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Testimony: Support for AB 2649, the Natural Carbon Sequestration and Resilience Act

On June 29, 2022, the Natural Carbon Sequestration and Resilience Act (AB 2649, C. Garcia) passed out of the California Senate Environmental Quality Committee by a vote of five to two. AB 2649 will make California the first state in the nation to set statutory goals for naturally removing past climate pollution from the atmosphere, … Read more

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The California climate bills that passed — and failed — in 2021

Capitol Building in Sacramento

With the crack of the gavel last Friday night, California’s 2021 legislative session came to a close. Overall, this was a lackluster year for climate action in the California legislature. The most ambitious climate bills — including a measure that would have set a net-negative emissions target, the most ambitious climate goal in the country … Read more

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California’s budget surplus is a historic opportunity for climate-safe investments

We live in an extraordinary time for California’s budget. Despite previous predictions of a major COVID-induced deficit, the state instead is currently sitting on an unprecedented budget surplus to the tune of nearly $100 billion. This presents a massive opportunity to invest in climate resilience, clean energy, green jobs, and more. The legislative budget process … Read more

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Vincent Wiraatmadja joins The Climate Center as its first Government Affairs Manager

Vincent Wiraatmadja

As an advocate who has worked for years at the intersection of climate policy and technological innovation, I am proud to join The Climate Center as its first Government Affairs Manager. Before joining the Center, I spent six years at a top-tier Sacramento lobbying firm, where I focused on helping California achieve its climates goals … Read more