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California’s Green New Deal Is Dead. Authors Say Equity And Climate Change Must Be The Focus In Bills That Advance.

Ezra David Romero / Capital Public Radio Fourteen lawmakers introduced the California Green New Deal Act Jan. 6, 2020 at the state capital. The bill aims to accelerate environmental goals while improving the lives of everyday Californians. The author of California’s “Green New Deal” legislation, which aimed to tackle climate change with a focus on environmental, health and economic justice for low-income, immigrant and communities of color, says the COVID-19 crisis was likely the final blow for the bill this year.

“I can’t tell you it was going to be the law this year, but certainly COVID made it much more difficult,” said its lead author, Oakland Democratic Assembly member Rob Bonta .

With the legislature focusing on fewer bills because of a greatly reduced state budget, Assembly Bill 1839 didn’t get a hearing. Bonta says that meant the bill won’t continue on this year, but the ideas baked into it could remain.

“The California Green New Deal is alive and well … I thought it was important for us to move a bill and to show that it can happen,” Bonta said. “If it can happen in the fifth-largest economy in the world, it can happen anywhere.”

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