Entries by Vincent Wiraatmadja

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, […]

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

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 […]

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 […]