Assemblyman Ken Cooley Introduces the Climate Innovation Act to Prepare for Climate Risks

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SACRAMENTO – On Monday, January 28, Assemblyman Ken Cooley (Rancho Cordova) introduced AB 296, the Climate Innovation Act, that would award grants for the research, development, and acceleration of innovations and technologies mitigating the impacts of climate change. The program would award matching grant funds through a competitive peer review process to make advancement on significant challenges climate change poses.


Scientific reports warn of the devastating impacts to human health, the economy, and our natural environment, unless action is taken to mitigate global warming immediately.


According to the recently released UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report and the National Climate Assessment, impacts on natural systems from global warming have already been observed. Climate related risks to health, livelihoods, food security, water supply, human security, and economic growth are projected to increase with global warming of 1.5°C (estimated to occur approximately in the next 20 years) and increase further with warming of 2°C (estimated to occur within the next 100 years). There is a significant possibility that unanticipated and difficult or impossible-to-manage changes in the climate system will occur throughout the next century as multiple climate related events occur simultaneously and key warming thresholds are crossed.


Though the predictions are dire, the world’s leading climate scientists provide hope – outlining a path forward. Future climate risks would be limited by enhancing investments in climate mitigation efforts, making behavioral changes, and accelerating innovation.


“The aim of AB 296 is to accelerate innovation and add more tools to our toolkit to better prepare us for the significant challenges climate change poses,” said Assemblyman Ken Cooley. “With human ingenuity and innovation, we can enable the protection of our natural environment and limit impacts and risks global warming poses to human health, public safety, and the economy.”


Assemblyman Ken Cooley represents the 8th Assembly District which includes the communities of Arden-Arcade, Carmichael, Citrus Heights, Rancho Cordova, Rancho Murieta, Rosemont, Wilton and other portions of unincorporated Sacramento County.   For more information, please visit