Use greenhouse gas funds to reduce emissions

Published: Friday, May. 2, 2014 - 4:05 pm
Last Modified: Saturday, May. 3, 2014 - 8:09 am

Re "Central Valley's dire dirty air distinction" (Editorials, May 1): Kudos to the Bee for calling attention to the shamefully dirty air plaguing the Central Valley. Fortunately, a 2012 law, SB 535, authored by Sen. Kevin de Leon and sponsored by Coalition for Clean Air, requires the state to spend at least 10% of its Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund in the communities most burdened by pollution and poverty, and to spend at least 25 percent of the funds to benefit those communities.

The governor and Legislature in their budget discussions should make sure they exceed those minimum requirements. They should target funding to reduce emissions, deliver services and create jobs with clean energy, public transit and urban greening in places like West Fresno and South Sacramento. Such investments will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the same time as they make disadvantaged communities more livable.

-- Bill Magavern, Sacramento

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