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Friday, 24 September 2021 20:45

CA Gov. Signs Climate Action Bills, Outlines Historic $15 Billion Package to Tackle Climate Crisis

Gov. Gavin Newsom highlights the more than $15 billion climate package in Sequoia National Park. Gov. Gavin Newsom highlights the more than $15 billion climate package in Sequoia National Park.

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At the site of the KNP Complex in Sequoia National Park, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sept. 23 highlighted the California Comeback Plan’s more than $15 billion climate package---the largest such investment in state history---tackling a wide array of climate impacts facing the state.

The governor on the same day signed legislation outlining investments in the package to build wildfire and forest resilience, support immediate drought response and long-term water resilience and directly protect communities across the state from multi-faceted climate risks, including extreme heat and sea level rise.

 

“California is doubling down on our nation-leading policies to confront the climate crisis head-on while protecting the hardest-hit communities,” said Newsom. “We’re deploying a comprehensive approach to meet the sobering challenges of the extreme weather patterns that imperil our way of life and the Golden State as we know it, including the largest investment in state history to bolster wildfire resilience, funding to tackle the drought emergency while building long-term water resilience, and strategic investments across the spectrum to protect communities from extreme heat, sea level rise and other climate risks that endanger the most vulnerable among us.”

 

When the governor signed the state budget and related legislation in July, he and legislative leaders agreed to additional discussions during the summer to further refine steps to advance their shared and funded priorities, including natural resources investments.

 

The legislation signed Sept. 23 details some of the most important investments funded in the more than $15 billion climate package, which includes a $3.9 billion investment to hit fast forward on the state’s zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) goals and lead the transition to ZEVs on a global scale.

 

The package includes funding to put 1,000 zero-emission drayage trucks, 1,000 zero-emission school buses and...


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