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California's Solar Cities

Solar power is a no-brainer energy resource for California. Cleaner than fossil fuels, safer than a nuclear power, and one of the most reliable sources of electricity, solar power is a critical part of California’s clean energy future. This report combines data from all the state’s solar photovoltaic rebate programs to determine which cities have the greatest amount of solar power.

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The High Cost of Fossil Fuels

Between 2010 and 2030, California will spend as much as $2,911 billion on oil, coal, and other fossil fuels - 2.9 times the total earnings of all California workers in 2007. At the same time, pollution from fossil fuels is the number one source of air and global warming pollution and a leading source of water pollution, said Environment California Research and Policy Center's in their new report.

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Clean Energy, Bright Future

This report provides specific recommendations in support of the president-elect’s efforts to ensure a green economic recovery and estimates the environmental benefits of those recommendations. These proposals, when fully implemented over the next decade, would reduce annual global warming pollution by nearly 10 percent below current levels and reduce oil consumption equivalent to taking one million cars off the road each year.

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Renewing America: A Blueprint for Economic Recovery

This report lays out a blueprint for how we can repower America for the 21st century, cleaning our environment while revitalizing our economy. A new president and a new Congress create a golden opportunity to chart a new future for America.

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Moving Toward a Green Chemical Future

The U.S. government’s current regulation of industrial chemicals is based on the presumption that these chemicals are innocent until they are proven to harm human health or the environment. This presumption is startling, especially when you consider:

    There are an estimated 80,000 chemicals registered for commercial use in the U.S.[1]
    Only a very small percentage of these chemicals have been tested for safety to human health. [2]
    An estimated 2,000 new chemicals are introduced each year, or an average of seven new chemicals each day. [3]

To date, California has relied on the federal government’s failed regulatory system to protect its residents from industrial chemicals used in commerce. California has no regulatory framework for reviewing these chemicals prior to their introduction to the market and use in consumer products. Nor does the state have a comprehensive program for assessing the safety of those chemicals currently in use.