We sent plastic bag ban and electric vehicle legislation to Gov. Brown

California lawmakers passed two groundbreaking bills to protect our water, air and beautiful places: a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags and a new program to put a million electric vehicles on California’s roads. Right now, we’re working to make sure Gov. signs both bills.

Report | Environment California Research & Policy Center

Leading the Way Toward a Cleaner Ocean

Out in the Pacific Ocean, plastic debris churns in a soup called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch – an area twice the size of Texas where plastic bits outweigh plankton. Plastic pollution persists for hundreds of years, and can kill turtles, seabirds and other marine animals.
Throw-away plastic bags are a significant part of the problem. To reduce ocean pollution and protect the environment, more than 80 national and local governments across the planet have taken official action to ban throw-away plastic bags or to establish fees or taxes on such bags.

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Ounce for Ounce, La Mesa Tops the County for Solar Power Production

La Mesa is the Jewel of the Sun as well, it seems. A new report says our city ranks first in San Diego County—and 29th in the state—for solar power production per resident for cities of at least 50,000 population.

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News Release | Environment California

President Obama Expected to Stand Up to Big Oil on Keystone XL Pipeline

SACRAMENTO– According to media reports, President Obama and the State Department today will reject an effort to force administration approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. Environment California issued this statement in response:

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San Diego tops state in solar use

"It's no longer just liberal coastal homeowners going solar," said Bernadette Del Chiaro, director of the research and policy center's clean energy programs. "It's really conservative areas, really liberal areas and everywhere in between."

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News Release | Environment California Research & Policy Center

California Clean Energy Funding Approved for 2012

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) decided to extend funding to critical energy efficiency, renewable energy, and research & development programs through 2012.

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