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Steve Westly is the former California State Controller. He currently runs The Westly Group, one of the larger clean tech venture capital firms in the U.S., and is a delegate to the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.

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Washington Should Follow California's Lead on Political Reform

(2) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 6:10 PM

We have just witnessed a sad chapter in America's exceptional history. Both major parties became stuck in partisan gridlock trying to deal with the demands of a faction of one party. All of this occurring while foreign powers openly debated how much longer they want to depend on the U.S....

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Julius Genachowski Is Government's Unsung Hero

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2013 | 5:19 PM

People love to criticize the federal government for its shortcomings, and they're often right to do so. However, there are the occasional heroes in government that deserve recognition. One of them, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski, stepped down last week after four remarkable years.

Most...

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Getting the Record Straight on Health Care Reform

(3) Comments | Posted March 8, 2013 | 1:41 PM

This article was coauthored with Steve Westly.

Many people criticize the Affordable Care Act (sometimes called Obamacare) with misleading and factually incorrect implications. But distortions, repeated often enough, too often come to be taken as truth. It is important, therefore, to be clear on the many virtues of ACA and...

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Getting the Record Straight on Health Care Reform

(4) Comments | Posted March 7, 2013 | 8:36 AM

Many people criticize the Affordable Care Act (sometimes called Obamacare) with misleading and factually incorrect implications. But distortions, repeated often enough, too often come to be taken as truth. It is important, therefore, to be clear on the many virtues of ACA and its effects on employees.

One criticism...

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It's Time to Reconsider Energy Subsidies

(54) Comments | Posted March 16, 2012 | 10:53 AM

Our country is in the midst of a great debate on how to reduce our national debt. This is an important discussion for all of us to have.

As part of this conversation, we should carefully examine the subsidies for different forms of energy production -- fossil fuels and...

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President Obama Following Roosevelt's Lead on Foreign Policy

(3) Comments | Posted January 23, 2012 | 4:18 PM

In December, President Obama laid out his economic and social values in a speech in Osawatomie, Kansas, the site of President Theodore Roosevelt's "New Nationalism" speech that railed against the greed of corporate America and was a pillar of the Progressive movement. The intent was clear -- to draw a...

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California Will Rise Again

(6) Comments | Posted July 12, 2011 | 10:37 PM

California has had a rough year.

A $19 billion budget deficit resulted in significant cuts to state services. Unemployment remains at 11.9% and California has the third highest foreclosure rate in the nation.

Is it time to write-off California as an overly liberal social experiment destined to fail in the...

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Jerry Brown's Energy Plan Right for California

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2010 | 7:14 PM

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 a follower.

These two paths coincide with the gubernatorial campaign between Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman. Even today, as California continues...

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Clean Energy is Key to California's Future

(5) Comments | Posted February 5, 2010 | 12:21 PM

Yesterday will either be remembered as a funny aberration or the moment the flat earth society changed the course of California and perhaps American history. Yesterday, a coalition of well-heeled industrial interests launched a ballot initiative to suspend California's landmark energy and climate security law (AB 32). We might laugh...

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Copenhagen Climate Summit Already a Success

(3) Comments | Posted December 16, 2009 | 11:53 AM

For the last several weeks, pundits have been bemoaning the prospect that the nations of the world will likely not be signing a comprehensive treaty at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. The simple fact is that Copenhagen has already succeeded beyond any reasonable expectations.

Of course, global warming...

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