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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Cheap Hot Water? Just Add Sunshine

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Rebates for solar water heaters approved

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Solar water heaters get a $350-million boost in California

California regulators approved a $350-million rebate offer today to encourage homes and businesses to install water-heating systems powered by solar energy.

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California Takes Another Giant Step Toward Mainstream Solar Market

San Francisco – California took another major step toward meeting its goal of building a million solar roofs and making solar power a mainstream energy technology today with the adoption of a new $350 million rebate program for solar water heaters.

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California to Subsidize Solar Water Heaters

California regulators on Thursday approved a $350 million program to subsidize the installation of solar water heaters to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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