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AB-1276 Green New Deal.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 02/22/2019 04:00 AM


Assembly Bill
No. 1276

Introduced by Assembly Member Bonta

February 21, 2019

An act relating to a Green New Deal.


AB 1276, as introduced, Bonta. Green New Deal.
Existing law establishes various environmental and economic policies.
This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to develop and implement a Green New Deal with the objective of reaching specified environmental outcomes within the target window of 10 years from the start of execution of the plan and accomplishing certain social goals.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


 (a) It is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to develop and implement a Green New Deal with the objective of reaching all of the following environmental outcomes within the target window of 10 years from the start of execution of the plan:
(1) Dramatically expand existing eligible renewable energy resources and deploy new production capacity with the goal of meeting 100 percent of national electrical demand through renewable and carbon free sources.
(2) Building a national, energy-efficient, “smart” grid.
(3) Upgrading every residential and industrial building for state-of-the-art energy efficiency, comfort, and safety.
(4) Eliminating emissions of greenhouse gases from the manufacturing, agricultural, and other industries, including by investing in local-scale agriculture in communities across the country.
(5) Eliminating emissions of greenhouse gases from, and repairing and improving, transportation and other infrastructure, and upgrading water infrastructure to ensure universal access to clean water.
(6) Funding massive investment in the drawdown of greenhouse gases.
(7) Making “green” technology, industry, expertise, products, and services a major export of the United States, with the aim of becoming the undisputed international leader in helping other countries transition to completely greenhouse gas neutral economies and bringing about a global Green New Deal.
(b) The Legislature finds and declares that a national, industrial, economic mobilization of the scope and scale necessary to implement a Green New Deal is a historic opportunity to virtually eliminate poverty in California and to make prosperity, wealth, and economic security available to everyone participating in that transformation. It is the further intent of the Legislature that the future legislation implementing a Green New Deal accomplish the following social goals:
(1) Provide all members of our society, across all regions and communities, the opportunity, training, and education to be full and equal participants in the transition, including through a job guarantee program to ensure a living wage job to every person who wants one.
(2) Diversify local and regional economies, with a particular focus on communities where the fossil fuel industry holds significant control over the labor market, to ensure workers have the necessary tools, opportunities, and economic assistance to succeed during the energy transition.
(3) Require strong enforcement of labor, workplace safety, and wage standards that recognize the rights of workers to organize and unionize free of coercion, intimidation, and harassment, and creation of meaningful, quality, career employment.
(4) Ensure a just transition for all workers, low-income communities, communities of color, indigenous communities, rural and urban communities, and the front-line communities most affected by climate change, pollution, and other environmental harm, including by ensuring that local implementation of the transition is led from the community level, and by prioritizing solutions that end the harms faced by front-line communities from climate change and environmental pollution.
(5) Protect and enforce sovereign rights and land rights of tribal nations.
(6) Mitigate deeply entrenched racial, regional, and gender-based inequalities in income and wealth, including, without limitation, ensuring that federal and other investment will be equitably distributed to historically impoverished, low-income, deindustrialized, or other marginalized communities in such a way that builds wealth and ownership at the community level.
(7) Include additional measures, such as basic income programs, universal health care programs, and any others as the Legislature may deem appropriate to promote economic security, labor market flexibility, and entrepreneurism.
(8) Deeply involve national and local labor unions to take a leadership role in the process of job training and worker deployment.