SACRAMENTO – Today, Assembly Republican Leader James Gallagher (Yuba City) issued a statement in response to Governor Newsom’s five-point “legislative plan” which urged the state Legislature to enact even more stringent energy and climate targets that many have admitted are completely unattainable and unrealistic. 

“Governor Newsom talks out of both sides of his mouth. He is pushing the Legislature for 100 percent zero emission energy when just last month he pushed a budget bill that streamlined more natural gas plants in order to keep the lights on. He calls for more renewables while his Public Utilities Commission is considering a proposal that will disincentivize and tax solar projects. Of course his plan will only lead to higher costs for Californians who are already struggling to pay gas and utility bills.

“Smarter climate policy is not more mandates and targets. It is greater investments in forestry management to stop massive emissions from catastrophic wildfire, and carbon capture technology to meet reduction targets without drastically increasing consumer costs.”