California Senate Fails to Pass Net-Zero Bill as Dangerous Climate Impacts Mount

EDF Statement from Katelyn Roedner Sutter, Senior Manager for U.S. Climate

September 10, 2021
Chandler Green, (803) 981-2211,

(Sacramento, CA — Sept 10, 2021) Today, the California Senate failed to pass the Climate Crisis Act (AB 1395), co-authored by Assembly Members Al Muratsuchi and Cristina Garcia. The bill would have codified California’s commitment to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible and by no later than 2045. Additionally, the bill included provisions to ensure that California directly reduces emissions 90% below 1990 levels by 2045.

“The California Senate just missed its last shot this session to prioritize Californians’ health and safety from the mounting dangers of climate change. In spite of increasingly dire evidence on the urgency of the climate crisis and recent deadly climate events across the state, Senators are instead choosing to kick the can down the road.

“Families, communities and businesses need concrete action that ensures California will reach a safer, net-zero emissions future as soon as possible and by no later than 2045. AB 1395 could have accelerated job growth in clean energy and climate innovation, positioning California to lead a global 21st century clean economy. Additionally, this bill contained critical provisions to ensure that solutions meant to reduce emissions do not harm local air quality or public health, especially in communities historically overburdened by pollution.

“Without AB 1395, this net-zero goal remains just a high-level promise. In its absence, California risks falling behind other states, like Washington state, which is raising the bar for climate ambition with strong policy.

“It’s imperative that lawmakers act urgently to slash emissions this decade and lead with a clear long-term vision to achieve net-zero emissions. We thank Assembly Members Al Muratsuchi and Cristina Garcia for leading on this crucial climate legislation.”

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