See below for a current and historical compilation of clean energy-related op-eds and stories.

Report: California’s clean truck rule will save the economy billions, eliminate vast amounts of pollution

June 18, 2020

Next week, California plans to do something that’s never been done before. The state will finalize the world’s first electric vehicle manufacturing standard, which promises to add thousands more clean trucks and buses to California streets. The rule requires makers of medium- and heavy-duty trucks to build more electric options, and says a certain percent of heavy duty trucks on the market must be zero emission vehicles. The rule will make it so that, by 2035, about 60% of all trucks and buses sold in California will be clean. The move is certainly good news for California’s air, which is the smoggiest in the country. But it’s also good news for the economy. A new report from Environmental Defense Fund and Energy Innovation finds the proposed rule saves at least $7 billion over the next 20 years.
Read the full report here.

Electrification Can Supercharge California’s Post-COVID Economy

June 18, 2020

Clean energy can be the economic engine for California. We already lead the U.S. in solar energy and electric vehicle deployment, and rank fifth in wind power. These industries, plus energy efficiency, have made our clean energy workforce the nation’s largest and attracted many of the world’s most innovative clean tech companies. Much of this success is because California climate policy is America’s most ambitious, targeting 40% fewer emissions by 2030 and net zero emissions by 2045.

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Stimulus Transportation Electrification Letter to Congressional Leaders

May 21, 2020

On behalf of our tens of millions of members and supporters nationwide, we thank you for your strong efforts to combat COVID-19 and safeguard Americans during this crisis. We urge you to continue your work to prioritize public health and frontline workers. As Congress looks to rebuild and stimulate the economy, we also urge you to invest in a major clean transportation stimulus package that will go a long way in putting Americans back to work, increasing American competitiveness, and protecting our health and climate. This includes relief and stimulus investment in electrifying the entire transportation sector and supporting public transit. We specifically recommend that a stimulus program accelerate clean transportation manufacturing, invest in electric vehicle infrastructure, deploy electric buses in transit and school bus fleets, and make electric cars and trucks more affordable to consumers and businesses.
Read the full letter here.

E2 Report: Repowering America’s Economy in the Wake of COVID-19

April 15, 2020

At the start of 2020, clean energy employment increased for the fifth straight year since this annual report was first released—growing beyond 3.3 million workers nationwide.

While California remained the nation’s undisputed leader in clean energy jobs through 2019, states as diverse in size and structure as Texas and Massachusetts also are in the top ten for clean energy jobs. Overall, clean energy jobs across the country grew by slightly more than two percent in 2019, slower than its nearly four percent growth in 2018. Jobs in renewable energy grew more than three percent, led in part by a rebound in solar jobs. Clean energy storage and grid modernization jobs increased four percent—faster than any other sector—while clean vehicle employment declined by about two percent after a 17 percent jump in 2018. Energy efficiency remains the single biggest sector of the clean energy economy, growing over two percent in 2019 and adding the most net new jobs (54,000) across the entire energy sector.

As a result of the industry’s consistent growth, clean energy accounted for more than 40 percent of America’s entire energy workforce and over 2.25% of the nation’s overall employment at the end of 2019.

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SB 100 Op-Eds

September 15, 2017

Business leaders from throughout the state lead the call for passage of SB 100 to drive California’s clean energy economy forward. Read the one dozen prominent opinion pieces in the Sacramento Bee, Capitol Weekly, LA Daily News, San Diego Business Journal, Huffington Post and more.

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Business supports SB 100’s call for 100% clean electricity in California:
State and national business groups endorse bill setting goal
of 100% renewable energy by 2045

September 12, 2017

Sacramento, Calif.—Nearly two dozen national and California business groups sent a letter to state policymakers on Monday endorsing legislation that would move California to 100% renewable energy by the year 2045. The bill – SB 100 – would accelerate California’s current 50% Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) from 2030 to 2026, while also raising the RPS to 60% by 2030.

Signers from across the state include the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, Ceres, Los Angeles Business Council, Cleantech San Diego, the Sierra Business Council, the California Business Alliance for a Clean Economy,and the California Wind Energy Association, as well as national groups such as the American Sustainable Business Council. They see the bill as an important step in maintaining and accelerating California’s leadership in the clean energy economy.

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Business Leaders Express Support for SB 100

September 11, 2017

On behalf of the organizations listed below, we write in support of SB 100, which accelerates California’s current 50% Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) requirement from 2030 to 2026 and raises the RPS to 60% by 2030. In addition, the bill calls for the state to fulfill all of its energy needs with zero carbon resources by 2045, without allowing resource shuffling.

Many of our business partners have supported the series of climate and clean energy policies that have led California to its position of leading the nation and the world in driving the clean energy economy. California has the largest advanced energy industry in the United States, employing 1 in every 6 advanced energy workers nationwide. Employment in that sector grew at 18% in 2015, six times the rate of employment growth throughout the state. In 2017, California employers project that advanced energy employment will increase by another 8 %. California continues to lead the country in attracting clean tech investment – reaching $9.8 billion in 2015 -– in part because our policies drive demand for things like renewable energy, shifting the emphasis of corporate investors.

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Los Angeles County leads the state in clean-energy jobs

San Gabriel Valley Tribune
June 19, 2017
by Kevin Smith

An estimated 519,500 Californians are working in clean-energy industries, and Los Angeles County is leading the way, according to a report released Monday. The study from the nonpartisan business group E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs) revealed that more than $45 billion in public and private investments have been injected into the state’s economy by California’s stringent climate policies, including cap-and-trade legislation, which reduces pollution while increasing clean energy and energy efficiency.

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‘Climate Change is Real’: Many U.S. Companies Lament Paris Accord Exit

New York Times
June 1, 2017
by Daniel Victor

Soon after President Trump announced that the United States would back out of the Paris climate accord, several large companies based in the United States that had supported the international pact said they were disappointed by the decision and would continue their environmental efforts.
And two chief executives who sat on Mr. Trump’s economic advisory council — Elon Musk and Robert A. Iger — said they were leaving that group because they disagreed with the exit from the Paris agreement.

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L.A. Cleantech Incubator gets $5 million to Energize California

LA Business Journal
June 1, 2017
by Anlee Elingson

In a bid to strengthen Southern California’s clean-energy economy, the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator has launched a new initiative called Energize California with a six-year, $5 million grant from the California Energy Commission. The program will support the cleantech ecosystem and help entrepreneurs successfully bring new technologies to market with access to mentors, pilot programs, testing and prototype facilities, as well as opportunities to connect with industry thought leaders, funding sources and strategic partners.

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The business bulwark behind California’s climate progress

Green Biz
May 22, 2017
by Barbara Grady

California, the sixth largest economy in the world, is positioning itself as a bulwark against the rollback of climate progress at the national level, strutting the state’s economic growth as it implemented the toughest environmental policy in the nation. Think 13 percent job growth; innovations in electric and autonomous vehicles, smart grids, solar farms and 3-D printing; billions in clean tech venture capital investment and a GDP growth rate that doubled the national rate in both 2015 and 2016.

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As California shows, Trump doesn’t have a clue about growing the economy

Fresno Bee
May 12, 2017
by Matthew A. Winkler

California is the chief reason America is the only developed economy to achieve record GDP growth since the financial crisis of 2008 and ensuing global recession, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Much of the U.S. growth can be traced to California laws promoting clean energy, government accountability and protections for undocumented people. Gov. Jerry Brown, now in his fourth term, considers immigrants a major reason for the state’s success: “39 percent of us are Latino and the majority are from Mexico,” he said in a March 2 interview in his Sacramento office.
In the stock and bond markets, where investors show no allegiance to political parties, California has outperformed the rest of the U.S. the past five years, especially since the Nov. 9 election. California’s creditworthiness keeps getting better, measured by the declining premium global investors must pay to ensure against depreciation of the state’s debt obligations. That premium has diminished more than for any other state since 2012, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

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California Vehicle Fleet Operators, Vehicle Manufacturers, and Fuel Producers Continue to Support the Low Carbon Fuel Standard

May 11, 2017

As California policymakers consider options to extend the state’s landmark climate change laws to 2030 and beyond, today 155 businesses and industry groups said they strongly support the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) in a letter to Governor Jerry Brown, Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León, and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon.

First implemented in 2011, the LCFS requires California fuel providers to reduce the carbon intensity of transportation fuels at least 10 percent by 2020, by phasing in less carbon-intensive fuel technologies. The letter demonstrates the depth and breadth of business support for the LCFS, which creates jobs and rewards innovation while slashing greenhouse gas emissions and improving air quality.

In just five years—2011 to 2016—the LCFS helped inspire a 57 percent uptick in the use of clean fuels in California. More than 300 companies in the clean transportation technology industry now employ more than 25,000 workers in California, as CALSTART showed in a report released in 2016.

“The LCFS is spurring the growth of a cleaner fuels industry and creating new jobs in California,” said John Boesel, president and CEO of CALSTART, a consortium of clean transportation technology companies that organized the letter. “We have been seeing a steady expansion of the low carbon fuels industry in California.The LCFS is working and should be continued and strengthened.”

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Clean tech industry ‘on a roll’ in the Sacramento region

Sacramento Bee
April 25, 2017
Mark Glover

CleanStart Inc., the Sacramento-based nonprofit that works to foster the growth of clean tech companies throughout the region, said Wednesday that 94 area firms generated $3.2 billion in revenue in 2016. That was up 26 percent from $2.54 billion in 2014. Statistics were not compiled for 2015. In its “CleanStart 2017 Progress Report,” the nonprofit said the 94 regional firms provided jobs for 5,350 in the Sacramento region in 2016, up 29 percent from 4,150 in 2014.

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California’s Job Creators Applaud Court Decision Upholding California’s Cap-and-Trade Program to Advance Economic Growth

In defense of cap and trade

Capitol Weekly
April 19, 2017
Meg Arnold and Tim McCrae

When it came to relocating their U.S. headquarters, electric bus manufacturer Proterra followed the market. In 2015, Proterra set up shop in Burlingame, California in response to our state’s growing appetite for electric vehicles. The company later opened a second facility in City of Industry, bringing a total of 100 new jobs to California with plans to nearly double that by the end of this year. It’s no coincidence that California remains a pioneer on zero-emission vehicles and the jobs they attract. Our bold clean air laws make this possible.

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California’s Job Creators Applaud Court Decision Upholding California’s Cap-and-Trade Program to Advance Economic Growth

In response to the court’s decision, California business groups issued the following statement:

“Several of California’s leading business groups and associations applaud today’s court decision upholding California’s Cap-and-Trade program. The ruling helps to provide continued market and regulatory certainty that is critical for businesses while creating opportunities to maximize investments in carbon reduction programs that create jobs and economic growth. With this ruling, California’s Cap-and-Trade program can continue to drive community investments and economic activity throughout our state and maintain California’s leadership.”

-California Business Alliance for a Clean Economy
-LA Business Council
-Sierra Business Council
-Silicon Valley Leadership Group
-Valley Vision

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New opposition arises to bill that would raise the gas tax in California

April 4, 2017

Wendy James, director of the California Business Alliance for a Clean Economy, said it was “ridiculous to try to assess any specific cost increase to a particular policy.” “Blaming environmental policies for gas price spikes has been the industry’s go-to excuses for decades while they sit back and count their cash,” James said. “The truth is, almost every gas price spike is related to some problem within the oil industry.”

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West Coast Governors’ and Mayors’ Response to the President’s Executive Order to Withdraw and Rewrite the Clean Power Plan, Weaken Standards Protecting Our Air Quality and Climate

March 28, 2016

“As the governors of Washington, Oregon and California and the mayors of Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Oakland and Los Angeles, we speak today in unified opposition to President
Trump’s Executive Order withdraw and rewrite the Clean Power Plan. We won’t let the president’s misguided decision limit our region’s economic opportunities or our commitment to doing what’s right to make our cities and states cleaner and healthier for future generations. “We speak as a region of over 50 million people with a combined GDP of $2.8 trillion. There is no question that to act on climate is to act in our best economic interests. Through expanded climate policies, we have grown jobs and expanded our economies while cleaning our air.

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In fighting climate change and oil dependence, California needs all its tools

Sacramento Bee
March 2, 2016
Thomas Lawson and Eileen Wenger Tutt

Now more than ever, California’s pioneering energy policies are lights in the darkness for Americans who understand the threat posed by climate change and the urgent need for action. California must continue to curb greenhouse-gas emissions while growing its economy, using all of the tools at its disposal. The California Air Resources Board has put forth a scenario in its proposed 2030 scoping plan that would do just that. As the proposed plan suggests, an array of innovative policies – including the Low Carbon Fuel Standard and the cap-and-trade program – are required to move us toward an advanced low-carbon economy effectively and cost-efficiently. Together, these policies are creating a low-carbon economic ecosystem, made up of many interconnected parts.

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California’s Economy has Prospered Due to State’s Ambitious Climate Efforts

Fox and Hounds
January 27, 2017
Kirsten James

Tackling climate change is one of the greatest economic opportunities of the 21st century.   As an organization that works with companies large and small, across many business sectors, including apparel, electric power, financial services and technology, and investors managing more than $15 trillion in assets, we can see first-hand how California’s bold climate change policies are catalyzing enormous economic opportunities and new jobs. We were dismayed to read recent op-eds from Jack Bean (“It’s Time to Hold Climate Change Policy-Makers Accountable,” 1/6/17) and Tom Scott (“Small Business Reacts to Governor Brown’s Budget Announcement,” 1/11/17) that expressed concern about the state’s climate leadership and misrepresented its economic impacts. In truth, our state’s climate policies are fostering economic prosperity and those that claim otherwise are ignoring the facts.

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State climate policies are boosting San Joaquin Valley’s economy

Sacramento Bee
January 20, 2017
F. Noel Perry, Ethan Elkind, Betony Jones

Next 10 commissioned a team of UC Berkeley researchers to complete the first academic, comprehensive cost/benefit study of climate policies in the San Joaquin Valley. With an economy tied to fossil fuels, the eight-county region is one of the state’s most economically vulnerable to climate policies. It’s also particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change and related air pollution. So while the valley’s economic and environmental challenges make tackling climate change especially tricky, they also present unique opportunities. If climate policies can work in the San Joaquin Valley, they can work anywhere in California – and serve as a model for other states and nations.

This study looked at our state’s carbon cap-and-trade program, renewable energy policy and energy efficiency programs. The data revealed plenty of economic costs, but even greater economic benefits. In total, these key climate policies have boosted the San Joaquin Valley’s economy by more than $13 billion.

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Proposed Carlsbad energy plant contradicts state priorities

San Diego Union Tribune
December 22, 2016
Mike Levin

As an SDG&E customer and clean energy advocate, I was dismayed to read of the recent decision by the First District Court of Appeals to remove a key legal hurdle to building the Carlsbad Energy Center — a $2.2 billion dollar, 558-megawatt gas-fired power plant. The court’s decision affirms prior approval in May 2015 by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).

Make no mistake: Clean, renewable energy is California’s future. As a ratepayer, I want to see my dollars going toward energy infrastructure that hastens the transition to sustainability at a predictable price — not new investments in large combustion power plants.

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Why clean energy must be part of Fortress California

Sacramento Bee
December 15, 2016
Mary Leslie

The president of the California Business Roundtable recently argued that California’s continued focus on clean energy and climate action – in defiance of a new Trump administration – may threaten the state’s economy (“Don’t let resisting Trump hurt California’s economy,” Viewpoints, Dec. 9). The facts say otherwise.

Thanks to California’s clean energy investments, we’ve enjoyed enormous economic gains. Last year, the state attracted a record $24 billion in clean energy investment and recorded the highest GDP growth of any state, twice the national rate. Our clean economy employs 500,000 Californians, more than in agriculture and more than in Hollywood, TV and radio combined.

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How energy-efficient computers can save money and help save the planet

Sacramento Bee
December 13, 2016
Tim McRae

Leaders recognize real leadership when they see it. That’s why the Bay Area’s top technology companies are supporting the state’s first-in-the-nation energy efficiency standards for desktop computers and monitors, which the California Energy Commission is to vote on Wednesday.

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Gov. Jerry Brown Jr., Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, and British Columbia Premier Christy Clark issued the following statement on Nov. 18, the final day of the United Nations Climate Conference (COP22) in Marrakech, Morocco:

Santa Maria Sun
December 1, 2016

“Today, as COP22 comes to a close—two weeks after the Paris Agreement came into force—leaders from across the globe have renewed their commitment to climate action. In California, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia—from the Mexican border to the edge of the Yukon Territory—we stand with the international community. Our success demonstrates that taking action on climate change goes hand-in-hand with robust job creation and a thriving clean energy economy.”

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Renewable Energy Jobs on Increase in California; Clean energy is producing ‘high quality’ jobs in rural areas

Yale Climate Connections
November 21, 2016
By Diana Madsen

People often assume that protecting the climate requires an economic sacrifice. But the state of California is proving that switching to clean energy can grow the economy.

A recent study from the University of California, Berkeley, found that California’s investment in clean energy projects has generated thousands of jobs for mostly blue-collar workers.

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Business, employees embrace electric cars

The Sentinel
October 5, 2016
By Seth Nidever

You may have seen them zipping around Hanford: Subcompact Fiat cars, no exhaust pipe in the back, wrapped in the London Properties logo. A really creative advertising strategy? Maybe. But according to some of the agents who work at the company’s Hanford office, leasing an all-electric car for around-town use is proving to be a big personal benefit as well. Seven of them — about half of the total number who work out of the Hanford office — took the voluntary deal offered by the company a few weeks ago.

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Sustainable Business Long Beach Launches Resources For Local Businesses – Kickoff Breakfast Scheduled October 28

Long Beach Business Journal
September 12, 2016
By Wade Martin and Tom Bowman

As the name suggests, Sustainable Business Long Beach (SBLB) is an organization of local business leaders who are working to help other companies and our community flourish. Formerly known as the Long Beach Green Business Council, one of the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce business councils, SBLB announces its new name to coincide with the launch of a new communitywide initiative that goes far beyond the typical green business niche.

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Valley must fight to remain a hub for clean fuels jobs

Fresno Bee
August 7, 2016
By Russ Teall and Neil Koehler

Huron resident Juan Castaneda used to jump to a new seasonal agricultural job every two or three months. After taking classes at West Hills Community College, Juan landed a job eight months ago with biofuel producer Biodico through the college’s Workforce Connection program, supported by the Fresno Regional Workforce Development Board. Juan now works to transform feedstock into clean biofuel. His new job is more “sustainable” not only from an environmental perspective, but also for his quality of life: Juan went from temporary, unreliable work to a full-time, permanent career with benefits.

Without California’s climate leadership, Juan’s story would not have been possible. It’s time we give more credit to the unsung hero of our state’s climate policies: the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS). This workhorse policy – which calls on California to reduce the carbon intensity of transportation fuels at least 10 percent by 2020 – has driven more than $650 million toward clean fuel production and increased the use of clean fuels by 36 percent.

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Cap and trade auction doesn’t negate California’s economic growth

San Jose Mercury News
July 7, 2016
By Tim McRae

California’s economy has experienced transformative growth since AB 32, our signature climate change and clean energy law, passed in 2006. This growth is being overlooked amid news that the last cap and trade auction fell short of expected revenue. If you were to believe the hype, you would think the cap and trade program is in crisis. A more focused look reveals a different picture. California’s cap and trade program is not about one carbon auction, and it’s definitely not just a way to collect revenue. The program is one part of the state’s broader approach to climate change embodied by AB 32.

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Route to a greener future includes zero-emission buses

San Gabriel Valley Tribune
July 5, 2016
By John Boesel and Doran Barnes

Every day, passengers at Foothill Transit’s Pomona Transit Center see something unusual: battery-electric buses pausing at the station to charge between dropping off and picking up passengers. Since 2010, these buses have been moving passengers through the cities of Pomona and La Verne with no pollution and no fossil fuels. Foothill Transit is just one of many transit agencies throughout California making the transition to cleaner buses. California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), a key policy designed to prevent climate change, is creating real monetary value and helping to make zero-emission buses economically viable.

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Where’s California’s clean-energy capital? You may be surprised

Daily Bulletin
June 30, 2016
By F. Noel Perry and Christopher Thornberg

When people think of the phrase “disruptive technologies,” one of the first things that might pop into their heads is a Silicon Valley start-up. But right now, perhaps the most interesting market disruption we are witnessing is in energy, as old ways of powering our economy give way to advanced technologies.
And as we found when compiling Next 10’s 2016 California Green Innovation Index, which presents fresh economic data from 26 metro regions, clean energy leadership can be found across California — not just in traditional innovation hotspots. Riverside-San Bernardino is California’s No. 1 region for both residential solar energy and commercial solar power. The region’s GDP grew by 2.9 percent from 2013 to 2014. At the same time, the region ranked sixth in the number of green patents granted.

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Don’t believe naysayers: Carbon market is working

Sacramento Bee
June 22, 2016
By Scott Hauge and Susan Frank

A funny thing happened on the way to California’s carbon market collapsing – it didn’t. It’s no coincidence that we are hearing predictions that the state’s world-renowned cap-and-trade program is doomed to failure just as the governor and Legislature are wrangling about how best to extend our greenhouse gas reduction targets and cap and trade beyond 2020. We have seen this strategy to undermine our state’s climate policies before. In 2010, it was a failed ballot measure funded by out-of-state oil companies to kill our landmark law, Assembly Bill 32. In 2013, the Western States Petroleum Association spent millions claiming that the state’s low carbon fuel standard would lead to price spikes and fuel shortages. In fact, the standard has led to a 36 percent increase in clean fuels use and $650 million invested in clean fuel production.

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Climate solutions: from a promise to a plan on the West Coast

The Hill
June 16, 2016
By Jay Inslee, Charlie Hales, and Mike Mielke

Earlier this month the eyes of the world turn to the Pacific Coast, where global energy ministers and business leaders met to begin transforming the Paris COP21 climate agreement from a promise to a plan — developing the specific policies and actions that will accelerate the transition to economies built on clean energy. Meeting the ambitious carbon reduction goals laid out in Paris last December will require two things in abundance: innovation and collaboration. It will require transformations in our energy systems; the buildings that house our people and businesses; the way we move residents and goods; and related shifts across all sectors of the economy.

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Calstart: Easing the Way to Cleaner Trucking
June 1, 2016
By John O’Dell

Going green isn’t cheap, and for many in the trucking industries the extra cost often has meant that the cleaner choice doesn’t get made. That’s a situation California-based Calstart wants to end. The organization is dedicated to helping commercial trucking interests as well as air quality and public health regulators work cooperatively.

It’s a role that often puts the nonprofit in an awkward spot as mediator between two sets of antagonistic players — regulators attempting to enforce various legislative requirements and commercial interests threatened by the costs of complying with ever-strengthening clean air rules. But companies in California, New York and Chicago have been able to take the greener path thanks to innovative, Calstart-backed government voucher programs that put cash upfront to help defray the immediate cost of acquiring clean-technology vehicles.

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Support the California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS)

California Business Alliance for a Clean Economy
May 24, 2016
By Susan Frank

Dear Senate President Pro Tem De León, Speaker Rendon, Budget and Fiscal Review Committee and other members:

On behalf of the more than 1,325 businesses, associations and chambers of commerce that are members of the California Business Alliance for a Clean Economy, I am reaching out to, once again, express our unwavering support for the state’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS).

In California, 30 million cars, trucks and buses traverse our roads every day,responsible for 40% of carbon pollution while contributing to smog and soot particles that pollute the air we breathe. To help meet our clean air goals, we need the LCFS, which is one of the largest carbon pollution reduction measures under California’s climate program (AB 32).

To read the full letter, click here.

San Diego Ranks #3 in U.S. for Cleantech Leadership; Up One Place from Last Year

Cleantech San Diego
May 17, 2016
By Shannon Casey

Clean Edge, a leading cleantech research firm, today released its seventh annual U.S. Clean Tech Leadership Index, which tracks and ranks the clean energy and cleantech activities of the 50 largest metro areas in the U.S. – from electric vehicle and renewables adoption to policy and investment activity. In the 2016 report, the San Diego region ranks #3 in the nation for cleantech leadership, moving up one place from last year. San Francisco and San Jose repeat as #1 and #2.

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Hottest job in town? Clean tech innovation builds 44,000 jobs in O.C., 508,000 in state

Orange County Register
April 24, 2016
By Margot Roosevelt

In California, 508,000 people work full-time or part-time in advanced energy, including 44,100 in Orange County, from solar panel installers to electric car designers, home energy auditors, irrigation specialists, chipmakers, bio-fuel scientists and sustainability executives. The sector’s California job growth is explosive: up 18 percent in 2015, more than six times faster than the state’s overall payroll expansion of 2.8 percent.

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Efficient buildings are key to state’s clean-energy push

Sacramento Bee
April 5, 2016
By Ethan N. Elkind

Making our homes and businesses more energy efficient should be a no-brainer. Switching out incandescent light bulbs, upgrading our heating and air-conditioning systems and other improvements save energy and money, and reduce pollution. Yet despite billions of dollars in taxpayer- and ratepayer-funded incentives and rebates, our efficiency efforts in California aren’t keeping pace with increasing electricity demand. If we don’t make better progress, we won’t be able to achieve our long-term climate and energy goals. We’re also leaving a lot of money on the table. A recent state-commissioned study indicates there is two to three times greater economic efficiency potential in existing buildings than what is achievable via current programs that rely on rebates and incentives.

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Low Carbon Fuel Standard Puts Orange County in the Driver’s Seat

Sacramento Bee
March 18, 2016
By Mike Levin

On long California road trips, it is not uncommon to spot herds of cows from afar, perched on rolling hills. While you may see cattle and think nothing of it, I see a future opportunity to fuel our vehicles and power our homes and businesses. My employer, FuelCell Energy, manufactures clean fuel cell power plants that produce electricity, heat, and hydrogen, which can be used for fuel cell electric vehicles. A few years ago, we helped to bring one of the nation’s first hydrogen fueling stations to Orange County, using an innovative technology that turns municipal sewage into electricity, heat, and clean-burning fuel for cars. In the future, we expect many of our projects will use biogas sourced from California dairies.

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California farms added 30,000 jobs in 2015 despite drought

Sacramento Bee
March 18, 2016
By Phillip Reese and Dale Kasler

California’s farm industry kept growing in 2015 despite a fourth year of drought, adding 30,000 jobs even as farmers idled huge swaths of land because of water shortages. Preliminary estimates from the state Employment Development Department show farm employment increased by an average 7 percent from 2014.

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A Closer Look at the Geography of Venture Capital in the U.S.

City Lab
February 23, 2016
By Richard Florida

Venture capital is the fuel that powers America’s innovation economy, propelling high-tech, high-growth companies from Apple to Uber. Suburban corporate campuses and office parks have long been the world’s leading centers for venture capital investment. But that is changing, according to research I have been conducting with my colleague Karen King and Martin Prosperity Institute research team.

San Francisco tops the list with $8.5 billion in venture capital investment, or roughly a quarter of the national total. This is almost twice as much as Silicon Valley—centered in the San Jose metro—with $4.9 billion, or 14.5 percent of the total. New York takes third place with $3.3 billion, or 10 percent, edging out the Boston-Cambridge metro with $3.2 billion, or 9.5 percent. L.A. and D.C. both attract more than a billion dollars in venture capital investment, while San Diego, Seattle, Dallas, Chicago, and Atlanta each attract more than $500 million.

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California’s push for clean energy is paying off

Sacramento Bee
February 11, 2016
By David Hoschschild and Matthew Freedman

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court made the unfortunate decision to temporarily block President Barack Obama’s clean-energy plan. Many of the arguments made against it have also been made against California’s clean-energy policies.

The state’s new landmark clean-energy law took effect this month, ensuring that at least 50 percent of the electricity powering our state comes from renewable sources such as solar, wind and geothermal by 2030. This policy strengthens California’s position as a global leader on clean energy and flips the script to make renewable energy “mainstream” and fossil fuels the “alternative.”

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State’s economy is doing well

Sacramento Bee
December 14, 2015
By F. Noel Perry and Christopher Thornberg

There is a fierce debate about whether or not California is business friendly. Those who believe California is bad for business usually point to our state’s high tax rates and regulations. Those who say California is good for business note that our GDP is the eighth largest in the world, and say we are established as a global center of innovation with the world’s largest tech firms. We know these facts are not the only issues that determine economic growth. That inspired the nonpartisan think tank Next 10 to ask the independent research firm Beacon Economics to look further into the question. Beacon looked at the U.S. Census Bureau’s business dynamic statistics to determine where California ranks compared to other states on new business growth, small business growth and net job creation.

For example, there’s strong evidence that California is a magnet for investors. Last year, businesses attracted $28.9 billion in venture capital investment, far and away the most of any state. This could be because we also lead the nation in new patents granted each year. And despite claims that skilled workers are leaving California because of high taxes, the state has actually seen a net positive domestic migration of individuals who earn more than $50,000 annually.

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California’s clean energy is no accident

Capitol Weekly
December 10, 2015
By F. Noel Perry

As negotiators work to nail down a global climate agreement in Paris, they can take inspiration from their hosts—and not just because of the French people’s resilience in the face of terrorist attacks. When it comes to climate change, France leads by example. It is the least carbon-intensive major economy in the world. No developed nation emits less carbon per dollar of goods and services produced.

But what might surprise many, around the world and here at home, is that the world’s second-least-carbon-intensive economy is here in the United States. Worldwide, when it comes to carbon intensity—to producing more while polluting less—California is second only to France.

California attracted fully half of the world’s venture capital investment in clean technology last year, to the tune of $5.7 billion.

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73 more companies back Obama on climate pact

The Hill
December 1, 2015
By Timothy Cama

President Obama on Tuesday announced that 73 more companies are supporting his drive for an international climate change agreement Tuesday’s announcement of additions to the American Business Act on Climate Pledge, which comes in the beginning days of the United Nations meeting in Paris aimed at finalizing an international pact, nearly doubles the number of companies participating in the program. By taking the pledge, the companies are saying they support a “strong agreement” in the Paris negotiations, and that they will undertake efforts in their own companies to help fight climate change.

Many of the companies on the pledge separately bought an ad Tuesday in The Wall Street Journal expressing their support for a low-carbon economy and for a strong deal in Paris. “We want this economy to be energy efficient and low carbon,” they wrote in the ad. “We believe there are cost-effective and innovative solutions that can help us achieve that objective. Failure to tackle climate change could put America’s economic prosperity at risk. But the right action now would create jobs and boost competitiveness.”

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Economy Would Gain Two Million New Jobs in Low-Carbon Transition, Study Says

Inside Climate News
November 18, 2015
By Naveena Sadasivam

Rebuilding the U.S. energy industry to substantially reduce reliance on carbon-based fuels may result in a net gain of 2 million jobs by 2050 while increasing disposable household income, according to a new study sponsored by a nonprofit that advocates clean energy.

The report, by the Virginia-based consulting firm ICF International, found that a large-scale shift to renewable sources for generating electricity could increase U.S. employment by 1 million jobs by 2030 and 2 million by 2050, even after accounting for job losses related to fossil fuels. The transition would also provide between $300 and $650 in additional disposable income per household annually in 2050, the report found.

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San Diego’s Clean Tech Industry Remains Strong

November 4, 2015
By Erik Anderson

Cleantech San Diego president Jason Anderson said local policies also make an impact. “Global technology companies are working hand in hand with public sector companies to help enhance energy and water efficiency across landmark sites like downtown San Diego, the Port of San Diego, the Chula Vista bayfront, and the San Diego Airport,” Anderson said.

The index finds San Diego is a top five city in most of the areas measured, which Councilman Todd Gloria said that affirms the city’s commitment to sustainability.

“What sets San Diego apart from all of the rest of the world is our incredible quality of life, our incredible natural resources,” Gloria said. “When you’re able to combine the innovation and business-minded nature of the clean-tech companies with technologies and innovations that will help maintain what makes us special. That’s something that everyone can support.”

San Diego’s clean-tech sector has grown from roughly 125 companies in 2007, to more than 800 firms today.

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California Leads the Way on Climate Change

New York Times
October 14, 2015
By Robert B. Semple, Jr.

On the whole, state governments, especially those with Republican-dominated legislatures, have been remarkably passive and uninventive in recent years on the matter of climate change. Indeed, at least a dozen states have challenged the Obama administration’s new rule regulating carbon dioxide emissions from power plants and have vowed to do everything they can to see it overturned in court. And then there is California, which stands apart in its commitment to a healthier, cleaner and less carbon-intensive energy future. Its demanding efficiency rules for appliances and equipment have become a de facto national standard by driving manufacturers to improve their products. The same is true of the state’s fuel economy standards, which have long been more aggressive than any other state’s and which played a decisive role in establishing the landmark federal fuel economy standards finalized by the Obama administration in 2012.

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State Helps Steer Nation on Carbon

Los Angeles Business Journal
October 12, 2015
By John Boesel and Ruben Guerra

As California motors its way toward a more secure, less volatile and more efficient economy, the financial benefits provided by the Low Carbon Fuel Standard are noteworthy. We and the hundreds of businesses we represent applaud the state’s Air Resources Board for its re-adoption last month of this landmark transportation policy. The LCFS works because it provides certainty to California businesses. Certainty breeds confidence and confidence fuels investment. The LCFS requires a 10 percent reduction in the carbon intensity of transportation fuels by 2020, as measured on a lifecycle basis. That means from cradle to tailpipe, the cleaner fuels of today and the future would emit fewer dangerous greenhouse gases into the air than conventional fuels.

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California Delivers Press Release
September 25, 2015

Sacramento – On September 25, 2015, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) voted to re-adopt the state’s groundbreaking Low Carbon Fuels Standard (LCFS). Established in 2007 by executive order #S-01-07 and implemented starting in 2011, the LCFS aims to reduce the carbon intensity of transportation fuels by at least 10 percent by 2020.

Here are statements from groups and individuals who support the LCFS and welcome the re-adoption:

John Chiang, State Treasurer
“The fuel standard, requiring a 10 percent cut in the carbon intensity of fuels by 2020, tells entrepreneurs and fuel producers that there will be a steady and growing demand for cleaner options. It levels the playing field. Newer and cleaner fuels compete with older and dirtier fuels; this competition encourages innovation, leads to an increasingly diverse fuel supply and puts more renewables and advanced vehicles in the marketplace.”

Kevin de León, California Senate President Pro Tempore
“This policy, the first of its kind in the world, compels the market to find and produce the cleanest fuels possible. By requiring an overall reduction in the carbon intensity of our fuels, but not prescribing the use of specific alternatives to petroleum, the LCFS encourages private sector competition, innovation and job creation. This competition benefits Californians on numerous levels, including through improved health and fuel cost-savings.”

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California should stick with clean-fuel rule

San Francisco Chronicle
by John Chiang, California Treasurer
September 22, 2015

Though state lawmakers caved to the oil industry by spiking a plan to sharply reduce gasoline use, there’s another option for Sacramento in reducing climate change and promoting alternative sources to fill gas tanks. State regulators are close to extending a measure that cuts carbon levels in everyday driving fuel.
The low-carbon standard is among a batch of policies designed to cut carbon dioxide, the chief greenhouse-gas culprit blamed for rising temperatures and whipsawing weather. Extending the mandate to cut levels in gas is an essential part of state strategies to curb climate change.

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California’s Climate and Energy Policies are Good for Business

Fox and Hounds
By Hank Ryan
September 22, 2015

There’s a famous optical illusion where one person sees a vase while another sees two faces in profile.
That’s what it felt like for me, as a small business owner on the board of Small Business California, to
read High Costs of Climate Change Policies Don’t Help California Manufacturing (Sept. 14) by
Dorothy Rothrock at the California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA). When I look
at California’s pioneering policies on climate change, efficiency, and clean energy, I see competitive
advantage and economic opportunity—and so do the 3,000 other employers, representing 3.2 million
small businesses, who are part of the Small Business California network.

Our ranks might not include global giants like ExxonMobil and BP America, who belong to CMTA.
But Small Business California’s members make up a good representative group of the 3.2 million
small enterprises across the state. And we place a premium on growing our businesses in a responsible

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The Number of Companies Weaning Off Carbon is Surging

The Huffington Post
by Alexander Kaufman
September 21, 2015

Corporations are finally starting to quit carbon. The number of companies putting a price on their own carbon emissions has tripled since last year, according to a report released Sunday by the environmental data nonprofit CDP. By assigning a cost to the production of greenhouse gases, companies hope to establish a financial incentive to wean themselves off fossil fuels. In-house carbon pricing also helps mitigate the effects of current or potential regulation. Carbon prices range from $1 per metric ton of carbon dioxide to $357.

“Contrary to conventional belief, companies would welcome regulatory certainty and are planning for mandatory emissions limits in the future,” Paula DiPerna, special adviser to CDP and a carbon-pricing expert, said in a statement. “CDP’s ongoing tracking of carbon pricing by companies is indispensable to illuminating how companies act.”

The 435 companies named in the report represent a range of industries, and include such corporate behemoths as the Campbell Soup Company, Black & Decker, Exxon Mobil Corp. and Nissan.

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The Economic Case for Fighting Climate Change
by Gina McCarthy, Administrator, US EPA
June 16, 2015

A strong, competitive American economy depends on climate action. For nearly 45 years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has worked to cut pollution to keep people safe. That’s our mission: to protect public health and the environment. In that time, we’ve dramatically cleaned up our water and our air.

But climate change is as big an environmental challenge as we have ever faced. It supercharges risks not only to our health, but to our economy and our way of life. From stronger storms and longer droughts to increased allergy seasons, insurance premiums, and food prices, climate impacts affect all Americans’ lives. We know what’s fueling it: carbon pollution. And power plants are the largest source. We already have commonsense limits for smog- and soot-forming pollution from power plants as well as for toxics like mercury and arsenic — but there are currently no such restrictions on carbon pollution.

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California’s economy is world’s second greenest

San Francisco Chronicle
by David Baker
May 17, 2015

California not only leads the nation in the fight against climate change — in some ways it leads the world.
The Golden State has the world’s second least carbon-intensive economy, according to a new study from public policy group Next 10. Only France, with its large fleet of nuclear power plants, emits fewer greenhouse gases for each dollar (or euro) of economic activity.

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Carbon pricing safeguards economy

Capitol Weekly
by Steve Westly, founder and managing partner of The Westly Group
and former controller for the state of California.
May 4, 2015

Last week’s executive order on climate change from Gov. Jerry Brown offers a valuable opportunity to reflect on what Pacific Coast climate leadership is helping us achieve. As someone whose career has spanned both economic and environmental interests, I have a unique vantage point on why reducing carbon emissions is a win-win for both business and the environment. That is why I was also pleased to learn that Ontario is joining forces with California and Quebec in putting a price on carbon pollution.

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California Network of Small and Mainstream Businesses, Associations & Chambers of Commerce Applaud Governor Brown’s Executive Order on Climate Change

April 29, 2015
The largest collection of small and mainstream businesses in California, that support clean energy, are once again standing with Governor Jerry Brown as he laid out his vision today for an ambitious and achievable greenhouse gas emissions target of 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.

“Businesses across the state – from Chula Vista to Riverside, Bakersfield to Fresno, Carpinteria to Petaluma, Union City to Santa Rosa, Sunnyvale to South San Francisco, and Truckee to Nevada City – strongly support California’s historical leadership on and approach to climate progress,” said Susan Frank, Director of the California Business Alliance for a Clean Economy.

“Thanks to Governor Brown, and in partnership with the Legislature, our state’s businesses will continue to thrive, create jobs, innovate and contribute to one of the most diverse economies in the nation.”

LA’s plan to go from smog and sprawl to green economic hub

by Lauren Hepler
April 8, 2015

Among the city’s most ambitious objectives: becoming the first large U.S. city to hit zero waste by 2035; attracting $2 billion in private clean tech investment by 2035; a 75 percent increase in the greenhouse gas efficiency of the local economy by 2035; slashing water imports to source 50 percent locally by 2035; cutting emissions 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.

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Business can’t ignore warming, sea level rise

The Sacramento Bee
by Tom Steyer, an advanced energy advocate and a co-chairman of the Risky Business Project, and Henry Cisneros, former secretary of Housing and Urban Development and a Risky Business Project committee member
April 3, 2015

We’ve spent our careers evaluating potential risks and making investment decisions based on the best available data. But when it comes to the impacts of a changing climate, these risks have often proved difficult for businesses to quantify, making them all too easy to ignore… Luckily, we believe that businesses and cities have the potential to be key players in solving the climate crisis. We joined the Risky Business Project in large part to make the urgency of these issues real and quantifiable to public and private investors.

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Our View: California’s demise is greatly exaggerated

The Sacramento Bee Editorial
March 23, 2015

California’s economic demise has been wrongly predicted so many times it’s a wonder people still insist on declaring that this time, the Golden State really is doomed. But they keep saying it. And they keep getting it wrong. Oops… Revised figures released last week paint a different picture. It turns out the earlier numbers were way off in both states. The new numbers, this time on a January to January calendar: California added 498,000 jobs, and Texas just 393,000

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Renewable energy is a California success story

The Los Angeles Times
by David Hochschild, commissioner, California Energy Commission, and
David Olsen, member of the board of governors, California Independent System Operator
March 12, 2015

Renewable energy has grown so rapidly that, in 2014, it accounted for most new electric generation capacity added nationwide. California leads the pack with the share of electricity from renewable sources, more than doubling from 12% in 2008 to 25% today. In that period, private companies invested more than $20 billion in new renewable power plants here. California is home to the largest geothermal, wind, solar thermal and solar photovoltaic power plants in the world.

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Global Revenue From Advanced Energy Reaches Nearly $1.3 Trillion

Greentech Media
by Julia Piper
March 11, 2015

The advanced energy sector has made it to the big leagues. At nearly $1.3 trillion in global revenue for 2014, the market for innovative energy products and services is now as large as the market for apparel and fashion, and almost four times the size of the semiconductor industry worldwide, according to a new report commissioned by the group Advanced Energy Economy (AEE).

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U.S. Solar Market Insight: New Report Shows U.S. Solar Industry Reaches 20 GW of Installed Capacity

March 10, 2015

The U.S. installed 6,201 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaics (PV) in 2014 and 767 MW of concentrating solar power to reach 20 gigawatts (GW) of total installed capacity, enough to power 4 million American homes. 32 percent of new electric generating capacity came from solar in 2014, and the industry now employs nearly 175,000 workers, more than tech giants Google, Apple, Facebook and Twitter combined.

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California businesses will benefit from stronger clean-fuel standards

Los Angeles Daily News
by Andrew Benedek
February 12, 2015

They say one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. At our company, Anaergia, we take that concept to extremes. We turn sewage and landfill waste into energy.

We’ve done projects around the world, but our American headquarters are here in California, and that’s no accident. The state’s pioneering energy and pollution policies give clear market signals that other states cannot match. If you’re building a business in the fast-growing clean technology sector, there’s no place in the United States you’d rather be.

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Awesome news about U.S. clean energy

by Tim McDonnell
February 4, 2015

This morning, Bloomberg New Energy Finance released a fat report on the state of U.S. energy, and it’s chock-full of kickass facts and figures that reveal real, tangible progress on reversing the habits that cause climate change. Here are just a few of the most salient bits:

The U.S. is getting way more efficient. It used to be that electricity demand rose and fell roughly in line with economic productivity. That’s no longer the case: Thanks to massive gains in energy efficiency in everything from home appliances to factory lines, energy demand is now less tied to economic growth than ever before. In fact, since 2007, electricity demand hasn’t grown at all, the report finds. Zero. Another way to say that is that the U.S. is becoming more “energy productive,” meaning the U.S. is using fewer units of energy for every unit of GDP. Energy productivity has increased 54 percent since 1990.

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California Creates Most Clean Tech Jobs Paying Investors

Bloomberg Business
by Mark Chediak and Michael B. Marois
February 2, 2015

California’s bet on green energy is paying off, with clean technology companies creating more jobs and investing more money than competitors in any other state.

As Governor Jerry Brown pushes the nation’s largest state to wean itself from fossil fuels, that policy also is rewarding investors. Shares of California companies in the NYSE Bloomberg Americas Clean Energy Index are expected to climb 96 percent in the next 12 months, compared with the 47 percent forecast for all U.S. members, according to analyst recommendations compiled by Bloomberg.

California, which is poised to become the world’s seventh-largest economy, is setting the pace for U.S. energy policy, with Brown recently announcing the nation’s highest renewable-power targets and most ambitious electric-vehicle goals. The Democratic governor said the technology industry is responding to his challenge. “California energy policies are a road to real innovation that will drive business investment and development, in California and throughout the rest of the country,” Brown said in a Jan. 15 interview in his Oakland office.

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California should stay on track with standard on cleaner fuels

Sacramento Bee
by John Boesel, President and CEO, CALSTART
and Michael McAdams, President, Advanced Biofuels Association
February 2, 2015

Legal challenges, political battles and scare tactics have not derailed California’s low-carbon fuel standard. As the state Air Resources Board gets ready to re-adopt the standard, we have one simple message: Keep going.

California’s commitment to developing cleaner fuels is paying dividends for companies, the state and the nation. The businesses we represent are eager to cement those gains. They hope California’s leaders will go even further, setting higher greenhouse gas reduction targets for fuels and extending the low-carbon fuel standard beyond its current 2020 expiration date.

Tuesday, low-carbon fuel producers are gathering in Sacramento to talk to lawmakers and policy experts about the enormous opportunities presented by cleaner fuels, such as biofuels, natural gas, hydrogen and electricity. Decisions made in Sacramento will determine how many of the benefits from a clean-energy future stay here in California.

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The Carbon Calculus

Oregon Business
by Kim Moore
January 23, 2015

A year and a half ago, Steve Clem, a vice president at global construction company Skanska, testified at the Oregon legislature in support of a bill to fund a study analyzing a state carbon tax. That study, “Carbon Tax and Shift,” written by the Northwest Economic Research Center at Portland State University and released in March 2013, set in motion a debate about whether the state should institute a mechanism for putting a price on carbon emissions.

Last year the legislature passed SB306, setting aside money for the research institute to redo the study with more geographic and industry specificity. The new research, released on December 8, 2014, lays the groundwork for lawmakers to consider a bill to create a carbon tax. If enacted, Oregon would be the first jurisdiction in the United States to have a statewide tax on carbon emissions.

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U.S. solar jobs grew nearly 22% in 2014

The Los Angeles Times
by Javier Panzar
January 15, 2015

U.S. solar industry jobs grew 21.8% in 2014 as the price of panels continued to fall and demand increased, according to a new report issued Thursday.

The solar industry added 31,000 jobs from November 2013 through October 2014, bringing the total number of jobs to 173,807, according to a report from the Solar Foundation, a nonprofit research group.

Jobs in the the solar sector have jumped 86% since 2010 and employment is expected to continue to rise in 2015 and 2016, although an expiring tax credit may stunt growth, according to the report.

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A Pacific Coast model for addressing climate change

The Los Angeles Times
by Edmund G. Brown Jr., Christy Clark, Jay Inslee and John Kitzhaber
December 11, 2014

The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, is wrapping up Friday after 12 days of negotiations on global carbon emissions.

Yet, even as we work through the complexities of an international agreement, it would be a mistake to miss the extensive change that’s already taking place here on North America’s Pacific Coast. Last year, our four governments — the states of California, Oregon and Washington and the Province of British Columbia — reached a landmark agreement to align climate and energy strategies for 54 million Americans and Canadians.

The Pacific Coast Action plan shows it is possible to take serious action on climate and simultaneously grow an economy with good-paying jobs.

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California’s clean energy laws strengthen U.S. security

U-T San Diego
by Elizabeth Perez-Halperin
December 5, 2014

When a fellow sailor and my best friend in the Navy was killed in the terrorist bombing of the U.S.S. Cole in Yemen in 2000, something clicked in me. In addition to my grief, I began to understand the connection between terrorism, the conflicts our country sends its men and women to fight in and the oil we depend on to fuel our nation.

As a veteran, I know California’s pioneering clean energy standards are shoring up national security. And as an entrepreneur, I know they are growing our state’s economy and providing jobs to veterans once they return home. So I’m disappointed to see this important issue reduced to a discussion of politics and oil companies’ profits.

My job in the Navy — with the Fifth and Sixth Fleets in the Mideast and the Mediterranean — was aviation logistics, which inevitably included paying the fuel bills. Since the military is the largest consumer of fuel in the world, those were some big fuel bills. I knew we should be developing a different way of doing things — weaning ourselves from oil and other fossil fuels and ‘kicking the habit’ of our dependence.

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The oil industry and its front groups

Capitol Weekly
by Susan Frank
December 2, 2014

Last week, Bloomberg Businessweek revealed a slide deck created by Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA), the oil industry’s lobbyist, outlining a comprehensive strategy to kill clean air and energy standards in California, Oregon and Washington. It tells of a variety of tactics including a vast network of front groups purporting to be consumer or business organizations, while in reality doing the oil industry’s bidding.

The fact that the oil industry is using front groups to battle against clean energy progress is no surprise to anyone who has been working in California or around the west to protect clean air laws. This kind of tactic has been used for decades. It was front and center for voters in 2010 when out-of-state oil companies spent millions to derail AB 32, the state’s pioneering climate policy. Fortunately, voters saw through the rhetoric and defeated Proposition 23, and the law has remained on track. Contrary to the WSPA claim, the oil industry faces no greater burden than other business – ask utilities and automakers if they agree with that statement.

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CA Delivers Press Release
December 2, 2014

A coalition of businesses, organizations, public officials and other community leaders, similar to the group that formed to defeat Proposition 23 in 2010 which would have killed the state’s clean energy and climate law (AB 32), has launched a new effort known as California Delivers. This collection of diverse voices is calling on state lawmakers and the governor to prioritize protecting California’s clean energy law (AB 32) from ongoing attacks and extending the benefits beyond 2020.

“The band is getting back together and we are singing the same tune – Californians want clean air and clean energy investments, and AB 32 is delivering on its promise. We need to keep the law on track and extend its benefits for years to come,” said former Assembly Speaker and AB 32 joint author, Fabian Nuñez.

“California’s growing clean energy economy is critical to creating jobs, improving public health, and making our communities safer and more livable, and protecting consumers,” said State Senator Fran Pavley and AB 32 joint author. “Of course, we always envisioned that the law would continue until the job was done. We need to be committed to extending the many benefits of AB 32 benefits well beyond 2020.”

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Latino Businesses Support Clean Energy

The Sacramento Bee
by Ruben Guerra
November 27, 2014

As CEO of the largest Latino business organization in the state, let me assure you: Latinos who own and run California companies strongly believe that our state’s pioneering efforts to tackle climate change are good for business. The California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce view of clean energy (“Latino businesses at mercy of state costs,” Viewpoints, Nov. 20) is – not surprisingly – dramatically opposed to my organization’s perspective. Look past the name and you’ll find that its members are mostly associations, not necessarily actual Latino business owners.

At the Latin Business Association, our members are front-line business owners. California’s 800,000 Latino business owners know that our state’s innovative climate change and clean energy policies are helping their companies – and the state’s economy as a whole – grow and thrive.

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AB 32 Shifts California Toward Better Economy

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.

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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.

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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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

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.

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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

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

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

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

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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