Limón Issues Statement on Cap and Trade Bill Package
SACRAMENTO—Assemblymember Monique Limón (D – Santa Barbara) issued the following statement on the Cap and Trade vote in the Assembly.
Since the birth of the environmental movement in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, California and its leaders have lead the way nationally and internationally to combat climate change.
Climate change is a real threat that affects our community and I am committed to promoting policies that will meet the 2030 and 2050 greenhouse gas reduction goals. I voted in favor of the improvements to air quality standards included as a part of the Cap and Trade measure. The new standards move us in the right direction, improving air quality by raising technology standards and adding community-level plans to reduce pollution in some of the most impacted areas.
After careful review of the Cap and Trade mechanism proposed in this legislation, I was concerned about supporting a policy that would allow the industries most responsible for generating greenhouse gas emissions to continue to pollute for free, while at the same time, taking away local control of air districts to set air quality standards for their communities. I looked for evidence that the Cap and Trade mechanism would have implementation, monitoring, and regulatory policies in place to achieve significant environmental improvement, but the bill fell short of providing such evidence. As a member of the Assembly Natural Resources Committee, I have worked on a lot of good environmental legislation, including supporting a different version of the Cap and Trade extension bill last month, which unfortunately failed passage on the Assembly floor.
Many of my legislative colleagues and I share the same environmental values, and time will tell if this legislation will be effective. I was supportive of the legislation which would bring us closer to reaching our greenhouse gas reduction goals, and will continue to work on policies that move California forward in the fight against climate change.
Monique Limón represents the 37th Assembly District which includes Santa Barbara, Ventura, Goleta, Carpinteria, Ojai, Santa Paula, Fillmore, Buellton, Solvang, Summerland, Isla Vista, Montecito and parts of Oxnard. She currently serves as an Assembly Assistant Majority Whip.