November 13th, 2013 / By: Ed Sztukowski
He is also muddling his environmental message
Gov. Jerry Brown joined other regional leaders last week to sign the Pacific Coast Climate and Energy Compact, which coordinates greenhouse gas reduction goals in the North American West.
"California isn't waiting for the rest of the world before it takes action on climate change," Brown said. "Today, California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia are all joining together to reduce greenhouse gases."
While the compact establishes high expectations, some people question Gov. Brown's commitment to battling climate change. Even as Gov. Brown embraces the ideas behind clean energy, he also signals significant support for fracking, which could undermine the fight against climate change.
Obama targeting coal
September 20th, 2013 / By: Ed Sztukowski
California's carbon rules influence the nation
The Obama administration is taking cues from California's greenhouse gas regulations, announcing strict standards for coal-fired power plants across the country.
The administration notes that coal is the single greatest contributor to global warming, and limitations on carbon pollution must be established. California has no major coal plants remaining, so the limitations will have little effect on the state.
However, the fact that the administration is mimicking California's policies so closely says much about it's influence on energy in the United States.