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.
Consumer demand for California’s clean technology sector products and services is expanding, according to data in a new report from the group Next 10. But it’s not necessarily translating into jobs in the Central Valley. “Clean economy employment in the Central Coast, the Sierra Region, the Sacramento Valley, and the San Joaquin Valley declined overall, but each region also saw employment increase in multiple segments,” the report says. It is the largest regional decrease.
California’s progressive policies are “leading the way in technology and policy breakthroughs in sustainability and energy across a range of industries,” according to a report out today from Next 10, a nonprofit group focused on California issues. California's energy efficiency measures helped keep its electricity bill share of GDP 0.47 percent points lower than Texas in 2012, according to the group, and the state is a major force driving innovation and deployment in the energy storage sector.
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%.