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PSR-LA Applauds CA Senate Passage of Key Climate Bills

California State Senate Passes Key Climate Legislation

June 3, 2015
Contact: Shazia Manji, 213-689-9170, smanji@psr-la.org

(LOS ANGELES) Today the California State Senate passed key climate legislation – Senate Bills 350 and 32 – designed to protect California communities from the health impacts associated with climate change and the burning of fossil fuels.

Senate Bill 350 (authored by Senate Pro Tem Kevin de León), which calls for a 50% reduction in petroleum use in vehicles, an increase in the state’s renewable energy standard to 50%, and a 50% increase in building energy efficiency by 2030, was supported by a variety of environmental, health, and justice organizations including PSR-LA. Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles applauds the California Senate for passing a bill that provides a dual path for greenhouse gas emissions reductions and for new economic development through the growth of renewable energy in California.

PSR-LA remains committed to working with the legislature to ensure that we reduce climate emissions and take meaningful action to improve the health of both individuals and communities affected by the air pollution associated with the burning of fossil fuels. We look forward to working with the legislature to ensure that Senate Bill 32 – which would extend California’s climate change programs beyond 2020 – will focus on ensuring real, measurable emissions reductions that will bring us air pollution, climate, and health relief.

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Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles is a physician and health advocate membership organization working to protect public health from environmental toxins and nuclear threats. We bring the voices of health experts to the forefront of critical policy discussions, and work alongside health professionals, advocates, and policymakers to create solutions that improve the health and environment for all Californians. Connect with us on Twitter and Facebook.