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Governor Gavin Newsom at the California and New Zealand Partner to Advance Global Climate Leadership press conference, San Francisco, CA, May 27, 2022. (Photo: Sheila Fitzgerald/Shutterstock)

Will Gov. Newsom’s ‘Sweeping’ Climate Change Legislation Save the Planet?

Pretty much everything we use in modern society needs to be upended, overhauled, and restricted

By Katy Grimes, September 19, 2022 1:45 pm

This article has been updated with a correction below.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a “sweeping set of laws” Friday that aim to dramatically cut the state’s use of oil and gas, many in the California media reported. That “sweeping set of laws” is 40 new climate change bills regulating California businesses and its people.

Gov. Newsom even launched a new climate dashboard “launched to highlight state’s climate action and progress toward goals.” We hope it is more accurate and up-to-date than the state’s Covid dashboard.

“We’re not interested in doubling down on stupid,” Gov. Newsom said at the signing ceremony on Mare Island, with oil refineries in the background. “We’re not interested in investing in the industries that have created the problems that we’re trying to mitigate. That’s just profoundly ridiculous.” He added, “We’re moving in a completely new direction and I couldn’t be more proud and excited,” CalMatters reported.

Leading off the sweeping package of legislation is the ominous bill, The California Climate Crisis Act, AB 1279. Apparently California has a climate crisis.

According to the bill analysis (below), “this bill declares it the policy of the state to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as soon as possible, but no later than 2045, to achieve that goal with at least an 85% reduction in GHG emissions, and to achieve and maintain net negative GHG emissions thereafter.”

That same analysis claims, “California is particularly susceptible to the harmful effects of climate change, including an increase in extreme heat events, drought, wildfire, sea level rise, and more.” The Governor is blaming wildfires on “climate change,” and not where the blame belongs – on state and federal government for not maintaining proper forest management.

The bill analysis then cites a 33-year old report from August 1989 from the Senate Office of Research titled “The Greenhouse Effect and Global Climate Change: Doing Something About the Weather,” which claims, “Although a global problem, California bears significant responsibility for the increasing greenhouse effect.”

“As a responsible member of the world community, California must explore ways to reduce its contribution to the global climate change problem,” the bill analysis states. “While some of those numbers vary slightly today, the message still rings as true as it did then, 33 years ago.”

You can’t make this drivel up.

What is so “sweeping” about this set of laws, and what are the goals? Will these bills save the planet from Climate Change? Will California lead the way?

Interestingly, as the Globe has been pointing out for many years, California already surpassed its original greenhouse gas emissions reductions target of 1990 levels of  by 2020 – this was achieved in 2016 – even the Governor’s Climate Dashboard website admits this:

“The 2006 California Global Warming Solutions Act (Assembly Bill 32) set a target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions back to 1990 levels by 2020. California surpassed this target four years early in 2016, and emissions have continued to drop since then. California’s next climate target is to reduce emissions by 40% below 1990 levels by 2030. The Scoping Plan lays out how California will achieve this target.”

This is why California Democrats have to keep moving the goals – we already are a clean state, with some of the cleanest air in the world.

But because California Democrats don’t have anything else to offer the people, they must maintain pretenses of an ostensible climate crisis, even though none of them really believe this.

In April, Gov. Gavin Newsom weighed in on the dire need to save the planet at a groundbreaking of the world’s largest wildlife overpass, the Wallis Annenberg Wildlife Crossing, “which will provide a vital bridge for mountain lions and other Santa Monica Mountain wildlife to roam safely between two large areas of habitat.”

“No challenge poses a greater threat to our way of life, prosperity, and future as a state than climate change,” Gov. Newsom said. “With our rich natural heritage on the front lines of this crisis, California is building on our global climate leadership with bold strategies that harness the power of nature to fight climate change and protect our communities and ecosystems. Strong partnerships across the board will be critical to these efforts, and the project we’re lifting up today is an inspiring example of the kind of creative collaborations that will help us protect our common home for generations to come.”

May I offer you a word salad?

According to the Governor, the new climate package includes:

  • CARBON NEUTRALITY: AB 1279 by Assemlymembers Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) and Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) codifies the statewide carbon neutrality goal to dramatically reduce climate pollution.

    • Establishes a clear, legally binding, and achievable goal for California to achieve statewide carbon neutrality as soon as possible, and no later than 2045, and establishes an 85% emissions reduction target as part of that goal.

  • PROTECT COMMUNITIES AGAINST OIL DRILLING: SB 1137 by Senators Lena Gonzalez (D-Long Beach) and Monique Limón (D-Santa Barbara) protects communities from the harmful impacts of the oil industry.

    • Establishes a setback distance of 3,200 feet between any new oil well and homes, schools, parks or businesses open to the public.

    • Ensures comprehensive pollution controls for existing oil wells within 3,200 feet of these facilities.

  • 100% CLEAN ELECTRIC GRID: SB 1020 by Senator John Laird (D-Santa Cruz) establishes a pathway toward the state’s clean energy future.

    • Creates clean electricity targets of 90% by 2035 and 95% by 2040 with the intent of advancing the state’s trajectory to the existing 100% clean electricity retail sales by 2045 goal.

  • CAPTURING AND REMOVING CARBON POLLUTION: SB 905 by Senators Anna Caballero (D-Merced) and Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) and SB 1314 by Senator Monique Limón (D-Santa Barbara) advance engineered technologies to remove carbon pollution, while banning the use of those technologies for enhanced oil recovery.

    • Establishes a clear regulatory framework for carbon removal and carbon capture, utilization and sequestration.

    • Bans the practice of injecting carbon dioxide for the purpose of enhanced oil recovery.

  • NATURE-BASED SOLUTIONS: AB 1757 by Assemblymembers Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) and Robert Rivas (D-Salinas) enlists nature in the state’s climate agenda.

    • Requires the state to develop an achievable carbon removal target for natural and working lands.

The overall goal of Newsom’s “sweeping” climate change package is “Achieving net zero GHG emissions” in the state. To do this California needs to address and change electricity, buildings, transportation, industry, agriculture and land use… according to the *Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, founded in 1998 as the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, C2ES.  “Twenty-nine percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions come from generating electricity. Most of the electricity is used in our homes, offices, and factories to power everything from heating and cooling systems to lights, computers, refrigerators, and cell phones,” Pew Center on Global Climate Change, C2ES says.

So pretty much everything we use in modern society needs to be upended, overhauled, and restricted, according to the Climate Change hustlers. And, in order to prepare, we must Learn more about resilience planning, according to Pew Center on Global Climate Change, C2ES, only the link doesn’t provide anything or go anywhere – which may tell us more than all of the climate change legislation signed by Gov. Newsom.

Remember, “We’re not interested in investing in the industries that have created the problems that we’re trying to mitigate,” Newsom said referring to the oil, natural gas, agriculture, and auto industries, or “polluters” as Gov. Newsom and climate change grifters would have you believe. Remember, Gov. Newsom has already issued draconian directives to the California Air Resources Board to ban gas-powered cars and trucks, shutdown oil and gas production and limit how Californians travel.

The full set of 40 bills the Governor signed that work toward achieving the state’s climate goals is available here.

*Correction: We incorrectly named the Pew Center for Global Climate Change, C2ES. The Globe was contacted by Philip Horowitz, the communications associate for the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions. He said they underwent an organizational name change in 2011 to the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions. 

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30 thoughts on “Will Gov. Newsom’s ‘Sweeping’ Climate Change Legislation Save the Planet?

  1. Net Zero!
    May I offer all those who want to achieve net zero carbon emissions to turn off their heaters this winter, hold their breath and most importantly no more farting. Let those colons implode!!!
    After all we cannot “DOUBLE DOWN ON STUPID”!

    1. Welcome to the world of the insane. Old gel head Newsom can sit in his air-conditioned home while telling the serfs to turn up the AC and turn down the heat. D Kraut voters are insane for voting for futnucks like this. Living and dead.

  2. Thank you, Katy Grimes, for summarizing the basics of this overwhelming set of jackboot-on-our-neck laws so that we can have some idea of the nightmare we are in for under this malevolent governor, and at what potentially devastating cost —– financially, logistically, emotionally, and obviously to our freedom to conduct our lives as we choose and to survive as an economically viable state.
    I’m hoping against hope that this is all only for show and Newsom’s only goal here is to be able to parade around the country and tout his Package of 40 Sweeping Climate Change Laws, for which he will take credit at every opportunity on his Fantasy Road to the Presidency, and it will sputter out there, with no enforcement as a practical matter.
    Because (as usual) this is GARBAGE, it’s devastating, it’s not workable, it’s not achievable, not do-able, not practical, not helpful —- no WAY and no HOW. And we’ve had plenty of experience in California with this crap, and with Newsom’s crap in particular, to know with certainty that an actual rollout of ANY of it will only make things worse and more expensive and less efficient and more broken-down and —- what am I saying? —- it’s simply not POSSIBLE to do ANY of it and to still be left standing.
    Where and when does this end? We simply CANNOT go on like this, living under this narcissistic monster of a word-salad spewing governor. It’s too much.

  3. Hell no. He does not know ANY THNG about science. If CO2 were so deadly and would destroy the planet, then when the Giant lizards and small mammals were living together the amount of CO2 was between 4000 to 7000 ppm and at that time had a higher amount of O2. No SUV, cows farting etc and NO bolsheviks who don’t know their ass from a hole in the ground were not around.

  4. “We’re not interested in investing in the industries that have created the problems that we’re trying to mitigate.”
    Great campaign tagline for Newsom’s run for president 👍

    1. Agree! Let’s see if California voters “double down on stupid”and re-elect the guy who has turned this state into a third world sh*thole!

      1. Do California voters actually decide who is governor…or is the governor installed through Democrat voter fraud and rigged voting machines?

  5. I think Lord Gavin believes he will be whisked away to the white house and wont have to deal with the mess he leaves behind.

    Just like when he left SF never solving the homeless problem, but the talked up “care not cash.

    Always failing upward!

  6. Check this out:
    “Flashback: Gavin Newsom Shipped Homeless People Out of San Francisco with One-Way Tickets”
    https://thepoliticalinsider.com/flashback-gavin-newsom-shipped-homeless-people-out-of-san-francisco-with-one-way-tickets/
    So was Gavin as S.F. Mayor guilty of kidnaping? Hmm?
    I vaguely remember connected to this that the City of San Bernardino —— once named an “All-American City,” you know, a great place in all respects to raise the kids — was devastated by this influx, courtesy of Gavin Newsom, and soon thereafter became a hell hole. One of the first.

  7. After reading this my head is about to explode! If I wrote exactly what I feel about Governor Climate Change and these laws I would be banned by Katy! Here is an edited version: climate change is bull$hi+ and so is GCC! These people live in a fantasy world! What are we supposed to do live in caves?

  8. This is either:
    A) Newsom executing his World Economic Forum “Young Global Leaders” political agenda, so they can trash the economy and “build back better” (or 6uild 6ack 6etter as I’ve seen elsewhere), as Newsom and Trudeau compete for biggest Klaus Schwab ass-kisser
    or
    B) A dog & pony show for the Communist Democrat “green new deal” cabal in a big political,show for his 2024 Presidential aspirations, where he’s almost as dumb as Biden
    or
    C) A payback to his Communist Chinese party funders, who are the biggest global polluters, but capitalizing on all this US Democrat virtue-signaling, which is actual cover for Chinese manufacturing and mining kickbacks to corrupt US legislators like Newsom,Pelosi, Schumer and McConnell

    NOTHING else makes logical sense…

  9. Heavy Sigh!
    It is so incredibly depressing to know that so many of our leaders are so incredibly power hungry and STUPID.
    What is the attraction of attempting to control so many peoples lives? Along with all of the sheep that keep voting them this power. Vote them out and let them be stupid on their own dime, PLEASE!

  10. Urban Myth of Climate — An urban myth is a fictional tale or conspiracy theory that circulates widely, is told and retold and presumed true by mere repetition. Urban myths are spread and illuminated in mass media, and become part of popular culture. Urban myths circulate from no singular source and can survive as fearmongering news items. Myth-making eco-propagandists have become mainstream news media assets. Urban myths can be dangerous propaganda that causes civic alarm and paranoia often for nefarious political advantage. Examples are the global Y2K internet collapse, white privilege, Russian collusion, World War III and endless doomsday scenarios. For over a half century, environmentalists have menaced us with fear-mongering scenarios of man-made ecological apocalypse. The environmental movement is the most densely-organized movement in human history. There are over 15,000 environmental nonprofits in the U.S. Having run out of green campaign grievances for their tax-exempt fundraising, radical eco-groups have come up with the most fantastic, intractable and theoretical problem of all – controlling dynamic, natural global climate variabilities (atmospheric thermodynamic radiative forcing). In scapegoating climate change for every inexplicable natural phenomenon and natural disaster, green-government tyranny would subvert capitalism itself with “climate austerity.” Partisan green-government regulations inflate the costs of goods, services, activities, food, and energies.

  11. Newsom and his Democrat cronies in the legislature have no intention of saving the planet with their “sweeping” climate change legislation? It’s all about establishing complete control over the population through draconian mandates? How many of them are getting payoffs from the CCP and/or globalist goups like the UN and the World Economic Forum? Newsom is one of Klaus Schwab’s World Economic Forum globalist minions and no doubt he’s aggressively pushing their great reset and one world government globalist agenda to destroy the state? He wants to do the same to the rest of the country and he probably believes that he will be installed into the White House just like Biden was?

  12. China, India meanwhile are expanded the amount of Coal plants – also thanked CA for going “net-zero” to save the planet based on faulty BS of climate enriching Al Gore and his lies.

    How they believe one state doing this resolves against what other countries are doing…is so insane.

  13. There is no plan to “save the planet”. Green is a weapon to wield against people who they intend to exterminate. The few that are left will be enslaved body and mind to the ruling elites in their trillion dollar estates.

    Read up on the NWO plans of Noah Harari and Klaus Schwab! These people tell what they are planning (and currently implementing). Is anyone paying attention?

  14. BREAKING NEWS: 6pm September 20, 2022. FIRE BREAKS OUT AT PG&E/TESLA BATTERY FACILITY. The facility at Moss Landing is shutdown and Hwy 1 is closed. Toxic fumes being released from the fire? Residents in Moss Landing told to shelter in place. Gavin Newsom and his leftist climate-change idiots would have us killed by asphyxiation and toxic fumes while they try to solve climate change?

  15. It’s doubtful that the residents and voters of Bell Gardens requested that Democrat Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia sponsor that carbon neutral legislative bill AB 1279? No doubt Assemblywoman Garcia got a payoff from some source…but who and why? Is she another one of Klaus Schwab’s World Economic Forum globalist minions?

  16. That the denizens of Sacramento are totally lost in their megalomaniacal delusions is well established. Hair Gel is a pathetic, effete caricature of Caligula. The question we desperately need to answer is this; in a state where fraudulent elections have become a tradition, how do we stop the madness?

  17. Thanks Katy for this article. All this climate change and carbon neutral is a depopulation policy. We must stop this madness now. We need to increase our energy in this country by a magnitude of three times the usage we are using now. This means building 200-300 nuclear power plants, desalination plants. Increasing our funding into fusion research, expanding our space program. This is the future our children need to be inspired. This is the education our children need to participate in. Give California and our nation a true mission. Mindy Pechenuk, Republican Candidate for State Assembly 18. I am running against Mia Bonta

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