Thursday, April 30, 2015

California’s Brown Seeks Nation-Leading Greenhouse Gas Cuts

California Governor Jerry Brown (Credit: AP Photo) Click to Enlarge.
California Governor Jerry Brown ordered emissions of greenhouse gases reduced to almost half of what they were a quarter century ago, the most ambitious statewide effort to combat climate change in the U.S.

Brown, a 77-year-old Democrat, issued an executive order establishing a target of 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.  To do so, the state must require utilities to get more electricity from low-pollution sources, compel industries to cut smokestack emissions further and encourage greater numbers of cleaner cars on roads.

California, with the seventh-largest economy on the globe, already has some of the toughest carbon pollution regulations in the U.S. and is on target to meet its self-imposed deadline to cut emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.  Now, Brown and other Democratic leaders are looking to advance those climate-change policies further even as business leaders warn they put companies at a competitive disadvantage.
Brown said California has been compelled to act on its own as Republicans in Washington and other U.S. states remain resistant to scientific evidence that manmade carbon pollution is causing global climate changes.  His proposals have raised concerns from the oil and natural gas industry, manufacturers and Republicans, who warn the policies will raise energy prices and drive business to less-expensive regions.

Pace Setting
His executive order directs agencies to incorporate climate change in their planning and investment decisions and requires the state to consider global warming when drafting infrastructure building plans.
“We’re demonstrating in California that we can take steps to reduce carbon emissions while advancing the economy at the same time,” Brown said.  “In North America, California is now setting the pace.”

In January, Brown outlined a series of environmental goals aimed at reducing carbon emissions in the next 15 years, including cutting petroleum use in cars and trucks by 50 percent, doubling the efficiency of existing buildings and increasing to half from one-third the electricity delivered from renewable sources.

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