Newsom signs $ 15 billion suite of climate change bills


SAN FRANCISCO, CA – California Governor Gavin Newsom on Thursday signed a series of bills that together authorize $ 15 billion in spending to fight climate change.

Newsom has signed 24 bills intended to provide protection against forest fires, drought response and protection against sea level rise and extreme heat.

The bills include $ 1.5 billion for wildfire and forest fire resilience, $ 5.2 billion over three years for short-term drought response, and long-term investment in expanding water supply and drinking water supply and sanitation systems, $ 3.7 billion over three years to cope with extreme heat and sea level. increase, $ 1.1 billion over two years for investments in sustainable agriculture and $ 3.9 billion to purchase thousands of zero-emission vehicles and to help “encourage consumer adoption” of these vehicles.

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“We are deploying a holistic approach to address the sobering challenges of extreme weather conditions that threaten our way of life and the Golden State as we know it,” Newsom said in a press release Thursday.

The bills are intended, in part, to help communities better prepare for wildfires and to fund fuel breaks and fuel reduction projects in fire-prone areas.

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They also include funds for emergency drought relief and for expanding water supplies and for projects to support wildlife and habitat restoration efforts.

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