Bill That Will Assist Coastal Conservancy Address Climate Change Introduced By Sen. Lieu
2012-02-15 · By Editor
On Tuesday, Sen. Ted. W. Lieu of Torrance introduced a pro-environment bill to help ensure the California Coastal Conservancy can continue to work on addressing climate change – especially projects that maximize public benefits.
“Rising sea levels and storm-driven waves pose direct risks to the state’s coastal resources,” Lieu said about the need for Senate Bill 1066. “With the coastal economy contributing $46 billion annually to the state and with 80 percent of California’s 38 million residents living within 30 miles of the coast, we must take steps now to ensure the coastal economy and environment survives.”
Lieu said SB 1066 is needed in the wake of record-high temperatures, changing weather patterns and rising ocean levels.
“The Nature Conservancy applauds Sen. Lieu’s leadership on this important issue,” said Louis Blumberg, The Nature Conservancy’s California Climate Change Program Director. “SB 1066 will help ensure that our coastal communities, economy and the critical natural resources that we rely on are prepared and protected against the impacts of a changing climate.”
For more than 30 years, the state Coastal Conservancy has worked with public and private entities to protect, restore and enhance coastal resources and habitats, including deteriorating urban waterfronts and poorly designed coastal development, Lieu said, adding: “This bill would make it clear that the Conservancy address the impacts of climate change.”
Any costs of SB 1066 would be paid with non-state funds. The bill will next be assigned to a policy-review committee, which is expected to occur within the next month.
For more, visit Lieu’s Web site at the address below or contact Lieu’s office.
Ted W. Lieu chairs the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee and represents nearly 1 million residents of Senate District 28, which includes the cities of Carson, El Segundo, Hermosa Beach, Lomita, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach and Torrance, as well as portions of Long Beach, Los Angeles and San Pedro. For more, visit www.senate.ca.gov/lieu.