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California Legislature Passes Bill Requiring Companies to Report Carbon Emissions

The California state legislature passed a bill Tuesday that would require large companies to disclose their carbon emissions estimates. This is the first bill of its kind and could lead to similar legislation being passed in other states.

THE Chronicle of San Francisco noted that 5,000 companies would be affected. He reported:

The bill, SB253, from Sen. Scott Wiener, Democrat of San Francisco, would make California the first state to require such disclosures from companies that operate in the state if their annual revenue exceeds $1 billion. It has divided the business community, with some major companies, including Apple, Google and Levi’s, supporting it, while the California Chamber of Commerce and other business groups opposed it.

Lawmakers supporting it argued the measure would provide consumers and investors with uniform information about companies’ carbon emissions so they can evaluate and compare their environmental management claims. It would come into force on January 1, 2025.

A previous version of the bill died last year.

The California State Senate passed the final version of the bill on Tuesday, sending it to Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) for his signature or veto.

The Climate Corporate Data Accountability Act states in part: “Californians already face devastating wildfires, rising sea levels, drought and other impacts associated with climate change that threaten health and safety of Californians. »

Scientists don’t know whether many of these phenomena, particularly wildfires and drought, are “associated with climate change,” although in theory they could get worse in a hotter, drier climate.

Joel B. Pollak is a senior editor at Breitbart News and host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the new biography, Rhoda: “Comrade Kadalie, You Are Out of Service.” He is also the author of the recent e-book Neither Free nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. He is the recipient of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.


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