Bill to Address Climate Change Challenges in Building Infrastructure is Signed into Law

Monday, September 26, 2016

SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bill (AB) 2800, a bill that will require the creation of a climate-safe infrastructure working group to help address the significant lag between predicted impacts of climate change on our state’s infrastructure and the efforts to mitigate those impacts through resilient infrastructure, was signed into law by Governor Brown.

“Sound and reliable infrastructure is critically important to public safety, quality of life, and California’s economy.  While California is actively engaged in developing the most up-to-date climate change science, this information is not significantly impacting infrastructure engineering and design decisions.  The state continues to build infrastructure projects that are designed and built with historic climate patterns in mind, even though the best available science predicts future patterns will be different, ” stated Assemblymember Quirk.

“Infrastructure is costly to build, and therefore we need it to last,” said Jason Barbose of the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), the bill’s sponsor. “This law is a common-sense step to preparing state engineers to design our state’s infrastructure so that it can be safe and resilient in the face of a changing climate. UCS thanks Governor Brown and Assembly Member Quirk for helping to bridge the disconnect between climate science and engineering design.”

“This bill continues to build on state efforts to address the grand challenge of climate change adaptation.  I am proud that Governor Brown has committed to making sure engineers and climate scientists are working together to ensure our state infrastructure are resilient enough to withstand the impacts of climate change.  This effort will save lives, property, and investments,” Assemblymember Quirk stated upon learning his bill was signed into law.

Elected in 2012, Bill Quirk brings his PhD in astrophysics and career as an educator and scientist to the State Assembly.  He is the Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on California’s Clean Energy Economy, and a member of the Assembly Committees on Agriculture, Appropriations, Public Safety, Revenue & Taxation, Rules, and Utilities & Commerce.

Website of Assemblymember Quirk: http://www.asmdc.org/quirk