Assemblymember Quirk Demonstrates Commitment to Fight the Climate Crisis
Tuesday, December 8, 2020
On the first day of the 2021-2022 Legislative Session, Quirk introduces two key bills
SACRAMENTO – On the first day of the 2021-2022 Legislative Session, Assemblymember Quirk introduced two key bills focused on the climate crisis. “Fifty years ago, when I first began to study global warming, there was no way to predict how fast and how severe the impacts would be. I want to do my part to help California continue to be a leader for the rest of the country and the world on what we can do to slow the devastating impacts of global warming and how to best respond to the inevitable,” explained Assemblymember Quirk.
AB 51 will foster regional-scale climate adaptation planning and support the implementation of regional planning efforts across California. This bill would require the Strategic Growth Council to establish guidelines for the formation of regional climate adaptation planning groups. State agencies would support the planning groups in developing regional climate adaptation plans in which planning groups would set forth their own regional priorities.
“Local governments and communities are on the front lines making land use policies and decisions to prepare and respond to climate impacts. However, the effects of the climate crisis will not respect city or county boundaries. While some regional collaborative efforts have begun, these initiatives are still in their infancy and uneven across the state. AB 51 will encourage the establishment of regional climate adaptation planning groups across California. This bill will support and expand upon ongoing local efforts with the goal of ensuring regional planning for climate adaptation statewide,” said Assemblymember Quirk.
AB 64 directs the Public Utilities Commission, the Energy Commission and the Air Resources Board to develop a plan for the role energy storage and other technologies will play in ensuring the reliability of our energy production in meeting our 2045 100% renewable energy directive. This bill also requires that these agencies promote these technologies. “We need to focus on how we will assure our energy reliability when we don’t have enough renewable energy production to meet our demands,” declared Assemblymember Quirk. “We need to focus on assuring reliable sources of energy year-round. We have a major focus on solar, which will be less abundant during the winter season. Batteries can store energy for hours. Pumped hydro will store energy for days. We need to have alternatives that can either store energy for weeks or reliably produce energy when solar cannot. AB 64 will force these energy agencies to pay serious attention to other viable sources and storage and promote them.”
AB 51 and AB 64 aim to reduce the impact of the climate crisis on California residents. Both bills will begin the legislative process early next year.