Assemblymember Frazier Supports Efforts to Address California Wildfires

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SACRAMENTO, CA - Last year, Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Fairfield) began conversations to fundamentally change the way California reduces greenhouse gas emissions. These conversations led to a series of bills aimed at utilizing the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Funds to address the most destructive polluter in our state: wildfires.

As a result of these bills, on Thursday, Governor Gavin Newsom, Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego), and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) announced a $536 million funding plan to help improve California’s resilience to wildfires.

“I am pleased to see how ideas and conversations surrounding my numerous wildfire bills have rolled into a statewide effort to prepare and defend California against the next big fire,” said Assemblymember Frazier. “California is facing another extremely dry season, and we need all hands on deck in order to make the necessary changes.”

California’s historic 2020 wildfires released a staggering amount of planet-warming greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. By mid-October, fires in California had already produced more carbon dioxide than every economic sector except transportation. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) facilitates comprehensive and coordinated investments throughout California that further the State’s climate goals. These investments support programs and projects that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the State and also deliver major economic, environmental, and public health benefits for Californians. Unfortunately, the gains that have been achieved in the reduction of greenhouse gasses through CARB have been negated by the negative consequences of wildfires.

“While I believe the work the CARB has been doing is commendable, we need to hit pause and address the immediate cause of carbon emissions in California, and right now, that is unquestionably wildfires,” said Assemblymember Frazier.

Read Governor Newsom’s press release here.

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Assemblymember Frazier represents the 11th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Antioch, Bethel Island, Birds Landing, Brentwood, Byron, Collinsville, Discovery Bay, Fairfield, Isleton, Knightsen, Locke, Oakley, Pittsburg (partial), Rio Vista, Suisun City, Travis AFB, Vacaville and Walnut Grove.