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

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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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News Release | Environment California

California Clean Energy Funding Approved for 2012

San Francisco, CA – The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) decided yesterday to extend funding to critical energy efficiency, renewable energy, and research & development programs through 2012. This decision follows Governor Brown’s request in September that the CPUC determine a means of financing the programs funded to date under the Public Goods Charge – one of the country’s largest and most successful clean energy initiatives, which the California legislature failed to renew beyond 2011. 

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News Release | Environment California Research & Policy Center

Broad Coalition Calls on Gov. Brown to Preserve and Expand Net Metering

A broad coalition of local leaders, clean energy businesses, green jobs advocates, consumer and environmental organizations, wrote to Governor Brown to express strong support for the preservation of California’s current net metering program and to ask for his help in lifting the cap on net metering to ensure that this policy continues to play a leading role in achieving the Governor's goal of building 12 GW of localized renewable energy by 2020.

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News Release | Environment California

Broad coalition calls on Gov. Brown to preserve and expand net metering

December 12, 2011

The Honorable Governor Jerry Brown
California State Capitol
Sacramento, CA 95814

Re: Keep California’s Bright Spot Shining: Preserve and Expand California’s Net Metering Program

Dear Governor Brown:

As a broad coalition of local leaders, clean energy businesses, green jobs advocates, consumer and environmental organizations, we are writing to express our strong support for the preservation of California’s current net metering program and to ask for your help in lifting the cap on net metering to ensure that this policy continues to play a leading role in achieving your goal of building 12 GW of localized renewable energy by 2020.  

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