Newsom won't back down on climate change 

Mayor Gavin Newsom used Earth Day to re-advocate for climate change. With unemployment still high and cities strapped for cash, many are pushing the state to bail on efforts to combat climate change, at least for now.

But after signing legislation that supports sustainable landscaping in San Francisco, the mayor said there is no way he would back off of supporting California’s major climate bill AB 32 and SB375, which requires cities and counties to come up with creative strategies for tackling climate change and designing sustainable communities.

“If we start going backwards as opposed to leap forward in terms of our environmental goals, we will lose one of the great competitive advantages we have in this country. That’s being a leader in terms of venture capital in green tech and our efforts that have proven hugely successful in terms of reducing energy consumption,” Newsom said. “I think this whole move to suspend AB 32 is wrongheaded and I will do everything in my power to oppose it.”

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