California legislature passes Climate Change Community Benefits bill

Human rights and poverty activists in California scored a win on Tuesday when the legislature passed a bill that would earmark money from pollution fees to assist people communities that have been most directly affected by pollution. The bill also would help fund job creation.

The Climate Change Community Benefits Fund, or AB 1405, would mandate that a minimum of 10 percent of revenues from polluters fined under California’s clean energy and air pollution standards be set aside for job training, public health initiatives and pollution clean-up in low-income communities.