in combined GDP – more than one-third of the global economy.

“California leaders are committed to protecting and building upon our global leadership role in the fight against climate change,” Senator de León said. “It would be extremely irresponsible and short-sighted to do otherwise. The world is counting on us more than ever and I look forward to reassuring our partners in other countries.”