Gavin Newsom, Governor of California, speaks at a 'Vote No' recall event in San Francisco, California, United States on Tuesday, September 7, 2021.David Paul Morris | Bloomberg | Images
The eleCalifornian voters will decide to impeach Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom in a recall election on September 14. Although Newsom has only taken moderate action to tackle climate change, its replacement could result in a rollback of green policies such as phasing out fracking and gasoline vehicles, and would have national implications for businesses. efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
There is 46 "challengers racing to topple Newsom. Of the 24 Republican candidates on the ballot, many want to reverse the state 's ambitious plans to tackle climate change and the transition to cleaner energy.
Newsom will be removed from office if more than 50% of voters choose to recall it. The governor seems increasingly likely to consAvert its seat, polls in recent weeks showing voters favor " his retention .
Conservative radio host Larry Elder, a supporter of the former president Donald " Trump who constantly spread climate disinformation, has become the clear leader in the event of Newsom's defeat.
Elder said he was seeking to "stop the war on oil and gas " and argued that "global warming alarmism is a pitcher. " He also has repeatedly denied the role of climate change in worsening California wildfire season, instead attributing the fires to a lack of forest management.
During a interview "withABC News in the Caldor Fire Zone in northern California, Newsom rebuffed Elder's comments on the climate, arguing that his opponent "doesn't know what " the hell is he speaks when it comes to the issue of climate and climate change. "
Another prominent candidate, GOP businessman John Cox, argued that the state should produce more natural gas and become "Saudi Arabia of the West", and argued that climate regulations have increased costs in the state.
"Between wildfires, dirty air and drought, our state is in an almost constant state of emergency," said Victoria Rome, California director of government affairs at the Natural Resources Defense Council. " We have relatively no time to waste. with an anti-science governor. " Larry Elder, Republican candidate for the gubernatorial recall, campaigns against the current Californi a governorrneur Gavin Newsom at the California governor's recall election in Los Angeles, California on September 2, 2021.Mike Blake | Reuters
What a new governor might do
A The new governor is unlikely to dismantle major legislation on climate in California, especially given the Democratic state legislature and governor's re-election in 2022. Yet much of California's climate policy is carried out through executive order executive and administrative action, both that a new governor could modify or cancel.
"While a new governor would not be able to launch a legislative attack on the California climate policy, it would be able to slow, redirect and even reverse the implementation of California climate policy, "said William Boyd, professor at the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability of UCLA.
"At a minimum, we would envision a potentially dramatic year with changes in scale and pace of implementation, which would likely lead to litigation and deadlock until the next election, "Boyd said. "Losing a year or more is not something we can afford given the accelerating climate crisis.
California, the world's fifth-largest economy, put implementing some of the most aggressive plans to shift from fossil fuel production to cleaner energy. Much of the necessary legislation has been in place for years.
The plans include an order for the State Air Resources Board to reduce " emissions by 40% by the end of the decade , a requirement for utilities to get all their energy from clean sources in 2045 and a requirement that all trucks sold in the state must be " emissions by 2045 .
As California grapples with worsening wildfires, water shortages and historic drought, Newsom has faced pressure growing to act more aggressively against climate change.
The governor has signed decrees at require "that all new cars be electric by 2035 and ban " new hydraulic fracturing permits in 2024. The Newsom administration also recently adopted " a building code to switch new buildings from fossil fuels to clean buildings. 'energy. Additionally, California last year became the first state to commit to protect "30% of land and coastal waters by 2030.
Steve Weissman, director of the Center for Law, Energy and the Environment at the UC Berkeley said that if Newsom has been a governor "staying the course " on climate change, having a "Old Style The Republican in power could lead to an increase in the number of conservative judges likely to s 'oppose key climate policy.
"If this led to a potential re-election, the climate and environmental impact of California politics would be devastating and potentially irreversible," a declared Weissman.
"This could slow climate policy nationally and globally," he continued. "It's hard to overstate the damage this could cause. A sign reading "No water equals jobs lost " on a farm during a drought in Firebaugh, Calif., Tuesday July 13, 2021.David Paul Morris | Bloomberg | Images
In addition to rescinding Newsom's orders on issues such as clean vehicles, oil and gas conservation and production, a new governor could also withdraw from interstate agreements, as "the bipart of the fifteen states is a memorandum of understanding which is 'pledges to achieve zero net emissions from sales of new trucks and buses by mid-century.
A new governor could also appoint new leaders in organizations that are doing business.anchor climate initiatives, as well as block or reduce funding for conservation or clean energy projects.
Richard Frank, professor of environmental law at UC Davis, said a new governor hostile to existing climate initiatives could "starve" some of the key implementing agencies and appoint members who are not as dedicated to reducing greenhouse gas emissions .
"This could have a significant impact on slowing if not reversing aggressive climate change mitigation policies, " Frank says.