Climate Action California’s Bill Proposals for 2024

Climate Action California works to support and pass legislation and executive agency actions that prioritize reducing short-lived climate pollutants (principally methane and refrigerants); promotes transportation electrification; and provides measures, including climate finance actions and building decarbonization initiatives, which will accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy. Our volunteer teams have developed the following list of high-priority bill proposals for 2024.

  • An end to tax credits for oil and gas (see the June 10 letter from numerous legislators proposing amendments to the Revenue and Tax Code). Can be positioned as a revenue raising bill in light of the anticipated state budget deficit, not only a climate-focused bill. Assembly Member Damon Connolly (D-Marin) will author this bill!
  • A statewide ban on permitting new wells in California. Start with a CalGEM enabling statute. Prior to the statewide implementation date for banning new wells, local jurisdictions may impose their own bans. (See artificial turf bill, SB 676, which prohibits a state ban on local ordinances.)
  • Use the CPUC’s on-bill financing mechanism (aka opt-in tariffed on-bill investments) to purchase rooftop solar for low- and moderate-income utility customers. Likely requires legislation due to cost.
  • Follow Hawaii’s lead and institute performance-based regulation of utilities, i.e., require the CPUC to incentivize IOUs to support/add rooftop solar and community solar. If possible the bill should facilitate cooperation between IOUs, CCAs & POUs in making this happen.
  • The California Zero Waste Act (current Leg. Counsel draft) takes language from LA City’s Zero Waste Ordinance to eliminate single use plastic waste and mandate reuseables.  Will also mandate annual sustainable training for all employees and waste reduction plans from each department. Benefits include reduced resource consumption, reduced waste, reduced hauling, reduced landfill requirements, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, improved air quality and health and reduced sound pollution from reduced hauling.
  • Address agricultural sources of methane, potentially by updating SB 1383 and with other measures: See our specific bill ideas and suggestions
  • Address refrigerants, potentially by updating SB 1383 and with other measures: See our specific bill ideas and suggestions
  • Amend the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) to end credits for crop-based biofuels and limit credits for tallow and used cooking oil. These fuels perpetuate internal combustion engines; their lifecycle carbon intensity can be greater than coal; and they skew global agricultural production toward deforestation and away from food for people.
  • Follow Massachusetts’ lead and remove woody biomass’ exemption from Cap-and-Trade and also take it out of the Renewables Portfolio Standard. Incentivize alternatives to burning biomass (pyrolysis into hydrogen; biogas; compost; wood chips) and ban exports of pellets. Sierra Club might co-sponsor. Read the Massachusetts laws. See map of biomass power plants:
  • Institute a bonding requirement for carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects in California. Note that SB 905 (Caballero and Skinner, 2022) implementation is underway at the Resources Agency. We think more safeguards against seismic events and GHG leaks should be added, and legislation is likely necessary to counter industry’s zeal.
  • Follow New York & Massachusetts’ lead and add the Passive House standard as an alternative compliance pathway to the building code (CalGreen). This will reduce operational carbon emissions by approximately 80 percent, compared to current code.