Global warming is real

Global warming, the most profound threat of our time, is happening now. For example, 2012 was the hottest year on record in the lower 48 states, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 

What’s more, we're is running out of time to prevent the worst impacts of global warming. Extreme weather like Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast, floods in the Midwest, and extreme drought and increased wildfires in the West are just some of the dangers of global warming that are cause for immediate action.  

California must lead 

The good news is that California has many tools at its fingertips to begin solving the problem. As the world’s 12th largest source of global warming pollution, California can make a world of a difference by continuing to undertake big initiatives to solve global warming. With more energy efficient homes and businesses, cars that go farther on a gallon of gas, and renewable energy like wind, solar and geothermal, we can begin to sharply reduce global warming pollution. Add to that an economy-wide cap on carbon pollution that puts a price on the right to pollute our air, and you have a viable strategy for solving the world’s trickiest problem. 

With your activism and our advocacy, we can solve global warming

We’re working to promote the most practical solutions to global warming, like cleaner cars and clean energy — solutions that not only reduce air pollution, but create jobs as well. 

We’re also working to make sure that the state’s biggest polluters pay for the damage they inflict on our environment, and we just won a major breakthrough: The California Air Resources Board just finalized the nation’s first ever economy-wide cap and trade program to drive down global warming pollution. We’re working to make sure that fees from the program are reinvested in our communities, helping Californians shift to a clean energy economy. 

At the same time, thousands of you have joined the fight to cut global warming pollution. Across the state, you’re calling or emailing your decision-makers, signing petitions, and spreading the word to your friends and family.

Your activism and our advocacy are a powerful combination. In 2010, California voters overwhelming rejected the oil industry’s attempt at reversing California’s landmark global warming law, AB 32, with Proposition 23, the dirty energy initiative. This was a huge success, but the oil industry and their allies are not giving up — and neither can we.

We need you to get involved if we’re going to truly solve global warming. If enough of us speak out, we can shift to a clean energy future in which the problem of global warming is a page in history books. Join our campaign by taking action today.

Clean Energy updates

News Release | Environment California Research & Policy Center

Elected Officials, Businesses and Environmental Groups Launch Unprecedented Solar Campaign for L.A.

Gathered on the top floor of City Hall, with a vast expanse of Los Angeles rooflines in plain view, a broad coalition of elected officials, leading businesses, public health professionals, environmental groups and veterans rallied behind an unparalleled goal to make Los Angeles the nation’s solar power leader. The group is calling on Los Angeles to meet 20 percent of its energy needs with rooftop solar power by 2020 and gathered today, in part, to release a new Environment California Research & Policy Center report, Solar in the Southland, detailing the environmental and economic benefits of rooftop solar for Los Angeles.

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With Help From Nature, a Town Aims to Be a Solar Capital

 “Lancaster is breaking new ground,” said Michelle Kinman, a clean energy advocate at Environment California, a research and lobbying group. Ms. Kinman, who tracks the growth of solar energy in the state, calculates that the city tripled the number of residential installations in the past 18 months.

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Lancaster's Solar Leadership

The city of Lancaster, in the Antelope Valley, basks in sun for a good portion of the year. Now it's become the first city in the nation to mandate that homeowners take advantage of all that sun with solar roofing. Guest host Tess Vigeland speaks with the city's mayor tonight and asks how he's planning to make it affordable for residents. Environment California Research & Policy Center's clean energy advocate Michelle Kinman also provides commentary and makes the case for the next mayor of Los Angeles to make solar power a top priority.

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California Facing Rolling Blackouts Because of Green Energy?

The Fox Business program "Money with Melissa Francis" claims that California is facing an electricity crisis due to the state’s alleged overreliance on renewable energy. Environment California Research & Policy Center's clean energy advocate Michelle Kinman argued on air that California’s diverse mixture of renewable energy is in fact making our electricity grid more reliable and that the only question now is how to ramp up the state’s renewable energy fast enough to replace the state’s fleet of old, dirty fossil fuel and nuclear power plants.

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CLIMATE CHANGE: Warnings from Schwarzenegger, Environment California

Warnings about the drastic consequences of climate change have come from two directions this week — a draft version of a National Climate Assessment issued by the U.S. Global Change Research Program, and “In the Path of the Storm,” a report by Environment California about the consequences of climate change already observed in the United States.

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