Statement From Wildfire Conservancy on New Report Showing Wildfire Smoke Wiping Out State’s Clean Air Efforts

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STATEMENT FROM WILDFIRE CONSERVANCY ON NEW REPORT SHOWING WILDFIRE SMOKE WIPING OUT STATE’S CLEAN AIR EFFORTS


Prop 30 Includes Billions for Wildfire Reduction


SACRAMENTO, CA – The nonprofit Wildfire Conservancy today issued the following statement on a new report showing smoke from California’s wildfires in 2020 — the worst modern wildfire season on record — put twice as many greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere as the state’s total reduction in such emissions from 2003 to 2019. The smoke “essentially negates 18 years of reductions in greenhouse gas emission,” notes Dr. Michael Jerrett, UCLA professor of environmental health sciences and a lead author of the study.

“This study makes it clear we need to invest heavily in resources in preventing and managing wildfires and getting more boots on the ground or all of our other efforts to clean up our air and reduce greenhouse gasses are for naught,” said Wildfire Conservancy President Tim Edwards, who also is President of CALFIRE Local 2881. “The innovative approach of Proposition 30, the Clean Air Initiative can significantly reduce carbon emissions and particulate pollution and help us more effectively fight wildfires at the same time. Prop 30 could reduce annual emissions by 7.2 to 12 million metric tons of carbon dioxide per year – the equivalent of removing roughly 1.5 to 2.6 million passenger vehicles from California roads, or enough energy to power roughly 1- 1.5 million homes each year.”

Prop 30 will provide more than $20 billion in funding over the next two decades for the hiring of additional state firefighters, firefighting equipment and wildfire prevention programs like forest management.

For more information about Prop 30, visit www.YesOn30.org.