What’s Next for California Climate Policy post-2020

Thursday, September 5, 2013

‘AB 32 Implementation Group’ hosts panel discussion at State Capitol

SACRAMENTO – A standing-room only crowd attended this morning’s policy forum aimed at providing a framework for determining California climate change policies beyond year 2020.  Assemblymember Quirk was invited as a panelist among experts in the field recognizing his current policy efforts and his career in the science of climate change and energy prior to becoming a legislator. 

Moderated by Shelly Sullivan of the ‘AB 32 Implementation Group’, Asm. Quirk was joined on the panel by Tiffany Roberts with the Legislative Analyst’s Office, Alex Jackson with the Natural Resources Defense Council, and Dorothy Rothrock with the California Manufacturers & Technology Association. 

“It is the role of the Legislature to listen to stakeholders on all sides of this issue, and get information from experts in setting the goals for greenhouse gas reductions,” said Quirk. “As legislators, we must hold the regulatory agencies accountable, by asking the right questions and be certain we are getting the right answers.”    

Quirk continued, “California cannot solve the climate change problem alone. We need to show that California can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and have a sound economy. It is our leadership in showing the rest of the country and the world how to succeed for the environment and the economy that is critical for California’s program.”

The first bill Assemblymember Quirk introduced as a legislator was AB 284.  The measure calls for a comprehensive review of California’s energy plan and seeks to establish the ‘Path to 2050’ for greenhouse gas reduction.

Elected in 2012, Bill Quirk brings his PhD in astrophysics and career as an educator and scientist to the State Assembly.  He is a member of the powerful Assembly Rules Committee and has been appointed to the Committees on Agriculture, Appropriations, Public Safety, and Utilities & Commerce.