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Via Wikipedia / California's $2.9 trillion economy is larger than that of any other state, larger than those of Texas and Florida combined.

California is the largest sub-national economy in the world. If it were a country, California would be the 5th largest economy in the world (larger than the United Kingdom, France, or India)



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California Acts to Ban the Sale of New Gasoline Cars

The decision, to take effect by 2035, will very likely speed a wider transition to electric vehicles because many other states follow California’s standards

After the California Air Resources Board approved Thursday regulations that ban the sale of new gas-engine vehicles by 2035, requiring all new cars to run on electricity or hydrogen, California Gov. Gavin Newsom told ABC News he was confident that more states would do the same to help combat climate change.


It’s hard to overstate the significance of California’s move this week to end the sale of new gas-powered cars.

The California Air Resources Board’s vote Thursday setting a firm 2035 deadline is huge and consequential for climate change, air quality and health. The nation’s most populated and worst-polluted state is the first to adopt rules that will finally stop adding gas-fueled passenger vehicles to its roads.

The end of the internal combustion engine era, and the toll on our lungs and our planet, is finally on the horizon.

This regulation will require automakers to sell increasing percentages of zero-emission and plug-in hybrid vehicles starting with 35% of new car sales in 2026, reaching 68% in 2030 and 100% by 2035. Zero-emission vehicles account for 16.5% of California’s new sales today, a rate that leads the nation but lags behind Europe and China. So these rules help reestablish California’s climate leadership, putting it in step with other leading nations and making it one of the first — and the largest — vehicle markets in the world to require 100% of new sales be zero emissions.

It’s a pivotal moment for a state that has been shaped for decades, often negatively, by automobiles and the health-damaging pollution they generate.

More on California's decision to drive forward into a new world of transportation



August 24, 2022

Democrats Designed the Climate Law to Be a Game Changer

Via the NY Times | 08/22/2022




CO2 as a Pollutant

Climate legislation signed into law this month by President Joe Biden bolsters EPA’s ability to regulate greenhouse gases

In a first, climate law defines CO2 as air pollutant

In enacting a sweeping climate measure, analysts said Biden and congressional Democrats signaled a desire for EPA to tackle greenhouse gas emissions. Firming up EPA’s legal footing also is a boost for an agency that has faced court challenges from conservatives who question EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. That authority rests on Massachusetts v. EPA, a 2007 Supreme Court decision that found the agency is required to regulate CO2 as a pollutant dangerous to public health.



08/24/2022 / Via The Atlantic

by Robinson Meyer

While it’s true that the IRA itself consists almost only of carrots, that is not true of the broader structure of American climate law. There is, in fact, a big “stick” for tackling carbon pollution already on the books in the United States, as well as an agency tasked with wielding that stick. I’m talking about the Clean Air Act and the EPA. And the IRA, by design, strengthens the government’s ability to wield that stick.

It does this in at least two ways. The first is that the IRA confirms that carbon dioxide is a type of air pollution covered by the Clean Air Act, as initially reported by The New York Times earlier this week.

This has broader consequences than it might seem. In 2007, the Supreme Court ruled in Massachusetts v. EPA that carbon dioxide counted as an air pollutant, and that, if the EPA decided that CO2 harmed human health and the environment, it could regulate CO2 under the Clean Air Act. That ruling—and the EPA’s official determination, a few years later, that CO2 is dangerous—has anchored the agency’s climate regulations on cars and trucks, and its proposed rules for the power grid.

But then in June, the Court circumscribed some of the EPA’s authority over the power grid. Conservative justices have harped on the fact that Congress has never clearly delegated the power to regulate greenhouse gases to the EPA.

Now it has. The IRA repeatedly defines greenhouse gas as a form of air pollution. It amends several sections of the Clean Air Act to define “greenhouse gas” as encompassing “the air pollutants carbon dioxide, hydrofluorocarbons, methane, nitrous oxide, perfluorocarbons, and sulfur hexafluoride.” In another section, it grants money under the Clean Air Act for any project that “reduces or avoids greenhouse gas emissions and other forms of air pollution.”

Congress has now clearly spoken: Carbon dioxide is a form of air pollution. And though this will not undo this year’s ruling, it buttresses the EPA’s underlying legal authority to regulate climate pollution.


The EPA Just Quietly Got Stronger


More on CO2 and Greenhouse Gases as Pollutants to be Regulated under Law


Your GreenPolicy360 Founder/Siterunner's thoughts:

To the Supreme Court: Here is the exacting and specific language about CO2 and air 'pollutants'

Over the years, and on our GreenPolicy360 site, I have shared my knowledge of the formation of the Environmental Protection Agency, the Clean Air Act, the first era of environmental protection legislation and the first National Climate Act. My long time friend Congressman George E Brown from East Los Angeles, a principal drafter of enabling legislation during the 1970s/80s/90s, and activist member and a chair of the House of Representative oversight committee of science, technology, and earth science/atmospheric science space programs, was a mover and shaker who shared with me many of his thoughts and initiatives. Over the years, until his passing in 1999, I learned about the legislation and *the intent* of the legislation that he and his colleagues were drafting. His/their language, for example, the definitions of pollutants, was intended to be broad and expansive. The definition of air pollution in the Clean Air Act, for example, addressed health and safety, and protection of life ... They know that the science of the day would become more empirically defined as atmospheric and earth science they were setting in motion w NASA/NOAA and USGS missions was supported, funded, launched and reported. The empirical data, as they planned, was collected and analyzed over the years and decades and the scientific case became clearer and clearer. CO2 and other greenhouse gases were impacting air quality and atmospheric disruption was forcing climate change. The U.S. Supreme Court, unfortunately for years, was unable to accept the intent and language of the legislators on this critically important work. Recently, with the Massachusetts v. EPA 2007 Supreme Court decision and now with the signing of clarifying 2022 legislative language, the climate action work will gather scope and speed at the federal agencies, especially at the EPA.

When Congressman Brown drafted originating legislation establishing a national climate change research program via the National Climate Program Act of 1978, the scientific community and nation were just beginning to awaken to a new national security threat. I remember his concern, our concern. He was trained as a scientist, an engineer, with an ability to see facts and data sets in a way others could not.

Representative Brown was out in front of "Big Science". In his decades on the House Science, Space & Technology Committee, he worked to expand the reach of science. He knew that good data enabled good policy decisions. He pressed for first-generation earth science satellites and ongoing earth monitoring missions and data sharing.

Among his many initiatives, George Brown was a key figure in proposing, establishing, and then saving the Landsat program and its unique 'open-access' database of Earth Science imaging when President Reagan attempted to shut Landsat down. Landsat was a model for all the following earth science research missions from space and is now moving into its fifth decade with Landsat 9.

Rep. George E. Brown, an activist member and for many years chair of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

At the beginning of the 'space race', the House Committee on Science and Aeronautics was created by the 85th Congress in 1957 to oversee the newly-created National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The Science and Aeronautics Committee was the first committee since 1892 to be established for an entirely new area of jurisdiction. The committee’s jurisdiction over the years has expanded to include most civilian non-medical scientific research throughout the government, including National space policy, Earth remote sensing policy; Space commercialization, including commercial space activities relating to the Department of Transportation and the Department of Commerce, the National Science Foundation, the Energy Department, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), EPA, NOAA and the Department of Homeland Security. (Informally known as the Science committee, the committee's name was change to the "Committee on Science and Technology" in 1974. At that time, the Committee’s jurisdiction was expanded to include legislation related to energy, the environment, the atmosphere, civil aviation research and development, and the National Weather Service. The Committee on Science and Technology was also given a "special oversight" function providing for exclusive responsibility among all Congressional Standing Committees to review and study, on a continuing basis, all laws, programs and government activities involving Federal non-military research and development. In its early years, the Committee was an important partner in the Apollo Program that led to a man landing on the moon and strengthening science education and scientific research. After the Committee’s role expanded, the Committee has played an important role in much of the legislation Congress has considered dealing with domestic and international science, technology, standards, and competitiveness. In the 112th Congress, Chairman Hall changed the Committee's name to the "Committee on Science, Space and Technology."

Via Wikipedia /

California Congressman George Brown was known as a champion for science. He left behind a deep and expansive legacy that has shaped science and science policy in America. Among some of his many accomplishments during his service on the House Science Committee:

Established the first federal climate change research program in the Federal Climate Program Act of 1978

Established the Office of Science and Technology Policy

Established the Environmental Protection Agency

Established the Office of Technology Assessment

George Brown on the Omnibus Environmental Bill, 1969

@GreenPolicy360, 'The beginning of the modern environmental era'

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August 16, 2022


President Biden Signs Landmark Climate Bill into Law

Statement by the President of the Union of Concerned Scientists


President Joe Biden today signed into law the largest climate bill in U.S. history. This bill will go a long way toward reducing emissions and building the clean energy economy of the future, advancing the ongoing work of fighting climate change and lingering harms from fossil fuel extraction and use, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).

Today is a landmark day for the country and for the climate. The signing of this bill marks a win for future generations who deserve our best efforts to secure a safer and healthier world. It’s a success that belongs to the activists, researchers, and organizers who have fought tirelessly against powerful opposition to make sure that policymakers take action to address the very real and present danger that climate change poses to all of us.

This new law is a huge step forward. It’s also one step in a long, crucial effort to reduce the threat of climate change and build a new, clean, and equitable economy. More attention is still needed to address provisions included in the bill that could perpetuate harms communities face from fossil fuel pollution. The administration must follow up today’s signing with strong environmental and public health rules that will help speed the transition to clean energy and reduce pollution that especially harms Black, Brown, Indigenous and low-income communities. Congress, state governments and the private sector must also redouble efforts to ensure that the nation can meet its climate goals. Today’s bill signing marks a success--one that we must build on in the months and years to come.


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August 7, 2022

Steve Schmidt / GreenPolicy360 Siterunner / Founder: 50+ years working on it, starting when George Brown showed me an xray of the lungs of a Los Angeles child growing up (and dying) in 1950s LA smog... back then, in East LA/Monterey Park, George started explaining the work he intended to do, as a trained physicist and engineer and newly elected Congressperson, to clean up the air in Calif and the US, and do the atmospheric/earth science needed.... in 1978 he pushed thru the first National Climate Act, he was principal drafter of it and a mover/shaker who acted to get the EPA established and orig NASA earth science missions set in motion... I watched and was involved as he shepherded it all from his Congressional oversight com't in the 70s/80s/90s -- Here's to George's vision and his legacy... to the memory of George E Brown #PlanetCitizen

Congressman Brown's work advanced environmental air quality and clean air legislation. He introduced the nation's first bill to ban lead in gasoline and was at the forefront of the Clean Air Act. He attacked Los Angeles smog, some of the worst air quality of any city in the world at the time and the air standards that came out of California became models worldwide. He succeeded in clean air and water efforts, though rarely given credit given his quiet approach to accomplishing big picture goals.


EPA History

George was a key player in legislation founding the Environmental Protection Agency.

As the LA Times noted (without pomp or circumstance) in George's obituary in 1999: "He championed the creation of the federal Environmental Protection Agency". The creation of the EPA was in many ways Congressman George Brown's vision achieved..."

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As George and I worked over many years we both grew in our politics as together and separately we advocated for peace and environmental protection. Big science was at the center of much of George's future-looking agenda. He believed in green politics and was a mentor to me and many.... He became a leader in Congress from California who helped shape the modern environmental movement.

Environmental Laws, Models Going Forward

US National Environmental Policy Act, a "Magna Carta"

Beginning an Environmental Era of Laws and Protection

Today many of the actions of George Brown continue as models for citizens, cities and nations of the world. California and a green political/environmental protection movement that George helped to begin continue to be out in front with ideas to improve quality of life.

In our GreenPolicy360 work, George's work continues. Even as political opposition to environmental work, anti-nuclear work, anti-war work is at risk, as we look out at a strategic horizon with pressing demands, the foundations put in place by an earlier generation remain strong.

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The overall goal, Representative Brown would continue to explain in his Congressional Science, Space & Technology leadership roles over the decades, was to understand, preserve and protect our planet as we, humanity, develop the science to look beyond the Earth and study 'the heavens'. The Earth Science data, imaging of the home planet, was intended to be a trove for today's research of Earth's connected life-supporting systems and a 'longitudinal study', a timeline tracking dynamic changes in Earth systems over the years...

Here's to George Brown and the many visionaries, thinkers and doers who have carried on preserving and protecting our home planet.

SJS: It's been a long haul, but as my father taught me, 'never give up, ever'

It took 45+ yrs to pass real climate action called for in the 1970s w the first National Climate Act. Our #GreenPolicy360 network thanks Rep George E. Brown, a main mover at the beginning, who'd be smiling now if he were here ...

Five Decades in the Making: Why It Took Congress So Long to Act on Climate


Climate change in California: Governor Newsom calls for more aggressive climate action - CalMatters

Letter to President Biden


July 23, 2022

The President

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC 20500

Dear President Biden:

The climate crisis is accelerating at an alarming pace. To date, Congress has been unwilling to take comprehensive action, with key components of your climate agenda being held hostage by uncooperative Republicans and a lone Democrat from a coal-producing state who remains unwilling to accept the real-world consequences of Congressional inertia.

The events of the week underscore the practical and political obstacles we face. While record heat swept across Europe and North America, members of our own party announced intentions to thwart key parts of your climate agenda.

We must continue to move forward. We want to reiterate our commitment to working together to take the action climate change demands and finding new ways to work around those Senators who chose to keep their head in the sand instead of confronting the crisis we are all facing together. Partnering with California and other leading states and cities is now essential. Together we can take this approach to the next level.

Your Administration has stood shoulder to shoulder with California to address today’s new climate realities. From combating wildfires to supporting emerging technologies, you have been a true partner. Thank you for granting our Clean Air Act waiver for our key car standards which helped California lead the nation in setting ambitious and implementable clean vehicle standards. California is now home to almost half of our nation’s electric vehicles. Your leadership in passing the Rescue Plan and Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is allowing states like California to invest and act boldly on climate.

California stands as a proof point of how each state can drastically reduce carbon pollution and grow our economies. As Congress continues to stall on critical climate legislation and funding, California is ready to go further towards building a better future. Our state is dedicating $54 billion to climate action. Our regulatory agencies are moving forward on every front, including rules that will require all new cars sold be zero emissions in 2035. Yesterday I announced bold targets on offshore wind, carbon removal, and clean buildings and fuels. I plan to work with our partners in the California legislature in the coming weeks to accelerate our ambitious climate and clean energy goals. To help achieve these goals, we streamlined our permitting process for clean energy projects that deliver worker and community benefits.

In order for California to continue leading the world on climate action, we need the federal government to take strong measures on all pollution sources, including goods movement, which poses a major pollution threat to overburdened communities. California moves much of the nation’s freight and this year, we look forward to an ambitious final EPA truck rule aligned with California’s rule, as well as federal waivers to allow California to continue to set standards in this sector.

While Republicans and climate deniers in Congress continue to do the bidding of polluters, California and other leading states are taking action. Together we can meet the climate crisis with the urgency it requires. California, as a climate innovation and implementation juggernaut, is ready to stand with you to address this crisis head on.


Gavin Newsom Governor of California



$1.4 Billion Approved For Zero-Emissions Vehicles In California

Via CleanTechnica

California is the leading electric vehicle state in the US both for the total number of EVs and public EV chargers, so it’s not surprising that the California Energy Commission (CEC) recently approved $1.4 billion in funding to support zero emissions vehicles and the supportive infrastructure. (In this case, ZEV includes the use of hydrogen refueling infrastructure.) A CEC report from June 2021 stated California will need over one million EV chargers to accommodate the anticipated 7.5 million EVs in the state by 2030. The new $1.4 billion in CEC funding will help grow the number of EV chargers in California, amongst other efforts. Currently, there are about 73,000 EV public and shared chargers in California with another 123,000 planned to be installed by 2025.

Read an Interview with Patrick Brecht, Project Manager for the California 'Clean Transportation Program Investment Plan'


At the LA Auto Show

After all, this is California, one of the biggest EV markets in the world, where half of the US’s EVs are sold, where the electric revolution began...

GM pushed along by the trends, by Tesla and by California. GM is now 'all in on electrification'

From the GM CEO:

California Milestone, 1 Million EVs Sold: Tesla Played Huge Role

California is proving that its aggressive plans for the future are working

California plan" 80% EVs by 2035, 50-mile plug-in hybrids, tighter tailpipe emissions

California sets a template for potential federal regulation, but because with the restoration of California’s right to set its own emissions standards, it is likely to be the actual rule for the 12 states that have now adopted California ZEV policy.


E-Commerce Mega-Warehouses, a Smog Source, Face New Pollution Rule

A plan aimed at the nation’s largest cluster of warehouses is designed to spur electrification of pollution-spewing diesel trucks and could set a template for restrictions elsewhere.

The Los Angeles area has the nation’s largest concentration of warehouses, contributing to some of the worst air pollution in the country.

Via the NY Times

May 8, 2021

Operators of warehouses larger than 100,000 square feet (roughly two football fields) are required to earn points to make up for emissions from the trucks that come and go from the warehouses. Operators can earn these points by acquiring or using zero-emissions trucks or yard vehicles, or investing in other methods for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, for example, installing solar panels at the warehouses or having air filters installed in local homes, schools and hospitals. Or they could choose to pay a fee if not in compliance.

Many warehouses are far larger. One planned site involves 40 million square feet of industrial buildings, an area about the size of Central Park in New York.

Known as an “indirect source rule,” the effort is unusual because it largely targets emissions from the trucks that service warehouses, rather than the warehouses themselves. In the past, similar approaches have been made to address the heavy traffic drawn by sports stadiums or shopping malls....

The Southern California Edison utility, electric truck makers, as well as some trade groups, spoke out in support.

“Not only will this protect the district, especially warehouse workers,” said Joe Sullivan of the National Electrical Contractors Association of Greater Los Angeles, “it will create projects that our contractors are eager to bid on, and build careers for skilled tradespeople.”

Last year, California also adopted a separate rule requiring more than half of all trucks sold in the state to be zero-emissions by 2035.


Advanced Clean Cars II

The California Air Resources Board (CARB or the Board) staff invite you to participate in a public workshop to provide input on the development of the Advanced Clean Cars II (ACC II) regulations. The ACC II regulations will seek to reduce criteria and greenhouse gas emissions from new light- and medium-duty vehicles beyond the 2025 model year, and increase the number of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) for sale.

Building on the September 2020 workshop, staff will present updated analyses and proposals to amend the Low Emission Vehicle (or LEV IV) Regulation to reduce criteria pollutant emissions and preliminary proposals to amend the ZEV Regulation. Staff will also present updates on projections of costs for future ZEV technologies and proposed measures to ensure ZEV durability and serviceability.

Biden administration moves to restore California emissions authority


California hits nearly 95% Renewable Target



Big Green / Renewable Energy Storage Solutions

California, Engineering for Tomorrow's World


Top priority in Califoria? Dealing with Climate Change


California state says it won’t buy cars from GM, Toyota, and other car manufacturers opposing tough tailpipe standards

California Air Resources Board, a Model of Clean Air Progress

239 Stage 1 & 2 smog alerts in 1967

0 Stage 1 & 2 smog alerts in 2016

90% Cut in black carbon since 1967

California Environmental Protection Agency


Beyond its efforts that led Clean Air Initiatives among US states and nationally in establishing Emission Standards, while setting forward an International model, California now confronts the Trump administration EPA and federal rollbacks of environmental protections...

Then there are the other problems, so many people want to be in California. The population faces new challenges...

Historic drought-related fires and fire-related blackouts aren’t like natural earthquakes... They are more like California’s other human problems, like housing affordability and homelessness and traffic — human-made catastrophes.


California's Going with Solar

Solar clean energy with batteries, storage and delivery, and look at the kilowatt price...

The combined solar power and energy storage is priced at 3.3 cents per kilowatt-hour — a record low for this type of contract, city officials and independent experts say, and cheaper than electricity from natural gas.

Under the 25-year deal with developer 8minute Solar Energy, the city would buy electricity from a sprawling complex of solar panels and lithium-ion batteries in the Mojave Desert of eastern Kern County, about two hours north of Los Angeles. The Eland project would meet 6% to 7% of L.A.'s annual electricity needs and would be capable of pumping clean energy into the grid for four hours each night.

Los Angeles already gets about one-third of its electricity from renewable sources. But California law requires 100% climate-friendly energy by 2045, a target that will force utilities and local governments to do more than keep buying low-cost solar and wind power.

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“California plays an incredibly important role as a pathfinder that plots out the course for the energy transition, climate change, and the environment in general.”

-- Jules Kortenhorst, the CEO of the Rocky Mountain Institute

Institute for Local Government -- California has received worldwide attention for the state’s ambitious efforts to address climate change. California’s 482 cities and 58 counties are proud of what they have accomplished to help reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and are poised to do more in the years ahead...



California out in front as President Trump threatens progress of California on auto emissions standards that is a model for the nation and the world --

(Video) Automakers agreed to make fuel-efficient cars as Trump plans to roll back federal fuel standards

California prevailing in series of environmental lawsuits against the Trump administration

Los Angeles targets 100% electric vehicles by 2050

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti isn't waiting for Congress to act on the threat of climate change. Today (April 29, 2019) he introduced the city's own version of the Green New Deal, which establishes goals of a zero carbon grid, zero carbon transportation, zero carbon buildings, zero waste, and zero wasted water by 2050.

Citing the environmental disasters the city has faced in recent years, the mayor explains in the 150-page plan that "the scale of our ambitions must meet the magnitude of this crisis."

“Politicians in Washington don’t have to look across the aisle in Congress to know what a Green New Deal is — they can look across the country, to Los Angeles,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti in a news release. “With flames on our hillsides and floods in our streets, cities cannot wait another moment to confront the climate crisis with everything we’ve got. L.A. is leading the charge, with a clear vision for protecting the environment and making our economy work for everyone.”

Building upon the Sustainable City Plan introduced in 2015, this new version raises the bar with goals of recycling 100 percent of the city's wastewater and zeroing out carbon emissions generated by buildings, transportation, electricity, and trash, with a heavy focus on mobility, public transit, zero emissions vehicles.

L.A.'s Green New Deal sets ambitious targets along its path to carbon neutrality, including plans to:

Increase electric vehicles in the city to 25% by 2025; 80% by 2035; 100% 2050

Convert all city fleet vehicles to zero emission where technically feasible by 2028

Install 400 EV chargers at City buildings and parks and all libraries and install 500 additional streetlight EV chargers.

By 2021, Ensure that 100% of the City’s new light duty purchases are electric and Meals on Wheels new program vehicles are electric.

Ensure that 100% of medium duty trash and recycling trucks are zero emission by 2028

Distribute 1,000 used electric vehicle (EV) rebates, 11,500 Level 2 EV charger rebates, and 75 DC fast charger rebates,

Install 10,000 publicly available EV chargers by 2022 and 28,000 by 2028

Build 20 Fast Charging Plazas throughout the city

Electrify 10% of taxi fleet by 2022; and 100% by 2028

Target 100% Zero Emission school buses in Los Angeles 2028

Target 100% of urban delivery vehicles are zero emission 2034

Electrify 100% of Metro and LADOT buses by 2030.


As Gavin Newsom takes his oath of office as California’s newly-elected 40th Governor, an association of green groups calls for a 'Green New Deal'.

"California sets a high standard for national climate action. Among many achievements, continuing California's environmental leadership since the 1960s, California’s legislature in 2018 passed a law requiring every new home to have solar panels, a law banning new offshore oil drilling, and a law to make the states’ electricity grid 100% carbon-neutral by 2045."

In Supporting a Green New Deal California Can Continue as a Model for National Climate Action


December / November 2018

China looks at California and research on topics such as sea-level rise and coastal resilience, marine pollution, and renewable energy

California says all city busses have to be emissions free by 2040

California is dominating other states in electric vehicle adoption

Via US Department of Energy

Via Politico / Why Trump can't kill the electric car

October 2018

Stepping Up with Governor Jerry Brown

Climate Activists & Green Organizers: California Builds Bridges to Extend International Cooperation

Global Climate Action Summit

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August 2018

California Assembly Advances 100% Clean Energy Bill

“This is a huge victory for the state of California,” said state Sen. Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), the bill’s author. “It’s a victory for clean air. It’s a victory to tackle climate change...”

July 2018

California slashes emissions, hits major greenhouse gas goal years early

In a major win for California’s fight against global warming, the state appears to have hit its first target for cutting greenhouse gases — and it reached the goal early.

Data released by the California Air Resources Board show that the state’s greenhouse gas emissions dropped 2.7 percent in 2016 — the latest year available — to 429.4 million metric tons.

This is below the 431 million metric tons the state produced in 1990. California law requires the state’s emissions, which peaked in 2004, return to 1990 levels by 2020. Since the peak, emissions have dropped 13 percent...


Earth Mapping Developments & Updates

A salute to California "planet citizens", Rebecca Moore of Google Earth / Earth Outreach, and in memory of George E. Brown from East LA who was instrumental in advancing legislation that launched "big science" initiatives like GPS/GIS and LANDSAT to shape the first-generation of #EarthScience from space. Today, California is a leader in "New Space", even as "Governor Moonbeam" remembers how pundits once laughed, but no longer. The impact of visionary thinkers and leaders continues to make California a very special state -- and now the fifth largest economy in the world.

Earth Sciences / EcoExploring / EcoMapping

Virtual Earth

Planet API

Democratization of Space

George E. Brown Jr

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May 2018

Via Earth Justice

Via USA Today

New homes and low-rise apartment buildings across California would include solar panels under first-in-the-nation rules approved Wednesday by the California Energy Commission.
The rules now go to the state Building Standards Commission... “This is groundbreaking," said Pierre Delforge, senior scientist for the Natural Resources Defense Council...
"The new rules "will save energy, lower customer bills, keep homes comfortable in increasing heat waves and reduce pollution from California’s homes and buildings."

Via the Los Angeles Times

Via the New York Times

Solar panels have become an increasingly familiar sight on California rooftops as the state moves toward a clean-energy future. For new homes, they are about to become a requirement.
The California Energy Commission will require solar panels on all new homes, putting the state even farther in the forefront in the use of solar power.

California remains the undisputed champion, with 19.8 gigawatts of solar PV capacity, nearly five times as much as second-ranked North Carolina


Governor Jerry Brown

California Governor Jerry Brown and Michael Bloomberg Launch "America's Pledge"

"Today we’re sending a clear message to the world that America’s states, cities and businesses are moving forward with our country’s commitments under the Paris Agreement – with or without Washington..."

April 2018 / Brown vows to fight Trump over mileage rules until 'long after we: have a new president

As President Trump moves to reverse the Obama administration’s policies on climate change, California is emerging as the nation’s de facto negotiator with the world on the environment.
California Leads US Economy Away from Trump
Trump to Shelve Fuel Mileage Rules, Inviting a Fight with California
California Stands in Defiance
California Climate Activism Moving to Push Washington DC


What about California's Trade Missions to China and Global Green Outreach?

Take a Look at How the California-China Green Strategy Rolled Out
California / China / Development of Trade / Green Technology / Renewable Energy


Governor Brown meets with President Xi of the People's Republic of China, signs agreement with national government to boost green technology

Energy Innovation CEO Hal Harvey:

"The reference point for China is not Washington, its California. They would rather learn from California than any other jurisdiction."

California and China see big economic and environmental upsides to increased cooperation. California views China as a rising dynamic force, a valuable export market, a source of new investment, and an innovation collaborator. While in China last week, Governor Brown said, “China is leading. California is leading... California-China cooperation has taken a real leap forward.” Likewise, China considers California a trailblazer for the sustainable development path it aspires to follow.

California offers lessons as China works to build a cleaner, more innovative economy. The air pollution Chinese citizens endure today from increased industrial activity and sprawling personal automobile use is reminiscent of mid-20th century smog in southern California, which spurred the creation of the California's ARB, Air Resources Board, and dozens of subsequent policy innovations.


Governor Brown (2014): "This year we will take another step to strengthen the ties between the world’s second and ninth largest economies."

(Note: as of 2018, California is now ranked world's fifth largest economy)

Via the Associated Press / LA Times / May 2018

California is now the world's fifth-largest economy, surpassing United Kingdom

California-China Trade and Economic Development

Climate Law Blog / July 2017

Three local governments in California (San Mateo County, Marin County and the City of Imperial Beach) filed potentially groundbreaking climate change lawsuits in California state courts, each one charging a group of 20 fossil fuel companies with liability for public nuisance, failure to warn, design defect, private nuisance, negligence, and trespass.

This type of state common law climate litigation may represent the first of similar cases nationwide.

The Lawsuits

Each of the complaints presents a compelling storyline: These fossil fuel companies knew. They knew that climate change was happening, that fossil fuel production and use was causing it, and that continued fossil fuel production and use would only make it worse. They knew this, but they hid it. And then they lied about it, and paid other people to lie about it for them. All the while they profited from it, and plotted to profit more. Ultimately, their actions caused sea levels to rise, and thereby caused harm, are continuing to cause harm, and are contributing to future harm to the plaintiff governments and their residents. Accordingly, the complaints claim that the defendant companies should be held liable and forced to pay, both for the costs the local governments are incurring to adapt to sea level rise and for the companies’ own willful, deceptive, and malicious behavior.

The named defendants include Chevron, ExxonMobil, BP, Shell, Citgo, ConocoPhillips, Phillips 66, Peabody Energy, Total, Eni, Arch Coal, Rio Tinto, Statoil, Anadarko, Occidental, Repsol, Marathon, Hess, Devon, Encana, Apache, and unspecified “Company Does.” According to the plaintiffs, these companies are responsible for about 20% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that were emitted during the period from 1965 to 2015, an amount which the complaints argue is a “substantial portion” of the climate change problem. The “substantial portion” claim is legally significant.

California files law claim against largest fossil fuel companies

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Governor Brown: "California is Not Turning Back, Not Now, Not Ever"

State of the State Speech (transcript) -- January 24, 2017

How Much Energy Do Building Energy Codes Save? Evidence from California Houses

Building Energy Efficiency Standards
For more than 35 years, the California Energy Commission has adopted Building Energy Efficiency Standards that help
reduce a building’s energy consumption. These standards serve as a foundational part of California’s long-term strategy
for meeting energy demand, resource conservation, and environmental stewardship.

Looking to the Future, Creating the Present, Remembering Roads Traveled

* California, at the Forefront of Climate Fight, States It Won’t Back Down to Trump
* California Hires Eric Holder as Legal Bulwark Against Donald Trump
* California Strikes a Bold Pose as Vanguard of the Resistance
* Success of Jerry Brown, and California, Offers Lessons

Recent Articles by Adam Nagourney via the NY Times and LA Times

* Fourth Inauguration: Independent Politics Out in Front
* Jerry Brown, California Vision


Jerry Brown speaks of Earth Science and "truth telling" - Dec. 2016
Watch the American Geophysical speech at YouTube: (GreenPolicy) (KQED) (AGU)

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Re: #EarthScience, Space and California, from the speech to the AGU:

"We got the scientists. We got the lawyers. And we're ready to fight. We're ready to defend. And California is no stranger to this fight...

"California is the future. We are pioneering space...

"Now some people say they're going to turn off the satellites that are monitoring the climate... low-earth phenomena, the LANDSAT and all the various measuring satellites that we have...

"Well, I remember back in 1978 I proposed a LANDSAT satellite for California. They called me 'Governor Moonbeam' because of that. I didn't get that moniker for nothing.

"And if Trump turns off the satellites, California will launch its own (d-mn) satellites!"


California & Micro-satellites:

Earth-facing, Measuring/Monitoring, Providing Planetary New Vision
Micro-satellites fly, creating a new industry, new earth science

"New Space", California Ventures and Earth Science

New Space, New Ways to See and Study Earth's Systems
Democratization of Space

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Planet: “We’re going to be gaining insight into the changing planet in a way no one’s ever gotten before...”

Planet, signalling 'New Space' in California.

  • California and Silicon Valley digital technology power up a new industry and new ways of seeing and studying our world
Earth Imaging - New Space


Renewable Energy Projects, Moving Forward

Powerpak: 80 MWh Powerpack station from TESLA & Southern California Edison, biggest energy storage project in the world using lithium-ion batteries
Coming online soon --

Global Leadership On Climate Change and the Green Economy

-- Via Capital and Main by Dean Kuipers

"In 2016, California continued its commitment to ecological sanity in 2016, getting rid of sea-life-killing plastic grocery bags, protecting monarch butterflies and banning the sale of ivory and rhino horns, but the state shook the entire world when it doubled down on its already-tough carbon reduction targets. Senate Bill 32 not only significantly lowered state carbon emission targets from 1990 levels by 2020 to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030, but the change sailed through the legislature despite resistance from fossil-fuel interests. Coming on top of 2015 increases to the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (now requiring the state to get fully half of its electrical power from renewable sources by 2030), this makes California a global leader in clean energy standards.

"More important, the new carbon emissions target is a huge boost for the state’s clean tech industry. Already creating a decent number of top-paying union jobs via the state’s unique requirement that utility-scale solar be connected to the state grid, SB 32 and its companion bill, AB 197, will require a rush of new technology and innovation. AB 197 mandates that the California Air Resources Board, which directs air quality regulation, to reduce emissions in neighborhoods most affected by them, such as harbor towns and neighborhoods next to power plants. That means that cap-and-trade, which allows polluters to go on polluting so long as they buy credits from some company not polluting, won’t necessarily be the easy fix. Rather, as research by Jeffrey Greenblatt at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and others indicates, the state will need a massive influx of new zero-emission transportation, new energy storage facilities, high-speed rail, biodiesel, newly grown forests, agricultural innovation and a raft of other tactics.

"California will go on doing what it does best, inventing the future."

California's Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32) was the first program in the country to take a comprehensive, long-term approach to addressing climate change...

California's Climate Pollution Act has been updated and extended -- a green model for states and countries globally

California Global Warming Solutions Act

California Governor Signs World’s Toughest Super Pollutant Law

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California’s watersheds as water infrastructure
Source watersheds legislation -- Bill Text: AB-2480 (2015-2016)

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The Second-Largest City In The U.S. Is On The Verge Of 100 Percent Renewable Policy

Cities have a very unique ability to be at once visionary and pragmatic

Los Angeles is a city born of Thomas Edison’s inventions. The movie camera, obviously, helped propel it to become the second-largest city in the United States, but the light bulb, too, is integral to the city’s heritage. Unlike many of the country’s older cities, Los Angeles barely knew a time without electricity. There is even a hip bar called The Edison paying homage to the city’s history in a former power plant in the heart of downtown.

Growing up alongside the car and electricity industries, Los Angeles has long been seen as one of the country’s most modern cities. But now, as our collective dependence on power has been found guilty of damaging our water, air, and climate, the city is taking steps to be part of the new future: a clean energy future.

The City Council is going to consider a motion this month that would direct the municipal utility to determine how to move the city to 100 percent renewable energy. The motion already has broad support from councilmembers, and Los Angeles officials confirmed that the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) has begun work on the report, which will be developed with research partners, including the Dept. of Energy.

The renewable energy motion from council members Greg Krekorian and Mike Bonin reads:

  • LADWP is on the verge of making significant investments in its infrastructure, and with that 100-year-old power system in need of significant upgrades, the city has an opportunity to re-create its utility in a way that recognizes the potential for a fossil-free future, demonstrates global leadership in its commitment to clean energy, and protects ratepayers from the increasing costs of carbon-based fuels...
Read the June 2016 Motion:
Los Angeles Renewable Energy Proposal

California 'Out in Front' on Climate and Zero Net Energy Priorities

Going Green, beginning in the early days of the modern environmental movement...

"I have a continuing commitment to specific programs and policies that reduce California’s dependence on foreign oil, increase the diversity and resilience of our energy supply and ease the impact of rising energy costs on California...

Making existing buildings more efficient is a large and quickly tapped energy source... New homes and new appliances must be energy efficient and affordable...

Wind energy can help us move away from reliance on oil. California should maintain its leadership in developing energy projects using bio-gas and agricultural wastes.

Solar energy has a wide range of cost-effective applications..."

-- Governor Jerry Brown, 1981 California Clean Energy Plan

Going Green w/ "EBs"

New Trails, Electric Bike Policy / October 2015 - First in the Nation

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Governor Brown at Climate Summit Signing at UN

"While national governments came together to reach a historic climate agreement in Paris last December, it's up to the world's states, regions and cities to make it a reality in the years ahead," said Governor Brown.

"The task before us is daunting, but California will continue to lead the charge."
Planet Citizens
Take Action on Climate Change

'Green California', sustainable state government, model operations and practices


Governor Brown keeps a green agenda moving & political pressure on those attempting to block progress...

California Governor's Message to West Virginia and Texas

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California Gov. Brown signs 23 Environmental Bills / October 2015

California is ahead of the game

California's Zero Emissions Vehicle Mandate

By the 2025 model year, automakers that sell vehicles in California will have to make 15.4 percent of them ZEV. That's an estimated annual output for one state of 270,000 EVs, plug-in hybrids and fuel-cell electrics, based on projected 2025 statewide sales of 1.75 million new cars and light trucks. Plug-in hybrids with extended all-electric range are expected to account for about two-thirds of the total

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Oh V Dub Around the World

California's CARB Busts Volkswagen for Cheating

California's Air Resources Board w/ the ICCT takes on VW

Busted: VW admits to deception, emissions violations, 1/2 million cars in US effected, pollution levels far-exceed regulation level

EPA and CARB Statement / Policy response to the VW defeat device discovery

Policy solutions to reduce vehicle exhaust emissions under real-world driving conditions

Transition to a global zero-emission vehicle fleet: A collaborative agenda for governments

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California is about to do something no state has done / Sept 2015

Back in January, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) made a promise. His state, he said, would pursue a new package of climate goals that are the most ambitious in the nation (and among the most ambitious in the world). California was already a leader in efforts to slash greenhouse gas emissions and promote clean energy. Brown pledged to go further. By 2030, he declared, California would double the energy efficiency of state buildings; get half its electricity from renewables; and halve consumption of gasoline by cars and trucks.

At the time, all those nice-sounding goals were just words in a speech. But they could very soon become the law of the land. The state legislature is currently considering several bills (SB 350 is the most important) that would codify Brown's climate agenda. The legislation is widely expected to pass before the end of the legislative session next Friday, but not without a fight from the state's powerful oil lobby...

California has a history that derives from the experience of smog in the Los Angeles Basin... as a result, over many years, forward-looking pollution control standards were established and under the so-called Pavley Law, the first legislation in the world to regulate greenhouse gas emissions in passenger vehicles, were ultimately adopted by the United States as the national standard.

California ARB1 California ARB2

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What happens when enlightened policies are put in place?

In the absence of sufficient U.S. federal leadership, it’s cities and states that are largely moving the needle on addressing climate disruption. As the world’s 8th largest economy California has long played a catalytic role in the development of landmark national environmental laws and standards. California continues to serve as a model. [1]

As Tom Hayden has reported, “Since Governor Jerry Brown’s first term in 1974, California has been on a steady march to an alternative energy future. Enter Brown today as a modern Archimedes, the ancient Greek philosopher who searched for a leverage point from which to transform the world. California is that leverage point.”

Governor Brown began his current term by passing game-changing climate legislation, and building on the AB32 global warming legislation of the previous Governor. He has populated the administration with savvy, skillful policy makers designing leading-edge climate policies. Coupled with visionary lawmakers, the state has developed and implemented a broad suite of clean energy and low-carbon incentives and policies, while maintaining a fairly robust economy and green jobs creation.

California is poised to spend $120 billion on clean energy in the next five years, more than any other state and most foreign countries. Its plan is to achieve 33 percent of its electricity from renewables by 2020, and may double its rate by 2030. Consumers have saved an estimated $74 billion on energy efficiency programs. Silicon Valley leads the U.S. with 2/3 of green venture capital.

While fracking policy remains a serious unresolved issue, California is showing how an advanced economy can set future targets of 100 percent renewables without nuclear power. Goals in the coming decade include 1.5 million zero-emission cars and a million solar rooftops. New state building codes are driving the proliferation of zero-net energy buildings.

Meanwhile distributed energy is on its way to democratizing clean energy and displacing centralized fossil-fueled utility monopolies.

Dispelling the “jobs versus the environment myth,” California employs 199,000 workers in clean energy industries, with 100s of thousands more planned. Clean economy jobs jumped 20% over the past decade while other jobs rose only 2%. [In California in 2013, 7,755 projects were announced. 1,880 projects were under construction, 15,397 total projects were in operation.] There are already more clean energy jobs in the U.S. than jobs in the coal, oil and gas industries.

Major environmental justice legislation is set to assure hundreds of millions of dollars to implement climate policies and jobs that benefit frontline communities. That environmental justice vision will be key to international negotiations. Environmental justice has been the deal-breaker between the rich and poor countries — the poor did not create the problems yet suffer the brunt.

Governor Brown’s strategic end-run using clean energy diplomacy has led to low-carbon pacts with China, Germany, Mexico, Israel, Peru, Quebec, British Columbia, and multiple states in the Pacific Northwest, the Midwest and New England. As a Model for Regional-Local Approaches to Climate Change, the Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate & Energy stands out.

Governor Brown has helped assemble a Green Bloc of states including the Northeast and Midwest that include at least half the American population and over 40 percent of the economy, with total GDP of $6.4 trillion. Former Governor Schwartzenegger and former New York City Mayor Michael Blooomberg are also building local and regional alliances. Many other nations are rooting for the Green Bloc’s continuing political rise.

The strategy is to force action federally and internationally from below. As Governor Brown commented, “What happens in California doesn’t stay in California.” [2] [3]

Changing the politics will come down to growing the national and global movement of movements.

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California: Environmental Models to Spread the Word Globally

The "Bioneers", for over 25 years meeting every year to share 'best practices'

Models for Resilience and Transformative Change

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Celebrating the Bioneers 25th Anniversary Conference

Bioneers, a preeminent environmental protection organization and movement that gathers annually in the San Francisco Bay area, bringing together thousands who share green best practices and models for making a positive difference in communities throughout the US and now internationally

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Plant a Tree and More!

TreePeople, founded in Los Angeles, are a highlighted group within the Bioneers and for over 40 years have worked with success and enthusiasm.

As TreePeople explains on their website: "TreePeople inspires and supports the people of LA to come together to plant and care for trees, harvest the rain, and renew depleted landscapes. We unite with communities to grow a greener, shadier and more water-secure city at homes, neighborhoods, schools and in the local mountains. We work with volunteer leaders using our unique Citizen Forester model, and we influence government agencies for a healthy, thriving Los Angeles"

TreePeople have involved more than 2 million people in planting and caring for more than 2 million trees. TreePeople is a leading voice in dealing with the effects of California's drought and climate change impacts. TreePeople is a model for community projects, programs and visionary efforts that are being adopted nationally and globally

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California / AB 1493, Pavley. Vehicular emissions: greenhouse gases

...a model of green legislative best practices

...the "Pavley Law"', first legislation in the world to regulate greenhouse gas emissions of passenger vehicles... these visionary California environmental protection laws/regulations became model air quality / air pollution legislation and were ultimately adopted by the United States as the national standard.



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Out in Front on Climate Change

Governor Brown signs aggressive climate change bill

LOS ANGELES (AP) / October 7, 2015 — Gov. Jerry Brown dramatically increased California's climate-change goals on Wednesday, committing the state to use renewable energy for half its electricity and make existing buildings twice as energy-efficient in just 15 years.

"At the Front Lines": An Interview with California Governor Jerry Brown on the eco-encyclical 'Laudato Si'

America Magazine | July 2015

California Governor Jerry Brown has spent his entire life in public service. After college Brown spent a few years as a Jesuit seminarian. He has spent the 45 years since serving the state of California at every level, from Los Angeles community college district trustee to mayor of Oakland, state Attorney General, governor, candidate for Senate twice, and candidate for the presidency three times. In his 1992 run he carried six states, and came in second in voting at the Democratic convention to Bill Clinton...

"I think it definitely advances the church’s position on the environment. The pope made a very clear articulation of the responsibility and the respect that human beings owe the rest of creation. And he’s taking on a real existential threat to the underlying conditions on which our civilization is dependent, the stability of the climate, which has been very favorable for the last 10 to 12 thousand years. So it’s important for reorienting Catholics to the rules and the laws of nature that can’t be ignored or abused in the name of individual freedom or desire or initiative. As people work out their various ways of living they have to take into account not just what they want to do, but what nature dictates and what science tells us about the way human beings are enmeshed in and dependent on a greater and complex web of life."
"The pope is also raising the point, which gets serious opposition from many quarters, of how much material stuff is really appropriate, that there are certain limits and certain ways of living and industrializing and carrying on that are more compatible with a sustainable and healthy environment. The encyclical raises a real challenge to a modern world that is so dependent on the market for authority and for the allocation of life’s goods and services. The pope is raising the ante, saying No, you have to look at the impact. When you’re disturbing the environment you’re going to create negative feedbacks that are going to be felt disproportionately by poorer people, more vulnerable people who don’t have the assets and the capital to protect themselves against the extreme weather and the disruptions that follow in the wake of an impaired climate regime, which is where we’re going."
"So all in all I’d say it’s a welcome voice, a clear voice that definitely lays out ideas consistent with the Catholic tradition but also very related to the times that we’re in..."

"California has this history that really derives from the experience of smog in the Los Angeles Basin, and the response to that over many administrations has led to where we are today. As a matter of fact the standards that were established under the so-called Pavley Law, 'the first legislation in the world to regulate greenhouse gas emissions of passenger vehicles, were ultimately adopted by the United States as the national standard'".
ARB - Model Regulations / 'Green Best Practices'
ARB - Background

"Today Los Angeles has ten times as many cars as it did in the 50s, and the air is 95 percent cleaner. That’s a pretty dramatic move, one that countries like China and India are taking notice of."

"So we’ve had that history. As far as people’s attitudes I would say that there is a strong preference for favoring policies that nurture the environment..."

Out in Front on Solar Energy Production
Competing and economically cooperating with China to push solar development
See Governor Brown's trade missions to China

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Mojave Solar

Largest Solar Plant

Quick Look at California's Green Vision

Pacific Coast Climate Action Plan

January 2015

Who would want to be Governor of California? (CBS Video)

Challenge and Best Practice Solutions...

In his re-election victory speech Tuesday night, Brown mentioned Props 1 and 2 as being vital to his goals as governor.

"Save money, save water, those are two pillars," Brown said.

November 2014 - the State of California under the leadership of its green governor, Jerry Brown, passed a set of laws, with Proposition One at the center of a wide-ranging plan to encourage a range of water conservation usage and saving measures, California again out in front of national/global efforts to deal with climate change/drought.

Having led the effort to shape and urge passage of a top state priority in the 2014 election, the Governor succeeded as voters passed Proposition 1 – the Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Act of 2014 – by a margin of 67%-33%.

Proposition 1 provides $7.5 billion in new and redirected bond funds for a wide range of water related projects that will:

  • Protect rivers, lakes, streams, coastal waters and watersheds
  • Provide regional water security, climate and drought preparedness
  • Provide public benefits through a wide range of water storage options that demonstrate improvement to the state water system, cost-effectiveness and net improvement in ecosystem and water quality conditions
  • Promote water recycling
  • Improve drinking water quality

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'Plastic Pollution, Enough

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President Obama Speaks in Orange County: No Time for Climate Denial

Siterunner / SJS: Remembering the scientist/professors from the Univ of California in Irvine (Orange County), Nobel laureate Frank Sherwood Rowland and Mexican-born, Nobel prize-winner from San Diego Mario Molina, whose scientific findings together in the 1970s first put Ozone depletion and CFCs into public awareness. Their prodigious work and visionary science led to the Montreal Protocol -- the first substantial international agreement to limit destructive atmospheric emissions. The two Montreal ozone treaties have been ratified by 197 parties, which includes 196 states and the European Union, making them the first universally ratified treaties in United Nations history.

Let's look a bit more at the beginnings of what is called the modern environmental, activist movement (as distinguished from the conservationist origins of environmentalism ala John Muir, the Sierra Club and all those after Teddy Roosevelt who looked to the 'big picture' and what government can do to benefit 'the commons' and common good, preserving and protecting Earth's resources and beauty. As Roosevelt acted to re-define executive orderse and government monument into preservation with his action to 'go around' mining and industry blocking in Congress to preserve the Grand Canyon as a national monument. Many in the 1960s looked to expand protections of the the commons, working through Congress when possible as a result of public pressure, organizing and activism, and we also worked around Congress as needed pushing for both local and presidential action keeping in mind the precedent of Roosevelt (Roosevelt’s action in 1908 with the Grand Canyon set an important precedent for future Presidents to use for conservation efforts when there wasn’t consensus within Congress to act.) The 1960s, in many ways with the beginning of a larger picture realization carried worldwide with new communication systems and the first pictures from the Apollo 8 mission, led to a rush of visionary 'blue-green' proposals and policies.

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SJS/GreenPolicy360 Siterunner

Memories / Work in Progress

Looking Back at Foundations of Environmental Protections

California and the Modern Environmental Movement

The beginning of the US environmental era, foundation of forward-looking law
'Teach-Ins' & the First 'Earth Day'

"My friend George"

George E. Brown Jr

George Brown & First Federal Program to Study Climate

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National Climate Program Act

An Act to establish a comprehensive and coordinated national climate policy and program

95th US Congress (1977-1978)
Authored by Rep. George E. Brown / East Los Angeles

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SJS / Working to advance a presidential campaign, put together a campaign platform, take new ideas into the debates, press the Democratic Party toward a progressive direction...

Alongside the California Governor and with California spirit...

The 1992 Presidential Campaign

Governor Edmund (Jerry) Brown Brings Forward a Diverse Eco-nomic/Environmental Platform

Sustainable Economics

Sustainable Economics 2

Sustainable Economics 3

Sustainable Economics 4

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Jerry Brown's Presidential Campaign Addresses the Dem Platform Com't 2

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At the Democratic Party Platform Hearings
Presenting a forward-looking campaign vision
GreenPolicy Siterunner Steve Schmidt w/ Calif Gov. Brown

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"Platform in Progress"

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Greening Our Blue Planet

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