Plans for the use of revenue thus far haven't been pretty. Governor Jerry Brown borrowed from the Cap & Trade funds to plug a budget deficit, and then pledged millions toward the foundering high-speed rail project.
What's the explanation for so many Americans becoming prisoners of the moment and ignoring strong scientific trends and the scientific community? Can a cool summer day or cloudy weekend really sway public opinion this much?
State and federal policies have helped deploy renewable energy in CA, yielding cleaner air, fewer greenhouse gas emissions and new jobs. But we'll need to scale up energy storage technology and ongoing efforts to design efficient, effective policy.
By taking leadership in the fight against global climate change and building a new, clean energy economy, California is doing what California has always done best: creating the future. And that is a puzzle we all need to work together to solve.
Last week's report provides the best evidence to date that California businesses offer widespread expertise in actions that reduce climate change pollution and can provide the assistance needed to transition to a clean and efficient economy.
The California state legislature is almost down to the last week of its yearly session, with little to show for it other than big budget cuts early in the year. Any real action on the economy? That would be no.
Of the current Congress, 204 members have participated as a member of or an adult volunteer in the Boy Scouts. So how is it that so many former scouts forget the one thing the Boy Scouts hoped they'd remember?
The latest UN global climate summit is underway in Cancun with little progress in store, despite 2010 turning out to be perhaps the hottest year on record. That makes the moves underway in California even more significant.