California is uniquely positioned with the economic, technological, and policy resources required to be a global leader in climate policy.
California’s leadership has helped strong climate policy spread to other states and even across national borders. Oregon recently adopted a Low-Carbon Fuel Standard largely modeled after California’s. Quebec joined California’s Cap-and-Trade market, and while Ontario recently announced its plan to implement one as well. Additionally, 11 states and provinces in Canada, the U.S., and Mexico came together with California to sign the Under 2 MOU, limiting greenhouse gases by 80-95 percent by 2050.
Under California’s leadership, we’re already seeing the costs of advanced clean energy fall, and demonstrate the economic growth potential of a clean economy. We have deployed thousands of electric vehicles and solar panels, but many communities still lack these critical tools for sustainable energy. Our economy is growing robustly, but the benefits are not shared fairly.
California cannot afford to rest on its laurels, it must continue to lead and develop new and innovative solutions for the challenges of the future. We were among the first to have renewable energy be a significant contributor to our electricity grid; we need to make it the dominant source. We were among the first to see zero-emission electric vehicles on our roads, we need to make them ubiquitous and available for all Californians.
NextGen Climate America works with policy makers, stakeholders, the media, and community groups to increase awareness of climate change, and promote sustainable policies. We sponsor critical policy-relevant research and help bridge the gap between the research community and policy makers.