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

Bipartisan Support for Renewable Energy Bill

SACRAMENTO – In a rare showing of bipartisan support for clean energy, AB 864 (Huffman) passed out of the Assembly Utilities & Commerce Committee yesterday afternoon. Backing the bill was an even rarer coalition of environmentalists working alongside large manufacturers who want to invest in green energy as a way to comply with the state’s global warming law, AB 32.

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News Release | Environment California

Environment California Makes Greening Home Simple

Celebrating Earth Day, Environment California released a new guide designed to help Californians green up their homes and save money at the same time. The web-based guide, Plug into Clean Energy, gives consumers simple tips for improving the energy performance of their homes and workplaces, lowering energy bills and reducing air pollution.

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News Release | Environment California

Environment California Makes Greening Home Simple

Sacramento — Celebrating Earth Day, Environment California released a new guide designed to help Californians green up their homes and save money at the same time. The web-based guide, Plug into Clean Energy, gives consumers simple tips for improving the energy performance of their homes and workplaces, lowering energy bills and reducing air pollution.

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Gov. Brown signs law requiring 33% of energy be renewable by 2020

The California law increases a previous mandate of 20% renewable energy by 2020. U.S. energy secretary calls the law a model for other states, and an industry group says it could create 100,000 jobs.

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News Release | Environment California

Brown Signs Renewable Energy Mandate

Taking a giant step forward down the path toward repowering California with clean, renewable energy, Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 2X (Simitian) the 33% by 2020 Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) bill today. The clean energy mandate is the strongest in the country and environmental advocates celebrated its potential to provide cleaner air, green jobs and greater energy security for the state.

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