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California Backtracks on Its Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Program

September 16, 2015 by Henry Auer

California Emissions Efforts

California’s effort to curb emissions of greenhouse gases, initiated by former Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, suffered a major setback when present Governor Jerry Brown and state legislators agreed to exempt petroleum from the program. They succumbed to intense pressure from the oil industry.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: "We're Standing on Dry Grass, We Should be on Five Feet of Snow"

April 10, 2015 by Edward Dodge

California Drought and Water Conservation

California Governor Jerry Brown recently announced that there would be mandatory water restrictions for the first time in the state’s history. The dramatic order comes in response to an ever deepening drought crisis thatis now in its fourth year.[read more]

California Dreaming: Drought and Development

April 8, 2015 by Steven Cohen

As the northeast fights a losing battle to maintain its population, California grows like there's no tomorrow. But there will be. And more people, changing patterns of rainfall, and a culture requiring the desert to bloom have led California Governor Jerry Brown to call for a 25% reduction in household water consumption.[read more]

California Leads the Way with Goal of 50% Renewables by 2030

January 10, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

In his historic fourth Inaugural Address, California Governor Jerry Brown proposed the ambitious goal of procuring 50% of the state's electricity from clean, renewable sources by 2030. This cements the Governor's leadership on clean energy and will help fuel California's transition to a low carbon economy.[read more]

California Governor Jerry Brown Calls for 50% Renewables by 2030

January 7, 2015 by Jeff St. John

California Governor Jerry Brown has upped the ante on the state’s green energy goals, calling for a big increase in renewable energy, alternative fuels and building efficiency over the next 15 years, along with the smart grid investments to put them to use.[read more]

California Legislative Session Ends with Big Wins for Our Health and Environment

September 19, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

As the gavel fell on the California state legislative session, state leaders finished strong for the environment sending numerous bills to Governor Brown that will clean the air, reduce plastic litter pollution, combat climate change, and reduce toxic chemicals in our environment.[read more]

Chumps or Champs? California Leads on Climate

May 28, 2014 by Meredith Fowlie

California and Climate Change

Governor Jerry Brown, speaking at a Giannini Foundation event last week, summarized California's dilemma with respect to climate change: “We're one percent of the problem. We have to get everyone on a similar path forward, and that is enormously difficult because it requires different jurisdictions."[read more]

Politics and the Language of REDD+

November 5, 2013 by Sieren Ernst

Jerry Brown didn’t show up to last week at the ceremony where he was to receive the Blue-Green Alliance’s “Right Stuff” award. But who did? A crowd of protestors condemning the Governor for his support of REDD+ through the Governor’s Climate and Forest Task Force.[read more]

Transformative Solar Energy Storage Policy for California

October 19, 2013 by Nigel Morris

California Solar Storage

The thing I like about California Governor Jerry Brown is he seems to be able to look a problem squarely in the face and simply say ” How do we solve this?”. He knuckles down very hard by all accounts. Case in point? His proposed new solar storage policy.[read more]

California Needs a Moratorium on Fracking Now

July 25, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

California Fracking

California Governor Jerry Brown should prevent oil and gas operations from harming human health, property, or natural resources and impose a moratorium on all new fracking and well stimulation projects until adequate regulatory safeguards are in place.[read more]

California Governor Brown Delivers Keynote at Intersolar Conference [VIDEO]

July 14, 2013 by Tom Schueneman

Keynote Speech

One of the largest solar industry conferences, Intersolar North America, just wrapped in San Francisco. Kicking off the four-day meeting was a keynote address from California governor Jerry Brown.[read more]