New Legislation in the State of California

California is on a mission to do what the federal government cannot do for them. After the federal government had withdrawn from the Paris Climate Convention, the state of California announced that they would start fighting the climate change on their own. True to their promise, bills overseeing these changes are in their final stages in the state's legislature. This follows intensive negotiations that have taken weeks. Jerry Brown, who is the governor of the state of California announced that on Monday, all relevant stakeholders had agreed on the way forward. He also said that stakes are high especially due to the emission of greenhouse gases that are leading to disasters such as the fires that are currently being experienced in the State of California and surrounding states such as Oregon and Nevada. The new bill will focus on cleaning the air around California large cities. To achieve this, the state aims at reducing emissions from cars, plants, factories and even trucks.

Gov. Jerry Brown said that there are two aims of this program. To deal with the issue of climate change while at the same time reducing the risks associated with industrial poisons especially to the vulnerable in the society. The state aims at passing two bills to help in this cause. Relevant stakeholders that were consulted in this process include Republican lawmakers, Democrat lawmakers, industrial groups and environmental groups as well. The two bills are Assembly Bill 398 and Assembly Bill 617. The first bill requires two-thirds of the vote while the second bill requires just a simple majority to go through.

Within these two bills, there is an air-quality proposal that focuses on plants and oil refineries. This bill demands the stakeholders in this sector to install cleaner technology equipment and do away with the old equipment. They should also do this before the year 2024. The state of California also aims at reducing pollution through the trade and complex cap program. This act focuses on factories, power plants and refineries. The goal here is to reduce the emission of these factories by forcing them to pay to pollute. They will also be forced to buy permits to carry activities that will see emission of pollutants. There is also another requirement in these two bills. All industries that emit pollutants will be forced to be part of carbon-offsetting projects. For instance, they will be forced to fund projects such as urban forests. On their part, they will receive cheaper permits.

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