Green bills fared poorly in Sacramento
September 12, 2011
It’s been a bad year at the state capitol for environmental issues despite an ostensibly friendly administration, and it’s a trend being felt nationwide as the economy hemorrhages. [SanJoseMercuryNews]
Representatives of many California environmental interest groups had hoped that Gov. Jerry Brown’s election would usher in an era of successful eco-politics, but high unemployment and a growing sentiment against government regulation appear to be working against that objective.
Warner Chabot, executive director of the California League of Conservation Voters, told the Mercury News, “For the environment, this is probably the least productive year in a decade.”
The governor has 30 days to sign a stack of bills on his desk, few of which are environmentally significant. Among the so-called “green” bills awaiting gubernatorial ink is one to ban the sale of shark fins in California. Others would allow non-profits to keep state parks open, and extend property tax breaks for open space.
Major legislative efforts to regulate plastics and batteries failed, as did a proposed restriction on a controversial oil and gas practice called hydraulic “fracking.”