Even before the Environmental Protection Agency proposed the nation’s first federal limits on carbon pollution from power plants last week, naysayers were claiming California’s longstanding policies to cut emissions and improve energy efficiency don’t work and have sent electric bills soaring. But Californians and anyone else taking a close look at the state’s success know otherwise.
The Concord Coalition, as well as Next 10, offer self-proclaimed federal budget-balance advocates a chance to walk their talk. Both nonpartisan groups, which advocate for a balanced budget, have created The Federal Budget Challenge, an online tool that lets users play at being a member of Congress and create his or her own balanced budget.
It's important to have the kind of information available that helps businesses decide how to invest and grow. So we were pleased to see the California Air Resources Board adopt the AB 32 Scoping Plan Update last week. It's a road map for where California will be headed in terms of building a clean energy economy and tackling climate change.
The Green Innovation Index shows statewide registrations of alternative fuel vehicles rising 16% from 2011 to 2012, at a time when all California vehicle registrations increased by only 1.5%.