California Tackles Climate Change

Climate Solutions Special Issue
A version of this article appears in the Climate Solutions Special Issue issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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January 01, 2008
Climate change is the most important environmental and economic concern of this century. Period. And reducing greenhouse gas emissions, specifically carbon dioxide (CO2), is the only way to slow this change. It is the only way to minimize the projected environmental impact of climate change—an impact that threatens the robust economy of California and the quality of California’s environment. While one state alone cannot stabilize the world’s climate, California has a reputation as a proving ground for new technology and for new ideas that other states can adopt. California lived up to this reputation with AB 32, the landmark law that Governor Schwarzenegger signed in 2006, which compels the state to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 29% by 2020. The law set the bar for energy and air quality programs; it put reducing CO2 squarely front and center of government and business agendas. Many businesses and individuals are eager to help California achieve its goals, but they need a clear course of action. The recently released 2007 Integrated Energy Policy Report tells businesses, consumers, and decision makers how they can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help the state to reach its goals. One in eight Americans—more than 37 ...

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