A decade ago, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed major legislation to reduce California’s greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.
Some oil companies and manufacturers predicted that Assembly Bill 32, known as the California Global Warming Solutions Act, would undermine the California economy, send companies running to other states and cost millions of jobs. Proponents and environmentalists hailed it as a game-changer, making California a leader in the war on global warming. In 2010, voters rejected an initiative to suspend the law.
So, what has actually happened over the past 10 years? That question will be up for debate tonight in San Francisco, where the Commonwealth Club is pitting the author of the bill against the leader of an influential oil-industry association.
Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, co-authored the bill and has remained an environmental advocate throughout her 14 years in the Legislature. She marked the 10-year anniversary of AB 32 with the passage of Senate Bill 32, which reduces gas emissions to 40 percent below the 1990 level by 2030. Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill into law earlier this month.
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Her challenger, Catherine Reheis-Boyd, is the president of Western States Petroleum Association. The oil association is among the most powerful lobbyist employers in California, spending millions each year to block climate change legislation or other environmental policies that may harm oil interests.
Pavley and Reheis-Boyd square off at 6:30 p.m. at 555 Post Street.
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