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Assemblywoman Luz Rivas. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for California Globe)

CA’s New Climate Change Legislation Claiming ‘Extreme Heat’ Is False

Bill appears to be a giant work project to convert the state’s infrastructure to reflective surfaces

By Katy Grimes, February 13, 2021 10:35 am

Climate change is back on the docket as the California Legislature gets underway in 2021. But buyer beware: one proposed bill would mandate California students are taught about climate change as early as first grade and would make the subject a high school graduation requirement.

A second bill, by the same lawmaker, would establish the Extreme Heat and Community Resilience Program to facilitate the implementation of regional and state climate change planning into effective projects.

Assembly Bill 585 by Assemblywoman Luz Rivas (D-North Hollywood), would establish the new program “to coordinate the state’s efforts to address extreme heat and to facilitate the implementation of regional and state climate change planning into effective projects through the awarding of competitive grants to eligible entities for implementation of those projects,” according to the language in the bill.

As California Globe contributor Chris Micheli explained in an op ed Friday, “The goal of AB 585 is to mitigate the impacts of extreme heat through the use of reflective surface materials in the built environment and other activities. Eligible projects are specified.”

“’Eligible entities’ include nonprofit organizations or coalitions of nonprofit organizations, community-based organizations, community development corporations or financial institutions, local and regional public agencies, joint powers authorities, and tribal governments, that demonstrate multi-stakeholder partnership in the development and implementation of a project,” the bill language states.

When looking at the long list of eligible projects (below), it’s not a stretch to assume this bill is endorsed by labor unions, as it appears to be a giant work project to convert the state’s infrastructure and all buildings to reflective surfaces.

One of the goals of the Green New Deal is to gut, rebuild and “retrofit every building in America” with state of the art energy efficiency, and calls for addressing “extreme heat” through cooling surface replacement.

In 2020, President Donald Trump stopped in Sacramento, CA to meet with Gov. Gavin Newsom and state officials to discuss the 2020 wildfires. The Governor and Natural Resources Secretary Wade Crowfoot told the president he should acknowledge the role of climate change in the worsening of the wildfires, and claimed that August in California had record high temperatures. But that just is not true according to scientists and meteorologists.

Anthony Watts, a Northern California meteorologist forwarded this graph to the California Globe:

Graph of High temperatures during fire season (March-October)for Chico back to 1900. (Photo: Anthony Watts)

“This is a graph of High temperatures during fire season (March-October) for Chico going back to 1900,” Watts said. “Note that temperatures were significantly higher in the past than today, completely negating the ‘climate change’ claims for the campfire event. The data is from the Western Regional Climate Center. I also checked other weather data near major fires and they show the same thing….warmer in the past.”

Eligible projects include, but are not limited to, any of the following:

(1) Cool roofs to increase solar reflectance and reduce structural temperatures.

(2) Cool pavements on roadways and other active transportation surfaces and school playgrounds to increase solar reflectance, reduce heat transmitted, and improve water permeability.

(3) Cool building surfaces.

(4) Other cool surface materials that increase shade, increase solar reflectance, or otherwise reduce heat island impacts.

(5) Building design, including heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, that reduce heat.

(b) Reduce the public health risks of extreme heat and related climate change impacts and enhance the resilience of affected populations by establishing community resilience centers and supporting community resilience planning efforts and other activities consistent with the purposes of the program. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to, any of the following:

(1) The construction of new facilities or the retrofit of existing facilities that will serve as community resilience centers, including hydration stations, cooling centers, clean air centers, respite centers, community evacuation and emergency response centers, and similar facilities to mitigate the public health impacts of extreme heat and related climate change impacts on local populations.

(2) (A) Local planning activities to adapt community infrastructure, the built environment and natural systems to the impacts of climate change, including heat action plans to prepare for and respond to extreme heat events.

(B) The updating of local plans, including general plans, local coastal programs, local hazard mitigation plans, heat action plans, and other local plans to improve community resilience to the impacts of climate change.

(C) Public education campaigns and other measures to increase awareness of the public health risks of extreme heat, the services available to reduce those risks, and further opportunities to reduce those risks.

Education Mandate

Assembly Bill 1922, introduced by Assemblywoman Luz Rivas (D-North Hollywood) in 2020, would mandate that students learn “the causes and effects” of climate change starting in 2025.

California students are required to learn English, Math, Social Sciences (anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, psychology, and sociology), Visual Arts, PE, Health, and Science (biology, ecology).

AB 1922, which would amend the California Education Code, would mandate the inclusion of climate change under the Science requirement, as the bill language shows:

Science, including the biological and physical aspects, with emphasis on the processes of experimental inquiry and inquiry, on the place of humans in ecological systems. systems, and the causes and effects of climate change. Appropriate coursework including material on the causes and effects of climate change shall be offered to pupils as soon as possible, commencing no later than the 2021–22 school year.

Two courses in science, including biological and physical sciences. Commencing with the class graduating in the 2025–26 school year, at least one of these courses shall include material on the causes and effects of climate change.

Assemblywoman Luz Rivas (D-Arleta) says under AB 1922, “climate change education will be a coursework requirement for students in grades 1 through 6, and a graduation requirement for students in grades 7 through 12, starting 2025.”

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10 thoughts on “CA’s New Climate Change Legislation Claiming ‘Extreme Heat’ Is False

  1. AB1922= certification of New Green Deal Brainwashing!
    This is all completely nuts!
    Thank you Katy for the details, it is worse than I had originally surmised.

    1. YES, Cali Girl, more brainwashing. And oh! —- labor unions benefit big time, let’s not forget that.
      (Thanks for that, Katy, have been lacking time and patience and sanity lately to ferret out what is at the bottom of these ridiculous efforts.)
      Have these phony Dem legislators not figured out yet that with so many urgent, top-of-list problems in the state that Californians are becoming increasingly annoyed with their laughable trivia? Guess they think they don’t have to care anymore, having stacked the deck in their favor. But there could be a hairpin turn ahead on their heat-reflecting road and they might want to consider doing the right thing for a change… or at least represent their constituencies. Looks like they are not bothering much with them either.

  2. Climate change, climate crisis, global warming, global cooling (remember that one?) or whatever term they are calling the hoax this week, is the biggest fairy tale since Grimm. Get your kids out of public schools so they don’t get brainwashed. Thank you Katy for this article and especially the graph of temperatures. Share this article with family, friends, and neighbors folks.

    1. I can remember as a kid sitting at the dinner table and listening to my parents discuss moving from MA to FL because “scientists” have proclaimed that MA would not longer be habitable. Some of these same “scientists” (grant seekers) are now claiming that the climate is warming while ignoring the pesky actual data.

  3. Yet they say they are not into micro managing and what are they fixing again? and so far their efforts have had how much impact? We are a perfect example of what NOT to follow.

  4. Let’s see, our planet is 4.543 billion years old, but there are too few data before 1880 for scientists to estimate average temperatures for the entire planet. Nevertheless, corrupt individuals and organizations have no problem concluding with authority that we’re burning to a crisp. H.L. Mencken had this to say about this kind of behavior:

    “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary.”

  5. These politicians are a joke, guess they do not give a rats ass about the fact that kids are not in school and failing, homeless crapping and doing hard drugs on the streets (especially in North Hollywood), businesses dying, etc. But no, let’s keep harping on climate change.

  6. These buffoons on the left only use climate change, aka global warming, to make themselves richer at taxpayer expense, and to kiss the ring of their union bosses. Our children are in camps being culturally re-educated, Mao style, and we just sit and nod our heads like good sheep.

  7. Post fossil fuel is really the same thing as post petrodollar. The entire carbon-cycle climate thing can be dated to the Iranian revolution when the JASON scientists (JSR 87-07) proposed it: https://fas.org/irp/agency/dod/jason/co2.pdf

    The “Climate Change” narrative very much looks like an intelligence agency psyop to me with all sorts of parallelisms with the “AIDS” narrative. Judith Curry is the Peter Duesberg of Climate. James Corbett did a great film about how intelligence agencies fabricated and pushed the climate narrative.

    As a means to coerce the development of alternative fuels, I’m all for it – I think the advances in battery technology and some of the other energy technologies are amazing and need to be supported. But “climate fear” has lots of blowback. That’s what this bill is: the product of a good-intended believer in propaganda.

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