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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Encourage delivery trucks to go electric to clean the air

By prioritizing the use of electric trucks, we can meet the state's goal of reducing diesel-particulate-matter emissions by 85 percent by 2020. California already has more electric vehicles on the road than any state, but the transition is slow and not nearly enough.

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1 Million Electric Vehicles in California? A Look at the State of the State

That "million electric vehicles" statement is a verbatim nod to a campaign called "Charge Ahead California," a coalition of grassroots and mainstream green groups that is in fact pushing for a million electric cars in the state. Considering that there are close to 20 million cars registered in the state at the moment, that seems a fairly reasonable short-term goal, but it's still quite a bit beyond the 50,000 or so electric cars now plying the state's roadways.

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News Release | Environment California Research & Policy Center

“We’re on our way to a million electric vehicles”

SACRAMENTO – As part of his 2014 State of the State address this morning, Governor Edmund G. Brown included a full-throated endorsement of one of the chief objectives of the Charge Ahead California campaign, putting one million cars, trucks and buses on California’s roads. The support comes on the heels of the Governor’s January 9th budget proposal, which included up to $200 million in proceeds from the state’s cap and trade auctions to support electric vehicles programs.

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News Release | Environment California

Statements on Electric Vehicles Provisions in the Governor's 2014-2015 Budget

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown introduced his 2014-2015 state budget proposal at a Capitol news conference this morning. The budget summary designates up to $200 million in proceeds from the state’s cap and trade auctions to advance the objectives of the Charge Ahead California campaign to put one million electric cars, trucks and buses on the road and make sure that every Californian enjoys the benefits of cleaner air and roads.

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News Release | Environment California Research & Policy Center

New Report: Wind Energy Yields Major Environmental Benefits for California; Reducing Pollution and Saving Water

Sacramento – Wind energy is on the rise and is providing huge environmental benefits for the state, according to a new report released today by Environment California Research & Policy Center. California’s wind energy is already avoiding more than 6 million metric tons of climate-altering carbon pollution – the equivalent of taking 1.3 million cars off the road, while saving 2.7 billion gallons of water per year – enough to meet the needs of 59,000 people.

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