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GOVERNOR SIGNS OUR PLASTIC BAG BILL

California is the first state to ban single-use plastic bags. When this law goes into effect in July 2015, we’ll take billions of plastic bags out of our environment. That means cleaner rivers and a safer future for sea turtles and other ocean wildlife.

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Study: State government support leads to more solar installations

A study released today “Lighting the Way: What We Can Learn from America’s Top 12 Solar States” by the Environment California Research & Policy Center finds the states with government policies and government programs supporting solar tend to have far more solar installed than other states.

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California Ranks Among Top Six Solar States

The report from Environment California shows solar capacity in the state grew by 35-percent in 2012. It now has almost 3,000 megawatts. That’s enough to power an estimated 600-thousand homes. Michelle Kinman with Environment California says it’s not the availability of sunlight that puts states in the lead, but similar public policies that support solar energy.

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News Release | Environment California

Bill to Expand Yosemite Heard in Senate

Washington – The U.S. Senate Subcommittee on National Parks’ hearing today included a bill to expand Yosemite National Park. The proposal, sponsored by Senator Dianne Feinstein and co-sponsored by Senator Barbara Boxer, would permit adding nearly 1,600 acres to the park. This proposal enjoys both local and statewide support in California.  The Board of Supervisors in Mariposa County, where the land is located, supports adding this parcel to Yosemite, as do the current landowners.  In addition, the California State Legislature unanimously passed a resolution supporting the expansion earlier this year.

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California ranks among top six solar states

"The sky's the limit on solar energy," said Michelle Kinman, clean energy advocate for Environment California, one of the group's 29 state affiliates. "California's progress should make us confident that we can do much more."

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Report | Environment California Research & Policy Center

Lighting the Way

America’s solar energy revolution has been led by 12 states – the “Dazzling Dozen” – that have used public policies to open the door for solar energy and are reaping the rewards as a result. These 12 states – Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina and Vermont – possess strong policies that are enabling increasing numbers of homeowners, businesses, communities and utilities to “go solar.”

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