Last week, California State Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), who represents the 33rd district, wrapped up a trip to the United Nations’s COP23 Climate Conference in Bonn, Germany, where he joined California and US leaders to underscore the need for continued action to stop global warming, according to his office.
Lara introduced the California Cooling Act, the first piece of state legislation to come out of the conference. The California Cooling Act would create incentive programs to reduce dangerous gases in refrigerants and air conditioners known as HFCs.
“The super pollutants inside air conditioners and refrigeration are like a silent assassin that threatens our global climate, and California is sounding the alarm about the threat they pose,” Lara said. “The California Cooling Act will help businesses and residents leave behind HFCs and support American manufacturers who are leading the way toward safer chemicals that do not contribute to global warming.”
The California Cooling Act builds on the Super Pollutant Reduction Act of 2016 (Senate Bill 1383), which Lara authored to drastically cut emissions of super pollutants, including HFCs, black carbon and methane.
According to his office, Lara and California Governor Jerry Brown also accepted the first-ever Climate and Clean Air Award for the state’s tough action on super pollutants last week.
Moreover, during the climate conference, Lara helped open the US Climate Action Center, where elected leaders, religious, environmental and business leaders have expressed their commitment to the goals of the US Paris Agreement’s goals of stopping global warming. Lara’s office states that President Donald Trump’s administration’s announcement that it would leave the agreement spurred the launch of the We Are Still In campaign, a counter-movement in favor of the US Paris Agreement, led by US legislators, governors and mayors.
“Greetings from the official resistance to the Trump administration,” Lara told a gathering of other US leaders at the conference. “Let’s relish being rebels. Despite what happens in DC, we’re still here.”
Source: Lara’s office