Steinberg announces Major Proposal to Strengthen CA Climate Policy

February 20, 2014

Senate leader’s plan would incentivize reduced fuel consumption while helping poor and middle income families

(Sacramento) – California Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg today announced legislation to strengthen California’s climate policies through 2050 while addressing the inseparable connection between climate change and social inequality.

In his address to the Sacramento Press Club, Senate leader Steinberg (D – Sacramento) announced his proposal to:

  1. Set aggressive targets in statute, beyond 2020, to break our fossil fuel addiction and reinforce the climate goals of AB32 through 2030 and 2050.
  2. Continue Cap and Trade for polluting industrial plants but replace Cap and Trade’s current 2015 expansion into the transportation fuel economy with a broader, more stable and more flexible Carbon Tax of a similar amount on these same fuels
  3. Return two-thirds of the Carbon Tax revenues to poor and middle-income Californians through a state Earned Income Tax Credit for families making less than $75,000 per year
  4. Inject the remaining Carbon Tax revenues into a multi-billion dollar 21st Century development of California’s mass transit infrastructure to reduce traffic and pollution from cars using fossil fuels

A full text of the address by Senator Steinberg can be found below.

Contact information for those who can discuss their perspective on Senator Steinberg’s proposal:

Clean Power Campaign
John White at – (916) 804-1924

California Budget Project
Chris Hoene at – (916) 444-0500

Western Center on Law and Poverty
Michael Herald at – (916) 844-6263

County Welfare Directors’ Association of California
Frank Mecca, via Sarah Jiminez at