Climate Change & Environmental Protection
Assemblymember Bloom presiding over a Budget Subcommittee #3 hearing
Shortly after his election, Assemblymember Richard Bloom was appointed to the Chair of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Resources and Transportation where he quickly established himself as a leader on one of the biggest issues facing this generation - climate change. As Chair, Assemblymember Bloom has pushed for increasing renewable energy development, reducing our reliance on fossil fuels, and promoting smart and sustainable planning that expands affordable housing and reduces traffic congestion and commute times. Through his leadership, Assemblymember Bloom has made reducing our carbon footprint and enhancing the quality of life now and for future generations a core mission of the committee.
As a steward of the environment, Assemblymember Bloom also helped establish the most stringent protections in the country against the dangers of hydraulic fracking and pushed for improved rail safety and oil spill response preparedness in light of the exponential growth of oil imports by rail. Assemblymember Bloom also introduced the strongest protections in the country against the use of rodenticides which are harming wildlife at alarming levels and against the use of plastic microbeads in personal care products that are contaminating our rivers, streams, and oceans.
For two years, Assemblymember Bloom has also served as part of a small delegation of California lawmakers representing California at the United Nations Climate Change Conference.
California Makes Climate Change History
(Sacramento) – Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) and a bipartisan majority legislators have approved landmark climate change measures, Assembly Bill 398 and Assembly Bill 617. AB 398 and 617 will balance our economic, health and environmental concerns as California works to reach its 2030 climate targets and improve the lives of all residents. “While a number of allowances will still be available under the new system, this bill reduces emission permits post 2020 while at the same time reducing overall offsets and requiring more of those offsets to provide environmental benefits right here in California,” Assemblymember Bloom said. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
Landmark Climate Change Legislation Passed by Legislature
(Sacramento) – During the State Assembly’s climate change legislation debate, Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) stood in strong support of Assembly Bill 617, one part of the historic climate change legislative package approved by the State Legislature. Assembly Bills 617 and 398 and ACA1 will balance our economic, health and environmental concerns as California works to reach its 2030 climate targets and improve the lives of all residents. “AB 617 empowers our air districts by expediting retrofit requirements for large industrial emitters that are more often than not are located in many of our low income and disadvantaged communities,” Assemblymember Bloom noted. Here’s more in this Assembly Access video.
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Repairs Should Not Be Limited to Oroville Dam
As California works to make its infrastructure more climate-ready, it also needs to focus on restoration of vital watersheds, says California Assembly member Richard Bloom