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Some California Lawmakers Take Serious Steps toward Fighting Climate Change

At the risk of stating the obvious, environmental pollution is a serious health concern.

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As lawyers who represented the sickened residents of Hinkley, Calif. (a case made infamous by the film Erin Brockovich), we understand how important it is that we protect the environment and the human beings who live in it.

Even the VW emissions scandal in 2015 had an alleged impact on human health. In a recent study, MIT scientists claimed that the VW automaker's emissions cheat will cause more than 1,000 premature fatalities in Europe. Scientists have made similar claims regarding people in the U.S.

With both the Brockovich case and VW emissions scandal as a backdrop, we turn to California's cap-and-trade program, set to expire in 2020. According to U.S. News & World Report, the debate is "heating up" among state lawmakers.

Senate Bill 775

Also known as the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, Senate Bill 775 amends the Act to tax carbon emissions - but with no "hard cap" on the emissions levels themselves, according to U.S. News and World Report. SB 775 would replace the current program.

Senate Bill 584

Senate Bill 584 is decidedly more ambitious: According to the Los Angeles Times, SB 584 would "put 100% renewable energy on the table," specifically in the form of electricity generation, all from harnessing sun and wind. Democrat Kevin de Leon's SB 584 would take a serious shot at changing things. This bill would aim for meeting all of California's electricity needs through renewable energy.

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