Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel), a member of the Senate’s Environmental Quality and Transportation and Housing Committees, issued the following response after Governor Brown and legislative Democrats announced they will remove a key provision from Senate Bill 350 that would have required a 50 percent cut in gasoline use by 2030:
“Most Californians support efforts to boost renewable energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but not at the expense of squeezing working families with higher gas prices. California’s economy cannot run on a half tank of gas and I am encouraged that Sacramento has recognized this very valid concern.
“However, the other mandates in Senate Bill 350 are still problematic as they do not take into consideration the impact to our economy. The bill also continues to provide broad authority to the unelected California Air Resources Board to enforce these mandates without adequate legislative oversight. Unless these issues are addressed, SB 350 will continue to be a major concern to many Californians worried about higher energy costs.”