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Lawsuit targets CA climate disclosure laws

By Farms.com

In a bold move against the state of California, agriculture and business groups are pushing back against recent climate disclosure laws with a lawsuit.

Signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom, Senate Bills 253 and 261 demand that companies operating within and outside of California publicly disclose their climate risks and greenhouse emissions.  

This legal challenge, spearheaded by entities like the American Farm Bureau Federation and the Western Growers Association, raises significant concerns over free speech rights and state overreach. 

The core of the lawsuit lies in the assertion that these laws not only compel speech but also regulate beyond California's jurisdiction, clashing with federal laws.

Particularly controversial is the demand for Scope 3 emission disclosures, which trace emissions through the entire supply chain, placing a heavy burden on small businesses and family-owned farms. 

Despite Governor Newsom's directives to monitor the economic impact of these laws, the plaintiffs argue that the legislation will lead to unfair disadvantages for smaller agricultural operators, favoring larger entities capable of managing the required disclosures.  

This case points to a broader debate over the balance between environmental stewardship and economic viability, with the agriculture and business communities voicing their struggle against what they see as onerous regulations. 

As the debate unfolds, the lawsuit against California's climate disclosure laws stands as a pivotal moment in the ongoing dialogue between environmental policy and economic sustainability, with implications that could extend well beyond the state's borders. 


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