Global Warming Solutions

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

News Release | Environment California Research & Policy Center

New Report: Electric Vehicles Are Putting the Brakes on Pollution

Today, Environment California Research & Policy Center was joined at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland by Oakland City Councilmember Dan Kalb, doctors, environmental justice advocates and transportation experts to release a new report “Driving Cleaner: More Electric Vehicles Mean Less Pollution.”

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Report | Environment California Research & Policy Center

Driving Cleaner

America’s dependence on gasoline as a transportation fuel worsens global warming and threatens public health. Increasing the use of electric vehicles – especially those powered by clean, renewable sources of electricity – can protect the climate and help America get off oil.

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News Release | Environment California Research & Policy Center

Charge Ahead California Groups React to Multi-State Electric Vehicle Action Plan Announcement

Eight large states on the East and West coasts announced specific actions today to advance their 2013 Memorandum of Understanding, which set a goal of 3.3 million electric vehicles on the road in these states by 2025. In addition to California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont are part of the agreement.

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News Release | Environment California

New Federal Programs Good News for Growing Solar Energy

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – Today President Obama announced several federal programs and policies to expand solar and make it easier for businesses, governments and homeowners to harness the power of the sun.

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News Release | Environment California Research & Policy Center

Clean Energy Is Cutting Carbon Pollution in California: Berkeley Awarded for Progress

Berkeley – As public concern about extreme weather ramps up, California is proving that we can win the fight against global warming. 

Key findings from the report include:

  • Renewable electricity standards have helped California develop enough renewable energy to offset as much carbon pollution as 443,750 cars produce in a year.
  • Energy efficiency policies have helped avoid as much carbon pollution as 1,700,000 cars produce in a year.
  • National limits on carbon pollution from power plants would build on California’s success in using wind, solar, and energy efficiency to reduce carbon pollution.
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