Click here for recent opinion pieces from business and other state leaders about California’s clean energy economy. See below for a current and historical compilation of clean energy-related op-eds and stories.

Clean Air is Good for All Californians

The Desert Sun
by David Herrlinger
November 13, 2014

Breathing isn’t optional. But oil companies raising gas prices to protect their profits is a choice.

For years, the oil industry has known that transportation fuels were scheduled to come under the AB 32 greenhouse gas emissions cap, which is part of California’s pioneering clean energy and climate law. The same industry that just a few years ago supported the state’s approach to addressing industrial emissions — a cap-and-trade program — now is stirring up hype and trying to re-brand California’s clean air efforts as some kind of hidden tax.

To read more, click here.


AB 32 Shifts California Toward Better Economy

The Sacramento Bee
by Tim McRae
October 18, 2014

California entrepreneurs have opened more clean-energy businesses, created more new jobs and collected more clean-technology venture capital funding than any other state since AB 32 passed in 2006. The clean-tech sector, which creates products and services to assist the shift toward low-carbon-based products and processes, is doing well. Though early-stage venture capital in this sector has ebbed, later-stage investments have increased in the last half-decade, according to Next10. California’s clean-tech investment portfolio also is increasingly diversified, a good portent for future growth.

To read more, click here.


 AB 32: Resist Attempts to Undercut California’s Landmark Clean Energy Law

Los Angeles Business Journal
by Greg Laemmle
October 6, 2014

Laemmle Theaters began as a chain of neighborhood theaters in 1938. Families would walk together to the
theater and meet their neighbors on the way. Local retailers who were a part of the community reaped the
benefits of this plentiful foot traffic. More than 75 years later, we still see encouraging Angelenos to walk – as well as ride bikes and take public transportation – as essential to the way we do business and to the future of Los Angeles.

To accomplish this, I see opportunities for both good policy and innovative business practices that will
encourage richer local commercial hubs and build greener neighborhoods in Los Angeles. First, a top priority for our community must be to support fully implementing the Climate and Clean Energy
Law, AB 32.

To read more, click here.


How Cap-and-Trade is Working in California

The Wall Street Journal
by Alejandro Lazo
September 28, 2014

When it comes to tackling global warming, “cap and trade” are words often heard but seldom put into practice. That may be about to change.

Experts thought the U.S. might adopt its own cap-and-trade system for carbon-dioxide emissions during President Barack Obama ‘s first term, before partisan divisions made that goal impossible. Now with the Obama administration’s announcement, earlier this year, that states must develop their own policies to reduce carbon emissions from power sources, the concept is getting a second look.

California, the first state with a comprehensive cap-and-trade system, started its program two years ago. A look at how that program is working, and at some of the basics of cap-and-trade, may hold lessons for other states as they consider their options.

To read more, click here.


AB 32: Resist Attempts to Undercut California’s Landmark Clean Energy Law

San Jose Mercury News
by Michael Mielke
September 10, 2014

For years, California’s largest greenhouse gas emitters have known what was coming under AB 32, our state’s pioneering climate and clean energy law. Many have planned accordingly and have been doing things like implementing energy efficiency programs that positively impact the bottom line. However, some are making a last-ditch effort to change the rules.

The Silicon Valley Leadership Group represents almost 400 businesses, including a growing number of cleantech companies. Collectively, our members have created almost one-third of the private-sector jobs in Silicon Valley and contribute more than $3 trillion to the economy worldwide. They have seen what happens when companies don’t keep up with an evolving marketplace.

To read more, click here.


Ruben Guerra and Susan Frank: Don’t delay on clean-air law

The Fresno Bee
by Ruben Guerra and Susan Frank
August 10, 2014

You may have seen some ads or read The Fresno Bee editorial (“Head off big fuel price hike,” Aug. 3) that suggest “special interests” are going to cause gas prices to go up in January as a result of transportation fuels being covered under California’s clean energy and climate law, Assembly Bill 32.

We want to set the record straight, as business leaders who have long supported the state’s clean-air policies. Perhaps we are “special” in that not only do we represent thousands of California businesses, but we are joined by tens of thousands of workers and residents who continue to voice support for AB 32 year in and year out.

To read more, click here.


ARB Letter in Response to Assemblymember Perea

July 25, 2014

Mary Nichols, Air Resources Board Chairman

Dear Assemblymember Perea:

I am writing in response to your recent letter regarding fuels under California’s Cap-and-Trade program.

California is recognized as one of the key leaders in the world taking the steps necessary to slow down climate change. Our Cap-and-Trade program is just one part of a broader set of initiatives designed to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. Bringing fuels under the cap is important because petroleum-based transportation fuels are almost forty percent of California’s greenhouse gas emissions.

The Cap-and-Trade program is designed to reduce harmful climate pollution by putting limits on emissions but allowing businesses to buy and trade allowances through a market system that ensures that greenhouse gasses are reduced in the most cost effective way possible.

To read the entire letter, click here.


CA Business Alliance Director Quoted in E&E Story About PPIC Poll

July 24, 2014

In response to a July 2014 Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) poll of likely voters and their support for the state’s landmark clean energy and climate law, AB 32, California Business Alliance Director, Susan Frank, was quoted in an E&E article. In response to a reporter’s question about the purported impact of AB 32 on gasoline prices: “It’s a terribly framed question. It’s the oil industry frame” that gas prices will go up when fuels are added to cap and trade, said Susan Frank. The oil industry and its allies are the ones promoting the idea that bringing fuels into cap and trade will trigger higher fuel prices, she said. “Most people, when asked that question, are going to say of course they don’t want to pay more,” she said, adding, “At the end of the day, you’d be better off consulting the Magic 8 Ball what [fuel] prices are going to be in January.”


Letter From SDG&E & SoCalGas in Support of Fuels in the Cap

Dear Chair Nichols:

On behalf of San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E) and Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), I am writing to express our thoughts about a potential delayed implementation of key aspects of the State’s cap-and-trade program. The cap-and-trade program already covers the state’s electricity and large natural gas consumers, including SDG&E and SoCalGas customers. The utility sector therefore already shoulders the responsibilities and costs of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. If there is a delay in bringing transportation into the cap-and-trade program, achieving the overall GHG reduction objective that have been discussed become more difficult.

To read the entire letter, click here.


NEWS RELEASE:

Business Leaders: Oil Industry Should Join Others in Complying with Carbon Emissions Law

July 8, 2014

California business leaders are urging the state to deny requests to exempt oil companies from its successful cap and trade program. “Hundreds of California businesses have been successfully complying with the state’s clean energy law – AB 32 – and the oil industry shouldn’t receive a special exemption,” said Susan Frank, director of the California Business Alliance for a Green Economy, which recently signed a letterto a handful of lawmakers seeking such an exemption.

To read the full Press Release, click here.


Joint Letter of Economic and Energy Experts to CARB Chairman Mary Nicholson Maintaining Beneficial, Low-Carbon Transportation Policies in California

July 1, 2014

Dear Chair Nichols,

We commend your leadership in implementing the world’s most comprehensive climate law and support your commitment to maintain fuels as an integral part of the economy wide cap-and-trade program for the carbon starting in 2015. Once transportation is brought within the program, California will be the first functioning economy-wide cap-and-trade program, providing a powerful boost for the national and international advancement of climate policy.

To read the entire letter and the diverse group of signatories, click here.

32 California State Senators and Assemblymembers Send Letter to Governor BrownSaying Oil Companies Shouldn’t Get to Play by Different Rules


32 California State Senators and Assemblymembers Send Letter to Governor Brown Saying Oil Companies Shouldn’t Get to Play by Different Rules

June 27, 2014

Dear Governor Brown:

In light of recent concerns expressed by our colleagues to the Chair of the California Air Resources Board regarding the impacts of fuels coming under the AB 32 cap-and-trade program, we, the undersigned, write to offer a different perspective.

AB 32 is rooted in the principle that business as usual is unsustainable when it comes to reliance on fossil fuels. California’s most disadvantaged communities from Fresno to Long Beach to Richmond to Riverside are already bearing the brunt of the impacts: a historic drought, wildfires of unprecedented strength and 12 million people breathing air that does not meet federal health standards. These impacts result in tens of billions of dollars annually in health and economic losses, while every dollar a Californian spends on gasoline creates one sixteenth as many jobs as a dollar spent on other goods and services.

To read the entire letter, click here.


Risky Business team spreads out in D.C. to spread word on climate costs

Environment & Energy Publishing
by Anne C. Mulkern
June 25, 2014

“This sober, fact-based assessment paints a very real picture of the potential loss of property and income business owners face if we don’t take meaningful, collective action to address climate change,” said Susan Frank, director of the California Business Alliance for a Green Economy. “The high-level messengers for the ‘Risky Business’ report will have a lot of influence with CEOs of companies.”


Coalition of Businesses, Associations and Organizations Respond to Legislators’ Request to Allow Oil Companies’ Free Pass on AB 32 Compliance

June 24, 2014

Dear Assembly Members:

We are writing in response to your letter to California Air Resources Board Chairman Mary Nichols seeking financial relief for or to delay the compliance obligation of oil companies under AB 32, putting the brakes on reductions in carbon pollution. Either action would be worth billions of dollars to the world’s most profitable companies at the expense of the health and well-being of the people of California. Transportation accounts for 40 percent of carbon pollution in California. Reducing pollution from this sector is essential to meet California’s targets. The top five oil companies made an estimated profit of more than $200,000 a minute over the past two years, or $211 billion dollars. We believe that they can afford to comply with AB 32 just as the rest of the state’s businesses are doing.

To read the entire letter and the diverse group of signatories, click here.


Editorial: Clean energy is golden for the Inland Empire economy

Redlands Daily Facts
By Jon Harrison
June 11, 2014

Why does a new report by the Inland Empire Economic Partnership suggest that citizens, businesses and elected officials resist – even roll back – the clean energy progress that is today’s new frontier in economic growth?

As a business professional, councilman and father who cares deeply about the future prosperity of this region where I’ve lived for more than 30 years, I don’t buy it.

In fact, it points us in exactly the wrong direction.

To read more, click here.


Tom Steyer: Green Giant

TIME Magazine
By Bryan Walsh
June 2, 2014

The June 2, 2014, issue of TIME Magazine featured a story about California philanthropist and activist, Tom Steyer. Susan Frank, Director of the California Business Alliance, was quoted in the article when asked to comment on Steyer’s past engagement in California ballot measures: “The habit continued as Steyer took a more direct hand in politics. In 2012 he spent $5 million on a successful campaign in California to defeat proposition 23, which would have suspended the state’s landmark climate-change law. He topped that win in 2012, spending $35 million to promote California’s Proposition 39 ballot initiative, which he helped write. That measure closed a tax loophole for out-of-state corporations and funneled $1 billion in new revenue toward clean energy. ‘He was a major reason why we were able to level the playing field,’ says Susan Frank, director of the California Business Alliance for a Green Economy.'”

To read more, click here.


Cap-and-trade law levels playing field for reducing carbon emissions

Long Beach Press-Telegram
By Tom Bowman
May 27, 2014

For decades, polluting industries have argued that California’s policy approach to addressing cleaning up our air harms our economy. The misleading warnings and doom-and-gloom predictions haven’t materialized – instead Californians continue to support our state’s approach to addressing climate change, in polls and at the ballot box.

To read more, click here.


AB 32: California businesses appreciate state’s environmental planning

San Jose Mercury News
By Dan Adler and Mike Mielke

May 26, 2014

Business people are, by nature, careful planners. Most executives wouldn’t think of starting a venture without a business plan, detailed budgets and thoughtful growth plans.

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.

To read more, click here.


Business Leaders Call for Climate Rules Beyond 2020 As Air Resources Board Considers AB 32’s Future

May 21, 2014

As the California Air Resources Board (CARB) hears public comment Thursday on a far-reaching plan to meet the greenhouse gas reduction goals in the Golden State’s clean energy law (AB 32), business groups are calling on lawmakers to make more definitive plans beyond 2020. The business leaders say formally extending AB 32 will provide certainty and market signals, while guiding high-stakes energy investment decisions they have to make now.

To read more, click here.


Fact-checking the Low-carbon Fuel Standard

Capitol Weekly
By Tim Carmichael and Eileen Tutt
May 12, 2014

Most of us don’t think twice about our options when we stop to fill our tank with gasoline. But what if you knew you had a choice of fuels, not just of brands?

We represent business groups working to bring choice to California’s fuel market by offering alternatives to gasoline and diesel, such as biofuels, natural gas, and electricity.

To read more, click here.


Editorial: No Denying it – Climate Change is Here and Now

Sacramento Bee
Editorial Board
May 9, 2014

Some industries fight California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard. By last year, though, according to a UC Davis study, the standard has led to the removal of the equivalent of more than a half-million gas guzzlers from the state’s freeways.

In the past, critics pooh-poohed the viability of renewable energy such as wind and solar. At last count, these energy sources supplied 22 percent of the electricity in California.

Now the state’s cap-and-trade program is ramping up, along with much-needed long term efforts to reduce driving by building high-speed rail and transit-oriented housing, along with shorter-term steps such as weatherization.

To read more, click here.


The Low Carbon Fuel Standard is Good For California

Breaking Energy
By George Slover
May 2, 2014

The oil industry continues to try to beat back California’s pioneering clean energy policies. But we at Consumers Union believe their efforts will ultimately fail. That’s because California’s families and businesses are better served by having more energy choices, a level playing field for alternative energy producers, and a focus on efficiency and clean energy innovation. Take the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), which is part of California’s groundbreaking AB 32 clean energy and climate law.

To read more, click here.


Fueling the Future: Biofuels grow as viable alternatives

Alaska Airlines Magazine
By Eric Gold 

April 2014

Many of us have driven up to a favorite fast-food restaurant to order some golden french fries or an apple pie. When a SeQuential Pacific Biodiesel truck pulls into a fast-food parking lot, the driver usually isn’t there for lunch – instead, the truck comes for the restaurant’s used fryer oil. In 2013, SeQuential turned the oil from 7,000 restaurants into 6 million gallons of bio-mass-based substitute for ordinary petroleum diesel. The production figure was an increase from 5 million gallons of fuel in 2012.

SeQuential’s story is one of growth – and is reflective of the potential for the broader biofuels industry.

To read more, click here.


California Paving Way for U.S. on Reducing Carbon Emissions

Bloomberg
By Stephen Siciliano
March 18, 2014

State actions on climate change are reducing emissions and offering templates for effective federal standards, according to Mary Nichols, chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board (ARB).

State successes are helping to lay the foundation for strong federal standards and those then reinforce the next round of state successes,” Nichols said at a March 14 conference on “Navigating Climate Regulation on Dual Tracks: The Promises and Pitfalls of AB32 and the Clean Air Act.”

To read more, click here.


Statement on Proposed Carbon Tax

By Susan Frank, Director, California Business Alliance
February 20, 2014

“A carbon tax for liquid fuels allows a single industry to avoid reducing greenhouse gas emissions by passing the burden to businesses and consumers. It is the oil industry’s free pass. It’s a bit mystifying as to why we would want to re-open the debate about AB 32 when we know it is working and voters support its continued implementation. The business community values certainty and predictability – this does the exact opposite. The only outcomes I can see from the introduction of carbon tax legislation will be creating uncertainty in the marketplace and disrupting the flow of auction proceeds to important projects that create jobs and lower electricity bills that boost bottom lines.”

To read more, click here.


Jim Tischer and Russell Teall: Clean-energy law lifts small business

The Fresno Bee
December 22, 2013

It’s absolutely true that small business owners are also your neighbors — people with families who have a vested interest in making California’s air more breathable and its water cleaner, as was said in a Dec. 15 commentary (“Small businesses not heard on energy costs”) in The Bee.

But the suggestion that small business has silently drawn the short straw when it comes to our state’s pioneering energy policies just doesn’t ring true to us.

As small business owners have said time and again — in public hearings, at the state Legislature, and in publications like The Bee — California’s innovative energy efforts create a better state to do business in, and to live in, and create opportunities for enterprises large and small. That’s why business groups from Small Business California to the Latin Business Association to the Silicon Valley Leadership Group have spoken out in favor of California’s clean energy leadership.

Read the full op-ed here.

Read more here: http://www.fresnobee.com/2013/12/22/3680896/clean-energy-law-lifts-smalbusiness.html#storylink=cpy


Diverse Coalition Calls on Governor to Repay Cap and Trade Auction Proceeds Loan, and Invest in Clean Air, Clean Energy and Jobs

December 11, 2013

A diverse coalition representing California businesses, local government, health, transportation, economic justice and the environment joined together today to call on Governor Jerry Brown to repay the $500 million loan of cap and trade auction proceeds to the general fund in the current budget, and make good on commitments to voters by investing these and future proceeds, as required by law, in projects that grow the economy, create jobs in the communities that need them most, reduce carbon pollution and improve air quality.

Read the full press release here.


A New Alliance on Climate Change

The New York Times
November 13, 2013

In an effort to compensate for the failure of central governments to address the dangers of climate change with comprehensive national policies, cities, states and regions have developed their own strategies to rein in emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. California’s ambitious plan aims to reduce emissions 80 percent by 2050 by requiring cleaner cars, more energy-efficient buildings and renewable fuels. Nine northeastern states have joined in a regional trading program aimed at reducing power-plant emissions.

Read the full article here.


Stakeholders Send Governor Brown Letter on California Cap & Trade Auction Proceeds Loan Repayment & Investment

October 31, 2013

Over 90 stakeholders signed on to a letter sent to Governor Jerry Brown’s office concerning the issues of cap and trade auction proceeds this past Thursday.

“On behalf of the undersigned, we thank you for making climate change and clean energy a priority in your Administration. Your leadership has helped sustain and advance California’s position as a model for climate action and preparedness. As the state begins to chart out the strategies needed to achieve its long-term climate targets, we write to urge you to invest the proceeds from the cap and trade program toward furthering those critical goals.”

Read the full letter here.


California, Washington, Oregon & British Columbia Join Forces to Combat Climate Change

October 28, 2013

The leaders of British Columbia, California, Oregon and Washington signed the Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy today, committing their governments, and a region that represents the world’s fifth largest economy, to a comprehensive and far-reaching strategic alignment to combat climate change and promote clean energy.

California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber, Washington Governor Jay Inslee were joined at Cisco SF by British Columbia’s Premier Christy Clark, who participated via TelePresence from Victoria. BC Environment MinisterHonourable Mary Polak attended in person.

Learn more about the signing here.

Read the full PCC press release here.


Business Leaders: California Still Headed in Right Direction

Updated AB 32 Scoping Plan keeps state on track beyond 2020
October 1, 2013

Sacramento, Calif. – Oct. 1, 2013 – Business leaders representing thousands of small- to-medium-sized companies across California gave a nod today to a proposal designed to kick off discussions around how the state will cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions beyond the year 2020. Today’s release of the AB 32 Scoping Plan Discussion Draft – a roadmap to reach the goals of the state’s landmark clean energy and climate law – marks a first step toward cutting GHG emissions 80 percent below 1990 levels by the year 2050 in California. The Discussion Draft also shows that the state is on track to meet its 2020 emissions reductions goals.

Read more.


Electric Vehicles Are the Future – – Right Now

Capitol Weekly
By Steve Kinsey, Richard Lowenthal
August 20, 2013

Cars are on a roll, and electric vehicles are leading the pack.

In June, automakers saw the highest seasonally adjusted annual sales rate since 2007 — that’s before the Great Recession — selling 9.2 percent more vehicles than they did last June . And plug-in electrics are among the biggest gainers. Nissan says its sales of the all-electric, made-in-America Leaf have risen 319 percent since last May. Sales of Chevrolet’s plug-in hybrid Volt are up 53 percent compared to last June . And while Bay-area-based Tesla doesn’t release monthly sales figures, the luxury electric-car maker has seen its stock price triple this year.

Why are electric vehicles – EVs – catching on so quickly? It’s part common sense—and part smart policies. Read More.


Fuel Standards Bill’s Implementation is Vital to California

Contra Costa Times
By Dr. James K. Brown
August 5, 2013

One year ago Tuesday, a fire at Chevron’s Richmond oil refinery sent black smoke wafting across the East Bay. Contra Costa Health Services asked residents to stay in their homes, close the windows, and wait it out. About 11,000 people sought medical treatment. Many suffered from eye, nasal and throat irritations that were short-lived. For those with pre-existing asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, their cough and shortness of breath increased dramatically, sometimes for extended periods. This refinery fire was a dramatic demonstration that air pollution is bad for our health.Read more.


Setting the Record Straight (Again): Small Business Not Harmed by AB 32

The California Majority Report
By Susan Frank
July 18, 2013

I do my best to avoid responding directly to groundless attacks on California’s clean energy and climate law (AB 32), but this latest incident demands some truth-telling. John Kabateck of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) makes claims in a Fox and Hounds op-ed that are consistent with the dirty energy and old manufacturing industry arguments against AB 32, and which belie logic and fact. Read more.


Making the Case for the Low Carbon Fuel Standard

Capitol Weekly
By Eileen Tutt and Tim Carmichael
July 1, 2013

It is fitting that the Western States Petroleum Association’s latest critique of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard invoked a 22-year-old desperado movie. The message that Californians should continue to rely exclusively on a single fuel for our cars and trucks, much of which comes from unstable sources, is outdated. And just like Thelma and Louise, it’s reckless. California’s economy is built on innovation. We are a state that looks forward, not back. The Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) is poised to advance that legacy while revitalizing the state’s economy by attracting new investment and creating jobs in the growing clean fuels industry. By guaranteeing a diverse mix of alternative fuels and vehicles, the LCFS will protect consumers from the price volatility that is a byproduct of a lack of fuel diversity and consumer choice. Read more.


Business Alliance Members Sign Letter to Governor Jerry Brown on Borrowing Auction Proceeds

On June 14, upon passage of the state budget, Business Alliance members joined on a letter with 70 businesses, organizations, and associations to call on Governor Brown “to pledge swift repayment by a date certain of the $500 million loan of auction proceeds and rapid initiation of funding for programs envisioned by the investment plan, including the possibility of doing so within the 2013-14 fiscal year should auction revenues exceed $500 million.” Read the letter here.


Press Release

Rapid Developments in Alternative Fuels Surpassing Expectations

Sacramento, Calif. – June 13, 2013 – Industry leaders and investors are heartened by faster-than‐expected developments in alternative fuels, according to an industry report released today. The alternative fuels market has evolved much faster than anticipated, reveals the report, produced by a coalition of investors, utilities, and makers of alternative fuels and vehicles. For example, sales of electric vehicles are beating early projections, the surge in natural gas supply is helping decrease the carbon intensity in the transportation of merchandise, and biodiesel and renewable diesel are being consumed in much higher quantities than ever before. Although the cellulosic ethanol industry has struggled to produce projected volumes, other alternatives have emerged in unforeseen ways. Read more.


Heeding Call to Shout ‘From the Rooftops,’ Researchers Warn Earth’s Tipping Point is Near

ClimateWire
By Anne C. Mulkern
May 24, 2013

Climate change and other environmental strains are pushing the planet toward a tipping point of irreversible harm, a group of 520 scientists warned yesterday in a paper seeking to “sound the alarm.” The researchers from 44 countries signed a “consensus statement” that calls for global action on climate disruption, species extinctions, loss of ecosystem diversity, pollution and population growth. Changes must start today, they said, “for humanity’s continued health and prosperity.” The scientists said their goal was to translate the latest research into real-world consequences that could be understood by policymakers and the average person. Read more.


Viewpoints: Brown Should Not Retreat From Investing Cap-and-Trade Money

The Sacramento Bee
By Holly Smithson and Susan Frank
May 22, 2013

We had such high hopes in April. California recently collected nearly half a billion dollars under its new emissions trading system, which “caps” industrial greenhouse gas emissions and requires firms to obtain pollution permits for every ton of carbon they emit. The state’s unenviable next task was to choose among all the worthy options to meet the law’s requirement to invest those proceeds in projects that further the goals of AB 32, the state’s landmark clean energy law. On the table were a host of impressive near- and long-term projects to advance clean and efficient energy; more bikeable, walkable communities; mass transit; the weatherization of low-income homes; and the all-important job-training programs to enable low-income Californians to take part in our growing clean energy economy. Then came last Tuesday’s announcement that these investments will likely have to wait. The governor’s May revised budget disclosed plans to divert $500 million in cap-and-trade auction proceeds to the general fund. Read more.


Clean Mobility Stations Selling Locally-Sourced Biofuels on West Coast

Fox News
By Michelle Macaluso
May 13, 2013

Propel Fuels is launching its Clean Mobility Centers in Fresno. The stations will offer both E85 and biodiesels ranging from B5 to B99 that will be locally-sourced from producers in Central California. “We think the Clean Mobility Center represents the gas station of the future. We recognize that America’s needs are changing when it comes to gas stations. People are using alternative forms of transportation and people want to use things other than oil to fuel their vehicle,” said Matt Horton, CEO of Propel Fuels. Any flex fuel vehicle can use the E85, while the biodiesel blend works on vehicles that run on diesel, although not all automobile manufacturers approve it, so it may void your warranty. Propel Fuels has partnered with Calgren Renewable Fuels in Pixley, Calif., to supply the ethanol blend and Community Fuels in Stockton, Calif., for the biodiesel. Read more.


Big Oil’s Favorite Anti-Clean Energy Study Knocked Down by Review Panel

AutoblogGreen
By Jon LeSage
May 13, 2013

Oil companies and other supporters of the fossil fuel status quo have been using a study by Boston Consulting Group (BCG) to attack California’s landmark clean energy bill AB32, particularly the bill’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS). Oil companies have been particularly irate that the LCFS requires them to reduce carbon pollution from gasoline and diesel 10 percent by 2020. But when the BCG report was roundly criticized, the Big Oil tried to come to the rescue. Now, an independent panel of scientists and academics has determined that the BCG study, the ammo being used to attack California’s clean energy efforts, is packed with erroneous findings. Read more.


RGGI Will Let the Region Thrive

Seacoast Online
By Chris Meyer
May 13, 2013

Back in 2008, one year into the Great Recession, I started a brand-new business. Crazy? Just the opposite. My company, Yankee Thermal Imaging, makes money by helping New Englanders save money on energy. We test buildings with cutting-edge technology that zeroes in on leaks, and then send crews to fix the problems. We’ve helped scores of families and more than a dozen municipalities save what will likely turn out to be tens of thousands of dollars in energy waste. The economic downturn raised a lot of awareness about energy costs, and how much thriftier we can be with the right up-front investments. Even as it ebbs, I doubt Americans are likely to turn back. It’s not just that we’re saving money, we’re also helping clean our air and water, and strengthening our nation by reducing our dependence on foreign oil. Read more.


Reader Rebuttal (Levin & Ryan): California’s Cap-and-Trade Program

Orange County Register
By Mike Levin and Hank Ryan
May 12, 2013

As part of that community, we would like to offer a different perspective.An April 25 Register editorial [“Oh, Canada, may we emit?”] that criticized California’s pioneering energy law, Assembly Bill 32, and the related market mechanism known as cap and trade, purported to represent “California’s business community.” In reality, the political history of cap and trade traces back to free-market conservatism. In the 1980s, the Reagan administration first advanced discussion of “emissions trading,” which promoted cleaning up the environment by letting people buy and sell the right to pollute. During the 1980s and 1990s, emissions trading helped to phase out leaded gasoline and acid rain with positive results. Read more.


Could Embracing Clean Energy Help the GOP?

Fox & Hounds
By Susan Frank
May 9, 2013

“We want to be the first city that produces more electricity from solar energy than we consume on a daily basis.” You might be thinking that the Mayor of Berkeley said that, but in fact, it was R. Rex Parris, the Republican Mayor of Lancaster, California, a high desert city known for hosting the annual California Poppy Festival. As of this year, it also has the distinction of becoming the first city in the United States to require solar panels on all new homes in an effort to make the community more carbon neutral. Mayor Parris is just one example – Republican elected officials around the state and country are embracing clean energy because it is a job creator and benefits local communities. They are following the path of former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz, who has touted the economic and energy security benefits of clean energy to GOP audience for years. Read more.


Five Myths About Electric Cars

The Washington Post
April 26, 2013

The troubles of electric-car-maker Fisker Automotive have fueled another round of debate about whether plug-ins can live up to their promises. The California start-up, which had already halted production and laid off most of its employees, missed a federal loan payment Monday and told a congressional hearing on Wednesday that it may not be able to avoid bankruptcy. This is probably the end of the road for Fisker. But definitely not for electric cars. Let me dispel some of the myths. Read on for the five myths.


State to Hear Comments on How to Invest $600 Million from Pollution Proceeds

Business Alliance Press Release
April 25, 2013

As the California Air Resources Board (CARB) hears public comment today on how to spend hundreds of millions of dollars in revenues from the Golden State’s clean energy law (AB 32), business leaders say state officials should grab the chance to widen California’s lead in the global clean energy race. “Invest these funds strategically, and not in a scattershot way,” says Susan Frank, Director of the California Business Alliance for a Green Economy. “I am glad to see the state is pursuing a comprehensive plan, and I urge policy makers to take full advantage of this unprecedented opportunity to use that plan to guide investments that will maximize the benefits for California’s diverse businesses, workforce and communities.” The Department of Finance and CARB last week released a preliminary proposal for spending up to $600 million of revenues from sales of pollution permits… Read more.


Business Group Slams Cap-and-Trade Suit, Backs Quebec Alliance

Sacramento Business Journal
By Christopher Arns
April 18, 2013

A prominent business group slammed a recent lawsuit against California’s cap-and-trade system Wednesday and announced support for a new plan to extend the program to Quebec. The transnational linkage would expand the market by allowing firms in either state to trade carbon allowances starting in January 2014, followed by their first joint auction a month later. Companies could buy the allowances to offset their greenhouse gas emissions, a key part of Assembly Bill 32, California’s landmark global warming law that requires the state to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. The Golden State held its first auction for carbon allowances in November last year. Read More.


Chevron Defies California On Carbon Emissions

Bloomberg
By Ben Elgin & Peter Waldman
April 17, 2013

Chevron Corp. (CVX) helped write the first-in-the-nation rule ordering reduced carbon emissions from cars and trucks. Its biofuels chief spoke at the ceremony where California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the executive order in 2007, the same year the oil company pledged to develop a gasoline replacement from wood. Now Chevron is leading a lobbying and public relations campaign to undercut the California mandate aimed at curbing global warming, two years after the state started phasing it in. Read More.

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Energy, Environment Key Issues in Brown’s China Trip

Capitol Weekly
By Mary Leslie, President, Los Angeles Business Council
and Holly Smithson, President & COO, CleanTECH San Diego
April 18, 2013

Between courting investors and strategic partners and uncovering the enormous challenges and opportunities represented in China’s 1.3 billion population, Governor Jerry Brown continues to advance his sustainable vision and global legacy. A key focus of the governor’s 10-day trade mission to China was to share California’s invaluable experience of growing its economy while reducing pollution with its pioneering low carbon development policies. That’s the opportunity that prompted us to join this unprecedented mission – and it may also end up as Gov. Brown’s most enduring and critical accomplishment. Read More.


 

CA Business Leaders See Opportunities with Québec Carbon Market Linkage, Dismiss Lawsuit Filed by an Extreme Group 

Business Alliance Press Release
April 17, 2013

Mountain View, CA – A vote of confidence today from California business leaders as California’s carbon trading program prepares to expand.

“Smart business owners know that one of the best ways to expand opportunities and bring down costs is to align with a smart and capable partner. That is exactly what California is doing by linking its trading program with Quebec’s program,” said Susan Frank, Director of the California Business Alliance for a Green Economy. “A larger market both creates greater economic opportunities for California’s products and services, and it gives companies under the cap more options for selling, buying or trading allowances.” Read More.


John A. Pérez: California Still The Place for Business

Orange County Register
By John A. Pérez
April 12, 2013

As Assembly speaker, my focus has been on creating jobs and getting Californians back to work. That can’t happen without businesses being able to succeed. And while we can always improve our business climate, I would urge Californians to see through the bogus claims of states like Virginia and Utah. When it comes to business, California is still the place to be. California is a national leader in job creation. According to the Public Policy Institute of California, in February the state’s annual employment growth rate of 2.1 percent surpassed the U.S rate of 1.5 percent, with California adding 293,800 jobs over the year. Read More.


Long Beach Green Business Council Launching Green Action Workshops For Small Businesses

Long Beach Business Journal
By Tiffany Rider
April 9, 2013

Tom Bowman, chairman of Bowman Design Group and one of the newest members of the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce’s Green Business Council (GBC), will use his experience creating energy and consumption efficiencies at his company to lead sustainability workshops for small businesses starting this summer. “The idea of the Green Action Workshops is to bring a structure to sustainability that is easy to manage and to engage small business owners to make a pledge to do it,” Bowman told the Business Journal. “Also, literally in the workshop, writing their own green business plan so they know what to do, what to measure, how to measure it and what the results are likely to be. We hope they will all join the council as well.” Read More.


Low Carbon Fuel Standard: Consumer Choice Is Key To California Success

The Mercury News
By Matt Horton
April 4, 2013

In 2010, voters defeated an attempt to repeal the state’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard, California’s landmark clean energy law, and committed to cleaner fuels by a 23-point margin. Today, as a consequence, the standard and new technologies are helping consumers and businesses access a brand new competitive market with a full spectrum of fueling options. Whether by blending alternative fuels into gasoline or developing entirely new fuel types, the low carbon standard is driving the development of clean alternatives to oil. Demand for them will accelerate innovation and create jobs right here in California. Read More.


 

Green Energy Helps Grow Jobs

The Desert Sun
By Mike Perrault
March 24, 2013

California outpaced the rest of the nation last year and became the first state to install more than 1,000 megawatts of solar panels in one year, according to a new annual report released by GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association. One megawatt powers 750-1,000 homes. The amount of new photovoltaic solar panels installed nationwide, meanwhile, grew to 3,313 megawatts in 2012, nearly doubling from 1,887 megawatts in 2011, the report showed. The latest numbers bode well for workers at home solar installation companies and large solar installations being developed for the utility market. Read More.

California Continues to Lead Nation in Green Technology

Los Angeles Times
By Ronald D. White
March 20, 2013

When it comes to the green technology sector, there’s California and then there is everyone else. The state has managed to reduce per capita greenhouse gas emissions even as its economy and population have grown, according to Next 10, the San Francisco nonprofit group that has produced the California green innovation index for the last five years. In its just released 2013 report, Next 10 said the state continues to be the national leader in areas such as venture capital funding for green technology, green tech patents and the growth in clean power generation. Read More.


 

Sacramento Leads the State in Clean Tech Job Growth

Sacramento Bee
By Mark Glover
March 19, 2013

Next 10’s 2013 California Green Innovation Index said jobs in Sacramento’s clean economy had the fastest growth rate in the state over the measured January 2010 to January 2011 period, with jobs rising 10 percent to more than 10,000 during that time. Statewide, Next 10 said that clean technology patent registrations and energy productivity are growing, clean economy jobs continue a post-recession recovery and the state’s carbon intensity – the amount of greenhouse gases emitted to produce each dollar of goods – continues to drop. Read More.


 

Green Jobs Grow Four Times Faster Than Others

Los Angeles Times
By Don Lee
March 19, 2013

The nation had about 3.4 million green energy jobs in 2011, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said Tuesday in its second annual and final look at this emerging category of employment. In all, so-called green jobs accounted for just 2.6% of all employment that year, but a comparison with 2010 data shows that these jobs grew at four times the rate of all the others combined. Green employment jumped 4.9% in 2011 from the prior year. That compares with a gain of 1.2% for all jobs and 2.7% for restaurants, 1.7% for manufacturing and 1.8% for healthcare, which is often seen as the fastest-growing sector. Read More.


 

ALTERNATIVE FUELS: Calif. Lawmaker’s Low-Carbon Fuel Standard Bill Has Tea Party Backing

ClimateWire
By Debra Kahn, E&E Reporter
March 15, 2013

…A green business advocate disputed that the state’s fuels policies are to blame for high fuel prices. “There are a lot of people out there, small business owners who I work with, who have to deal with high gas prices every day,” said Susan Frank, director of the California Business Alliance for a Green Economy, a “virtual business network” that gets its funding from groups including the Energy Foundation, William & Flora Hewlett Foundation and Environment Now Foundation. “They view the oil companies as the reason we pay more money at the pump.”Read More.

 


Pollution Bill Could Help State Clean Up In Jobs

Los Angeles Business Council
By Leonard E. Robinson, Environmental Consultant and Radio Show Host
and Ruben Guerra, Chairman and Chief Executive, Latin Business Association
March 11, 2013

…Many of our business colleagues have come to appreciate that the state is actually better prepared to weather the uncharted climate change waters thanks to the many concrete benefits for California, primarily including more than $3.9 billion in private-sector investment in a promising new clean energy economy. Our state’s pioneering steps to limit pollution that dirties our air, increases respiratory ailments and threatens the stability of our climate has sent a strong signal to business that expect that such limits will inevitably be imposed nationwide. They appreciate the clarity, which helps them plan well into the future, as well as the common-sense, market-based approach California has taken… Read More.

 


Investment Needed in New Low Carbon Fuel

Sacramento Bee
by Vinod Khosla, Founder and President, Khosla Ventures
March 7, 2013

Large oil companies like to tell the public “We Agree” when it comes to clean energy. But in Sacramento and Washington, their motto seems to be “It Can’t Be Done.” A Jan. 31 article in the San Jose Mercury News, “Chevron and its allies take aim at California’s low carbon fuel standard,” demonstrates how the oil industry has once again banded together to oppose groundbreaking environmental initiatives… Read More.

 


Attacking Low Carbon Fuel Standard is Bad Policy

Capitol Weekly
by Mike Hart, CEO, Sierra Energy
February 12, 2013

California is home to the world’s greatest innovation economy. From semiconductors to social networks, the state boasts a rich tradition of supporting new technologies that spawn job-creating companies and industries and provide California consumers with the goods and services that make their lives better. But recent attacks on the Low Carbon Fuel Standard could stifle California’s role as an innovation leader. And these attacks could also stifle improvements to our economy, consumer choice and the environment…” Read More.

 


California Leads Nation in Advanced Bio-Fuel Companies, Report Says

Los Angeles Times
by Ronald D. White
February 7, 2013

It isn’t often that one gets to say that California has gotten it right in terms of attracting and supporting cutting-edge business enterprises. But in advanced bio-fuels, a new report says the state is leading the way. E2, also known as Environmental Entrepreneurs, is a Washington-based group of “business leaders who promote sound environmental policy that builds economic prosperity.” E2’s new analysis of the nation’s advanced bio-fuels industry said that California had 30 of the more than 80 companies that now operate in 27 states…” Read More.


The Attempt to Derail California’s Clean-Air Policies

Capitol Weekly
by Susan Frank, Director, California Business Alliance for a Green Economy
January 28, 2013

California businesses and the public at large are beginning to reap the substantial rewards of our state’s landmark clean air and energy policies. Unfortunately, this progress is in significant jeopardy thanks to the oil industry and other dirty energy companies that continue to do everything possible to undermine these laws. It is important to remember the long history of these efforts by looking at the facts – and that means treading over some familiar turf…” Read More.

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