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California Passes Alternative Fuels Bill

With bi-partisan support in both the California Senate and Assembly, the Alternative Fuels Bill (AB 1007) authored by Assembly Member Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills) and sponsored by E2 and NRDC was sent to the Governor. This bill puts California on a path encouraging the development of transportation fuels which reduce our use of petroleum-based fuels and emissions of pollutants like greenhouse gases. The California Senate passed the bill 25-11 on September 6. The next day, the bill returned to the Assembly for concurrence where it received overwhelming support of 51-28.

In the weeks leading up to the final votes, E2 members were in Sacramento meeting with legislators and working with the governor’s office to make sure the implementation details were consistent with the Governor’s Integrated Energy Policy, which is being led by the California Energy Commission. In a year where very few environmental and economic bills were passed, we are especially pleased that AB 1007 not only passed, but had strong supporters from both parties.

Over 200 E2 members electronically signed a letter to Governor Schwarzenegger urging him to sign the legislation. Additional supporting signatures were gathered at our September 15th EcoSalon and the combined letters were hand-delivered to the governor’s office on September 20. The Governor signed AB 1007 today, September 29.

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