The day before yesterday Jason Barbose sat in the gallery of the California Senate and saw something that just a few weeks ago he wasn’t expecting: Senators casting the final vote on an historic set of bills—Senate Bill 32 (Pavley) and Assembly Bill 197 (E. Garcia)—that reaffirm the state’s commitment to addressing climate change through 2030. After the vote was over, Jason and his colleagues shared hugs, smiles, and tears as the weight of the accomplishment washed over them. It was a great day.
There will be a time for a more thorough examination of how we achieved this victory, but here is my quick take of what just happened.
Source: Jason Barbose, Western States Policy Manager, Union of Concerned Scientists, August 26, 2016