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THREE RIVERS, ca. – At the KNP complex site in Sequoia National Park, Governor Gavin Newsom today highlighted the California Comeback Plan’s more than $ 15 billion climate program – the largest such investment in the history of the state – addressing a wide range of climate impacts facing the state.
The governor today signed legislation outlining investments in the package to build resilience to wildfires and forests, support immediate drought response and long-term water resilience, and directly protect communities from the state against multifaceted climate risks, including extreme heat and rising sea levels.
“California is doubling down on national policies to tackle the climate crisis head-on while protecting hardest-hit communities,” Newsom said. “We are deploying a holistic approach to tackling the sobering challenges of extreme weather conditions that threaten our way of life and the Golden State as we know it, including the largest investment in state history.” to build resilience to wildfires, funding to tackle emergency drought while building long-term water resilience, and strategic investments across the spectrum to protect communities from extreme heat, l sea level rise and other climatic risks that put the most vulnerable among us at risk.
When the governor signed the state budget and related legislation in July, he and legislative leaders agreed to further discussions over the summer to further refine measures to advance their shared and funded priorities, including including investments in natural resources. The legislation signed today details some of the largest investments funded under the more than $ 15 billion climate program, which includes:
$ 1.5 billion forest fire and forest resistance package
The $ 1.5 billion package supporting a comprehensive statewide forest and wildfire resilience strategy is the largest such investment in California history. Building on a $ 536 million early action plan in April ahead of peak fire season, an additional $ 988 million in 2021-2022 will fund projects to reduce forest fire risks and improve fire safety. forest and wildland health. This includes investments for strengthening communities in areas vulnerable to fire, strategic breaks and fuel reduction projects, approaches to restore landscapes and create resilient wilderness areas and a framework for expanding the market for wood products. , by supporting sustainable local economies.
This investment helps implement the governor’s action plan on forest fires and forest resilience released in January and builds on previous budget investments for emergency management, including funding for teams and additional firefighting equipment; and executive actions to help fight catastrophic forest fires. Governor Newsom bolstered the ranks of CAL FIRE firefighters in March by authorizing the early hiring of 1,399 additional firefighters and in July supplemented the department’s capabilities with 12 additional planes. Earlier this year, the governor launched an expanded and refocused forest and forest fire resilience working group to deliver on key commitments in his forest fire and forest fire resilience action plan. Last year, the Newsom administration and the US Forest Service announced a shared stewardship agreement under which they strive to treat one million acres of forest and wilderness each year to reduce the risk of catastrophic forest fire.
$ 5.2 billion water and drought resilience package
Climate change is making droughts more frequent and more severe. The California Comeback Plan is investing $ 5.2 billion over three years to support immediate drought response and long-term water resilience, including funding for emergency drought relief projects to secure and expand the water supply; support for drinking water and sanitation infrastructure, with an emphasis on small, disadvantaged communities; Implementation of the law on sustainable management of groundwater to improve the safety and quality of water supply; and projects to support wildlife and habitat restoration efforts, among other nature-based solutions.
$ 3.7 billion climate resilience bundle
Focusing on vulnerable frontline communities, the package includes $ 3.7 billion over three years to build resilience against the state’s multi-faceted climate risks, including extreme heat and rising sea levels. Wed Investments to address the impacts of extreme heat include urban greening projects, grants to support community resilience centers and projects that reduce the urban heat island effect, and funding to do so. advance the extreme heat framework as part of the state’s climate adaptation strategy. The package also supports coastal protection and adaptation measures, efforts to protect and conserve California’s diverse ecosystems, and community investments to build resilience, such as grants to support initiatives focused on environmental justice and the funding from the California Climate Action Corps, which supports climate action projects in disadvantaged communities.
$ 1.1 billion to support climate-smart agriculture
Amid the climate challenges of drought and extreme heat, California is committing $ 1.1 billion over two years to support sustainable farming practices and create a resilient and equitable food system. These efforts include investments to promote sound soil management, support for methane reduction efforts in livestock, funding for replacement of agricultural equipment to reduce emissions, and technical assistance and incentives for developing plans. conservation management of agricultural holdings. The package also supports programs to expand access to healthy food for older people and in schools, other public institutions and non-profit organizations.
$ 3.9 billion zero emission vehicle package
California Comeback Plan Supports California’s Leading Climate Agenda with $ 3.9 Billion Investment to Quickly Meet State’s Zero Emission Vehicle Goals and Lead the Transition to ZEVs at Scale global. The package includes funding to put 1,000 zero-emission dump trucks, 1,000 zero-emission school buses and 1,000 transit buses, along with the necessary infrastructure, on California roads, prioritizing projects that benefit disadvantaged communities. Helping to drive consumer adoption, the program funds consumer rebates for new ZEV purchases and incentives for low-income Californians to replace their old car with a new or used high-tech car.
The package also includes $ 270 million to support a circular economy that promotes sustainability and helps reduce short-lived climate pollutants from the waste sector, and $ 150 million that will support riparian urban parks, with a focus on underserved communities.
More information on the more than $ 15 billion climate program can be found in the finance ministry’s addendum to its adopted budget summary. Click here for the budget addendum.
Newsom also today signed a series of new climate measures to protect communities and advance the state’s climate and clean energy efforts.
Legislation to build resilience to drought and forest fires includes SB 552 from Senator Robert Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) to ensure that small rural water providers develop contingency plans for drought and water scarcity and implement drought resilience measures to prevent and prepare for future water scarcity; SB 403 by Senator Lena Gonzalez (D-Long Beach) to allow the State Water Resources Control Board to order the consolidation of a water supply system or a household well at risk in a disadvantaged community; SB 109 by Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa) to establish the Office of Forest Fire Technology Research and Development at CAL FIRE to assess emerging firefighting technology; and AB 697 by Assembly Member Ed Chau (D-Arcadia), which enables the state to plan, manage and implement forest restoration projects on national forest lands through an expanded program of authority good neighborly.
Legislation signed today also includes SB 1 by pro Tempore Senate Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego), which establishes the California Sea Level Rise Mitigation and Adaptation Act to help coordinate and fund efforts to the state to prepare for sea level rise; AB 525 by Assembly Member David Chiu (D-San Francisco), who calls on state agencies to develop a strategic plan for offshore wind resources in California following the state’s landmark agreement earlier this year with federal partners; SB 47 by Senator Monique Limόn (D-Santa Barbara), which increases the amount of money the state can raise each year to plug abandoned wells, using funds from royalties on the oil and gas industry; and AB 39 by Assembly Member Ed Chau (D-Arcadia), which enables the University of California to establish the California-China Climate Institute to advance joint policy research and foster high-level dialogue to ” accelerate climate action.