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Breaking Free of Big Oil: Despite Oil Company Opposition, California is Moving Toward a Cleaner Future

August 26, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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California and Big Oil

The results of California’s latest cap-and-trade auction were released, marking another milestone in the state’s landmark climate and clean energy law, AB 32, which put limits on harmful climate pollution. But playing out in the background, the oil industry’s long-running campaign against AB 32 continues to escalate.[read more]

Americans Increasingly Believe There Is Proof of Global Warming

October 31, 2012 by Kristin Eberhard
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Another national poll confirms that Americans increasingly believe there is solid evidence of global warming and that human activities are mostly to blame for climate change.In the second such survey released this month, the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press reported that 67 percent of U.S. residents now believe the...[read more]

Window Film: An Energy Savings Superhero?

March 15, 2012 by Nathanael Baker
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To the casual observer, energy efficiency means very little, that is until they see the cost savings associated with making tweaks to their homes and businesses.  According to a new report, one energy retrofit may be more efficient than the rest. Who's thought of installing window film on their windows lately?  Well, the...[read more]

EJ Lawsuit Against Implementation of California’s AB 32 Climate Policy Wrongheaded

May 23, 2011 by Robert Stavins

On May 20th, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Ernest Goldsmith ruled that the California Air Resources Board had not adequately explained its choice of a market-based mechanism –  a cap-and-trade system  — to achieve approximately 20 percent of targeted emissions reductions by 2020 under Assembly Bill 32, the Global Warming...[read more]

California embraces cap and trade

December 20, 2010 by Joseph Romm

This last Thursday, California regulators voted to approve the basic fundamentals of the cap and trade system that will implement the state’s landmark 2006 Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32).  Under the law, the California Air Resources Board (“CARB”) is to develop a set of regulations to implement the law itself. These...[read more]

Score: Smart Grid – 1, Proposition 23 – 0

November 8, 2010 by Christine Hertzog

California voters convincingly voted down the attempt by certain oil companies to abandon clean air legislation to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions first enacted back in 2006.  The vote breakdown shows that regardless of party affiliation, voters in all but 17 of the state’s 58 counties rejected this proposition summed up...[read more]

Federal cap-and-trade may be non-starter, but AB 32 and WCI kept alive

November 2, 2010 by Tyler Hamilton

With Tea Party-backed Republicans now controlling the U.S. House the already slim chance of getting cap-and-trade legislation over the next two years is now razor thin, but the outcome in California — with Democrat Jerry Brown winning as governor and Dem. Barbara Boxer keeping her senate seat, as well as Proposition 23 being...[read more]

Climate change action under threat in Toronto, and come next Tuesday possibly Ontario if Prop 23 is accepted in Cali

October 28, 2010 by Tyler Hamilton

My latest Clean Break column, which appears in Friday’s Toronto Star but has already been published online, looks at the next election Torontonians and the rest of Ontario’s citizens have to worry about, this one in California on Nov. 2. That’s assuming, of course, that you believe climate change is happening, believe human activity...[read more]

Obama, Gates, Gore oppose Prop 23, No on 23 lead widens

October 22, 2010 by Todd Woody
photos: americanprogressaction, jmtimages, and jurvetson

As a new poll showed that nearly half of likely California voters now oppose Proposition 23, the ballot measure that would suspend the state’s global warming law, heavy hitters from President Obama to Al Gore and Bill Gates came out against the initiative on Wednesday.[read more]

James Cameron, Gordon Moore take on California’s Prop 23

October 18, 2010 by Todd Woody

I wrote this story for Grist, where it first appeared. Have the Texas oil companies backing Proposition 23 surrendered in the fundraising battle over the ballot measure that would suspend California’s global warming law? Since Thursday, the No on 23 forces have raised more than $7.3 million as the Silicon Valley-Hollywood-environmental-...[read more]

Guest Post: Ontario Eco Commissioner Gord Miller on California’s Prop 23 and why Ontario should care

October 18, 2010 by Tyler Hamilton

Arnold Schwarzenegger? Proposition 23? What do they have to do with Ontario as we hunker down for another long, cold winter, you ask? Well, on November 2, California voters – along with voters in 35 other U.S. states – go to the polls to elect their governor in the U.S. mid-term elections. November 2 could be a watershed day for carbon...[read more]

Big Green outspends Big Oil in California’s Prop 23 fight

October 11, 2010 by Todd Woody

In The New York Times on Monday, I write about how opponents of Proposition 23, the California ballot measure that would suspend the state’s global warming law, are outspending the oil industry interests backing the initiative: At the start of the campaign for California’s Proposition 23, the ballot measure that would suspend the state’...[read more]

To Lead or Not to Lead: The Results of Prop 23 Will Offer A Peak Into the Future of America

October 7, 2010 by Nathanael Baker

California is America's shining beacon for clean energy development; however, proposed legislation -- Prop 23 -- could threaten the future of this burgeoning renewable energy market. The Los Angeles Times reports California is not only the number one destination for investments in alternative energy statup companies in the United States...[read more]

California Prop. 23 vs. A.B. 32

October 7, 2010 by Geoffrey Styles
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Aside from the question of which party will control the House and Senate for the next two years, next month's mid-term elections also feature a number of important state contests, including California's closely-watched Proposition 23, a ballot initiative that would suspend enforcement of the state's major greenhouse gas legislation,...[read more]

AB 32, RGGI, and Climate Change: The National Context of State Policies for a Global Commons Problem

October 1, 2010 by Robert Stavins
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Why should anyone be interested in the national context of a state policy?  In the case of California’s Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32), the answer flows directly from the very nature of the problem — global climate change, the ultimate global commons problem.  Greenhouse gases (GHGs) uniformly mix in the atmosphere....[read more]