(SACRAMENTO) – State Assemblymember V. Manuel Pérez released the following statement today in reaction to President Obama’s Climate Change proposal:
The President’s plan underscores the imperative of developing the abundant renewable resources in the Coachella and Imperial Valleys. Among other things, it includes accelerating the permitting of an additional 10 gigawatts of renewable energy resources on public lands by 2020. Large tracks of the Salton Sea’s renewable resources are located on federal lands, so accelerating the permitting of these resources could help us achieve both carbon reductions and facilitate creative financing opportunities to help restore the Sea.
Overall, I applaud the President’s proposal for cutting back carbon pollution. By developing homegrown renewable energy sources and taking action to slow the effects of climate change we can help safeguard the future for our children and grandchildren, while supporting positive economic development and the growth of the clean tech economy.
Pérez also announced today that Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez has re-appointed him to serve as chair of the Assembly Select Committee on the Renewable Energy Economy in Rural California (REERC). The select committee was formed in 2011 as a forum to explore the infrastructure, workforce and other challenges faced by rural areas seeking to pursue renewable energy opportunities. The REERC Select Committee has thus far held three hearings in the San Joaquin, Imperial and Coachella Valleys.
Other Assemblymembers appointed to the select committee include Katcho Achadjian (R-San Luis Obispo), Frank Bigelow (R-O’Neals), Steven Bradford (D-Gardena), Susan Talamontes Eggman (D-Stockton), Adam Gray (D-Merced), and Rudy Salas, Jr. (D-Bakersfield).