Assemblymember Bloom to Attend United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany

Thursday, November 9, 2017

SACRAMENTO – For the second time in the last three years, Assemblymember Richard Bloom has been selected to join a small delegation of California lawmakers joining Governor Jerry Brown at the United Nations Climate Change Conference, Bonn Germany (COP23).  The California delegation will serve as a critical voice at this annual international conference that sets a course for participating countries to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, now that the President Donald Trump has pulled the U.S. government out of the agreements committed to at the 2015 conference.


“Without question, the unconscionable act by the White House to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement elevates California’s role on the international stage to ensure that the global effort to combat climate change continues to gain momentum,” said Bloom.  “The world is watching us and it is our responsibility to ensure that we partner with all participants..”


California has long been considered an international leader in the fight against climate change starting with the passage of AB 32, the state’s landmark Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006.  That bill established California’s first goal of limiting statewide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 and led to the creation of California’s signature Cap and Trade program, a market based mechanism to reduce carbon.  Last year, the greenhouse gas reduction goals where increased to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030 with the passage of SB 32. 


Earlier this year, the Legislature passed AB 398, which extended the Cap and Trade program through 2030, and AB 617, which set in motion a number of initiatives to reduce criteria pollutant and toxic air contaminants not covered under the original Cap and Trade program.  Following these actions, the Legislature passed a historic $1.5 billion Cap and Trade expenditure plan to fund a variety of world leading technologies and infrastructure initiatives critical to achieving California’s robust Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions reduction goals.


While attending the conference, the delegation will be participating and speaking in a number of workshops covering topics such as water conservation, ocean health, zero-emission and low-carbon transportation, urban planning, and renewable energy.  Meetings are also scheduled with high-ranking officials from other participating countries.


Assemblymember Christina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens), Chair of the Assembly Committee on Natural Resources, Assemblymember Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) and Assemblymember Eloise Reyes (D-Colton), Senate Pro Tem Kevin De León (D-Los Angeles) and Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) will also be attending the conference.


Assemblymember Bloom is considered one of the leaders in the California Legislature in the fight against climate change and was also joined Governor Brown as a participant at the United Nations Climate Conference in Paris in 2015 (COP 21).  He is the Chair of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Resources and Transportation which provides oversight of California’s Cap and Trade System and climate goals and has held that post for the last five years.


Richard Bloom represents California’s 50th Assembly District, which comprises the communities of Agoura Hills, Bel Air, Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Hollywood, Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, Topanga, West Hollywood, and West Los Angeles.