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Can California Provide A Good Model Of Progressive Climate Policy?

Robert Stavins | Posted 10.13.2016 | Green
Robert Stavins

California can play a very important role by showing leadership -- in two key ways. One is to demonstrate a commitment to meaningful reductions in GHG emissions. In this regard, California has more than met the bar, with policies that are as aggressive as -- if not more aggressive than -- those of most countries.

Market Mechanisms In The Paris Climate Agreement: International Linkage Under Article 6.2

Robert Stavins | Posted 08.30.2016 | Green
Robert Stavins

There are a substantial number of issues that negotiators will eventually need to address, and likewise, there are a set of questions that researchers (including within the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements) can begin to address now.

For California's Post-2020 Cap And Trade, Give Money To People

Mike Sandler | Posted 08.16.2016 | Green
Mike Sandler

California's Legislature is considering whether to continue the State's Cap and Trade system meant to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fight global warming before it potentially expires in 2020.

California Knows Best: What's Good For The Environment Can Also Be Great For The Economy

Mary Leslie | Posted 08.01.2016 | Los Angeles
Mary Leslie

As states across the nation scramble to adjust their energy portfolios to meet increasingly stringent carbon emission limits and other climate change mandates, our experience in California since 2006 could prove to be a useful guide.

Paris Can Be a Key Step

Robert Stavins | Posted 11.21.2016 | Green
Robert Stavins

I've been asked many times what success will look like in Paris. Here's my scorecard and my predictions of five key elements that -- if all were achieved -- would constitute an exceptionally successful 21st Conference of the Parties:

Polluting Cars Out From Under Radar

Molly Miller | Posted 06.01.2015 | Green
Molly Miller

At 5 am as many as 500 cars and trucks are lined up outside the gates of the fairgrounds in Fresno, CA. Many of the people in the line even camped out here overnight to get something that might not normally be that thrilling... a tailpipe emissions test.

Three Wrongs Don't Make the Right Right

Duncan Hosie | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics
Duncan Hosie

Sometimes the sky doesn't fall. It lifts. Acting on climate change is reaping incredible benefits for California. Ultimately, none of the AB 32 dooms-day scenarios came true. Now, more than ever, we should not buy into conservatives' Chicken Little politics on environmental policy. They were wrong in the past and they are wrong now.

California Energy Strategists Push For 100% Clean Energy, Without Fossil Fuels Or Nuclear Power

John J. Berger | Posted 12.27.2014 | Green
John J. Berger

If this game-changing goal is widely adopted by the environmental community and by a vanguard of public officials, it would put California climate policymakers and others under pressure to advance the state's already ambitious clean energy goals.

Big Oil Attacks California's Climate Revolution

Preeti Vissa | Posted 10.12.2014 | Green
Preeti Vissa

Don't be fooled. This is a battle between oil industry profits and the health, well-being and economic survival of California families, and it will set a precedent that will reverberate nationwide.

California's Climate Revolution: Could It Change the National Conversation?

Preeti Vissa | Posted 09.06.2014 | Green
Preeti Vissa

Largely under the radar of national and even local media, California has begun a quiet revolution in climate policy that could change the whole national conversation about curbing global warming.

EPA's Proposed Greenhouse Gas Regulation: Why Are Conservatives Attacking Its Market-Based Options?

Robert Stavins | Posted 08.10.2014 | Green
Robert Stavins

Today that "scorched-earth" approach may have come back to haunt conservatives. Have they now boxed themselves into a corner, unable to support the power of the marketplace to reduce their own states' compliance costs under the new EPA CO2 regulation? I hope not, but only time will tell.

5 Reasons California Latinos Should Care About Clean Fuels

Jorge Madrid | Posted 07.21.2014 | Latino Voices
Jorge Madrid

While Latinos account for 39 percent of California's population, they are disproportionately exposed to dangerous air quality, health impacts, and adverse economic risk from dirty fuels.

California's Cap-and-Trade Program -- More Than Just a Solution for California

Gary Gero | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green
Gary Gero

Throughout the world California has a well-deserved reputation for leadership and innovation. Our efforts to combat climate change continue this tradition of leadership.

Can Nature Save us From Climate Change?

The Nature Conservancy in California | Posted 10.09.2013 | Green
The Nature Conservancy in California

Nature is a powerful tool right at our fingertips offering tangible results. Conserving our natural resources gets to the root of the problem. If we reduce carbon pollution, we will reduce the increasing impacts of climate change.

Making History on Climate Change

Preeti Vissa | Posted 08.07.2013 | Green
Preeti Vissa

Altogether, the provisions of SB 605 may turn out to be nearly as historic as California's original climate change law, shaping it into a sharply-focused attack on pollution that will build healthy, prosperous communities in places that are now struggling.

The Way Forward

Lawrence Bender | Posted 05.05.2013 | Green
Lawrence Bender

While it doesn't have the headline-grabbing power of a big global treaty or act of Congress, the fact is that we are living in the midst of massive, decentralized, grassroots-up problem solving on climate.

Five Things You Should Know About Ozone Depleting Substances in California's Cap-and-trade Program

Gary Gero | Posted 02.03.2013 | Green
Gary Gero

California's cap-and-trade program incorporates the use of carbon offsets generated from the destruction of ozone depleting substances (ODS) to help the state meet its goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

California's Cap-and-Trade May Solve State's Budget Problems

Ann Carlson | Posted 01.12.2013 | Green
Ann Carlson

The biggest news out of California may be that the supermajority could solve our budget problems without raising any new taxes or cutting existing programs.

California Climate Policy: Good for the Environment, Good for Business

Ann Carlson | Posted 12.20.2011 | Green
Ann Carlson

While the rest of the nation does little to combat climate change, California is showing the country -- indeed the world -- how to craft sophisticated climate policy that will cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Cap and Trade Is So 2009: Time for an Alternative?

Mike Sandler | Posted 08.21.2011 | Green
Mike Sandler

California's reconsideration of carbon pricing provides a chance to create an alternative that can serve as a model for the world.

Legislature Sends Sweeping Renewable Energy Bill To Jerry Brown | 3:04 PM | Posted 05.29.2011 | Los Angeles

California would vastly increase its commitment to wind, solar, geothermal and other renewable energy under legislation that cleared the Legislature o...

Pursuing Real Environmental Justice in California

Robert Stavins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert Stavins

All in all, cap-and-trade serves the goal of environmental justice better than the alternatives. This progressive policy instrument merits a central place in the arsenal of weapons California employs.

Defeating Prop 23 Is a National Issue, Not Just a California Issue

Peter Glatzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Peter Glatzer

The passing of Prop 23 would turn the clock backwards on the support of clean technology companies in the state, on green jobs, on emissions standards, and it would send a message to the rest of the country that if California can't do it, nobody can.

Jerry Brown's Energy Plan Right for California

Steve Westly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Westly

This piece was coauthored by George Wagner. As Californians, we have two clear paths before us - one as a leader in clean technology and the other as...

Litmus Test: California Voters to Determine Fate of Climate Change Bill

Tina Gerhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Tina Gerhardt

A number of regional agreements in the united States and Canada limit greenhouse gas emissions. What's stopping them from becoming national legislation? Corporate interests.