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Governor Newsom Enjoys Environmental Victories on Last Day of Session – Also Wins on Diablo

Published On: September 1, 2022

On the final day of the legislative session, Governor Gavin Newsom scored major victories on some of his “5 point climate plan,” including the “lithium valley,” and Diablo.  As for what kind of “horse trading” or favors were afforded for the votes – those will eventually be revealed. 

Final Outcomes

  • Codifying the state’s goal to be carbon neutral by 2045 into law. AB 1395 — FAILED
  • Ramp up the 2030 greenhouse gas emissions reduction target from 40 percent to 55 percent below the 1990 level. AB 2133 — FAILED
  • Establish setbacks of 3,200 feet between new oil wells and schools, homes and parks. SB 1137 — APPROVED
  • Set clean electricity targets of 90 percent by 2035 and 95 percent by 2040 to keep the state on track to the previously established goal of total clean electricity retail sales by 2045. SB 1020 — APPROVED
  • Establishing a regulatory framework for carbon removal and capture, utilization and sequestration. SB 905 and AB 1279 — APPROVED
  • Diablo Canyon re-licensing. SB 846 — APPROVED
  • Budget trailer bill, which has millions for climate change, including funding for storage and the Lithium Valley. SB 126 — APPROVED

While Newsom will have until the end of September to act, all the approved bills will be signed.


About the Author: Jesus Arredondo

Jesus Arredondo is an Energy Industry Analyst and former State of California official. He can be reached at jesus at govreport.org
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