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Former California legislative leaders back contested climate legislation

Former Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez is one of nine recent legislative leaders to endorse the contested climate change bills SB 350 and SB 32.
Former Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez is one of nine recent legislative leaders to endorse the contested climate change bills SB 350 and SB 32. The Sacramento Bee file

Facing a mounting opposition campaign from industry groups, supporters of two tough legislative proposals to combat climate change are calling on former Senate and Assembly leaders to help push the bills over the finish line.

On Monday, state Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León will unveil endorsements for Senate Bill 350 and Senate Bill 32 from nine of California’s most recent legislative leaders, including former Assembly Speakers John A. Pérez, Karen Bass, Fabian Núñez, Herb Wesson, Bob Hertzberg and Antonio Villaraigosa, and former Presidents Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, John Burton and David Roberti.

“California has demonstrated time and again that when we set our collective sights, no goal is too ambitious,” Pérez said in a statement. “SB 350 and SB 32 will put California’s creativity and ingenuity to work for the sake of our children and future generations.”

SB 350, authored by de León, would require the state to generate 50 percent of electricity from renewable sources, halve the amount of petroleum used by vehicles, and double the energy efficiency of existing buildings by 2030. SB 32, from Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, would extend California’s greenhouse gas emissions limit to 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.

Oil and energy companies object to the bills as job killers that would harm their businesses and drive up prices for consumers. They have focused a recent advertising blitz in the districts of moderate Assembly Democrats who could hold up the legislation, which passed the Senate in June.

Alexei Koseff: 916-321-5236, @akoseff

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