Landmark Global Warming Law Opens Doors for Renewable Energy

With the ink barely dry on AB 32 — the new Global Warming Solutions Act — Environment California has launched a new campaign calling on congressional candidates to support policies that move America beyond oil and harness clean, renewable, homegrown energy sources for at least one quarter of all energy needs by 2025.

AB 32, signed into effect by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger earlier this week on September 27th in San Francisco, caps a months-long campaign to set the nation’s first statewide limits on emissions of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping pollution. The Global Warming Solutions Act is designed to limit the state’s global warming emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, and allows for the use of market mechanisms to provide incentives to businesses to reduce emissions while safeguarding local communities. It is anticipated that California will pioneer many new clean and efficient technologies, much as it has done with the high-tech and biotech industries. Environment California released a New Energy Future Report calling on congressional candidates to follow the precedent set by AB 32 and adopt policies that reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil; increase research and development for energy efficient and renewable energy technologies; as well as make the investments necessary to bring those next-generation technologies into wider use. “Investing in cleaner fuel sources is an investment in the long-term health of our economy. The sooner we start to make real progress in reducing our dependence on fossil fuels, the greater the compound value to our environment and our future,” said Buddy Burke, President of the California Chapter of REP America. “Mainstream Republicans have always supported the conservative use of resources, especially our limited natural resources. We call on all our political leaders to put American ingenuity to work and make solving our energy issues one of their highest priorities,” he added.


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