California is leading the nation in developing a comprehensive set of solutions to reduce global warming pollution in the state. The foundation for the state’s pollution-fighting activities is a 2006 law, the California Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32), which calls for reducing the state’s global warming emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.
To help meet that goal, California is implementing numerous measures, including standards for renewable energy, a policy to scale up the use of clean fuels, requirements and incentives to increase the use of electric vehicles, and a flexible market-based cap on carbon emissions that creates economic incentives for major carbon polluters to cut their emissions. Furthermore, UCS analysis has found that California’s climate policies are saving consumers money.
California must continue to lead the way in addressing the risks of a warming climate. In 2015, UCS helped California pass a law (SB 350) that requires half of California’s electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030.UCS is now working to make sure California continues the progress it has begun by adopting a comprehensive plan to reduce carbon emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.
Meanwhile, Washington and Oregon also have the opportunity to become leaders in addressing global warming. UCS is working in both states to make the case for holding polluters accountable for their carbon emissions by placing a price on carbon, while also advancing key solutions such as renewable energy, clean cars, and clean fuels.