Climate in Coachella / Politicians

With elections always coming up, people in Coachella Valley want to know what their local politicians are doing about the Climate.

1. Politicians from Coachella Valley are taking action on climate.

1.1 Eduardo Garcia wrote California’s carbon-cap extension.

1.2 Chad Mayes made a big political sacrifice

1. Coachella Valley lawmakers successfully legislate for the atmosphere.

1.1 Eduardo Garcia wins another 10 years for Schwarzenegger’s climate law.

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California State Assemblyperson Eduardo Garcia (Democrat – CA 56th) sponsored a law to extend California’s landmark carbon trading program to 2030. The program was started in 2011 by then-California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. The law regulates the amount of emissions utilities, refineries, and manufacturing plants are allowed to release into the atmosphere. Businesses that emit over 25,000 tons of carbon must comply.

At a signing ceremony in July 2017, Garcia said, “We’re shifting the global warming dialogue from polar bears and melting ice caps to focus on the severe public health consequences facing disadvantaged, environmentally vulnerable communities, like those in my district.

Eduardo Garcia, a Democrat from Coachella City represents the Coachella Valley and surrounding areas in California’s State Assembly. He heads California’s Joint Legislative Committee on Climate Change Policies.

Regional newspaper: desertsun.com/story/news/environment/2016/09/09/coachellas-eduardo-garcia-behind-ambitious-us-climate-law/90109736/

1.2 Chad Mayes made a big political sacrifice.

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California State Legislator Chad Mayes (Republican, CA 42nd), is a politician who sticks to his principles. In 2017, under pressure from his party caucus, Mayes stepped down as minority leader of the California Assembly.

The Republican assembly caucus disgruntled with Mayes because he had helped the Democratic majority extend California’s landmark cap & trade carbon reduction program past 2020. Cap-and-trade requires oil refineries and power plants to pay for the carbon they burn. Undeterred, Mayes said in a 2017 interview, “I’m ready to work on climate change.”

Chad Mays, from Yucca Valley, represents Coachella Valley and surrounding areas in California’s State Assembly.

Regional newspaper: Desertsun.com/story/news/environment/2017/05/05/republicans-california-say-theyre-ready-work-climate-change/310421001/

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