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A Banner Year for California Climate Laws: Important Lessons and Landmark Progress in 2016

, director, California & Western States

California has just had the biggest year for climate action in a decade. Read more >

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Photo: Mark Jurrens (Wikimedia)
Photo: Mark Jurrens (Wikimedia)

Which States are the Most Energy-Efficient? A “Dramatic Photo Finish,” and a Tie for Top Honors

, senior energy analyst, Clean Energy

Some people get excited about fall because of the beautiful foliage, the delightful blend of sunny days and crisp cool nights, and the bountiful harvests of apples and other tasty treats. I love all that, too. But I also enjoy this time of year because it brings the annual assessment of how states are doing on energy efficiency. And this year was more of a nail-biter than most.

Whoever’s on top, though, it’s clear that when states make progress on energy efficiency, we all win. Read more >

Photo: Mark Jurrens (Wikimedia)
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Come El Niño or La Niña, Climate Change is La Madre of Weather Systems

, climate scientist

It’s getting close to that time of year when weather watchers and water managers start wringing their hands and wondering whether it will be a boy or a girl. The boy is none other than El Niño – that Pacific weather pattern characterized by warm ocean temperatures and heavy precipitation. Last year, we heard all about the monster El Niño that would refill California’s reservoirs. But it never actually materialized. Now, the National Weather Service projects a different winter visitor – La Niña. She’s the opposite of her brother – a weather pattern characterized by dry conditions. Get ready for the headlines: Miserly La Niña steals our water! Read more >

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California’s New Climate Legislation: What Does it Mean for Electric Cars?

, senior engineer, Clean Vehicles

California wrapped up its 2016 legislative session on August 31 with several decisions that could have important impacts on the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) in the state. Policy decisions made in Sacramento often have outsized effects on the nation’s adoption of EVs, both because the state is the US leader in EV sales and also because California directly influences clean air laws in other states via rules like the Zero Emission Vehicle regulation. Read more >

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California Just Made Climate Change History. How Did it Happen?

, Western states policy manager

The day before yesterday I sat in the gallery of the California Senate and saw something that just a few weeks ago I wasn’t expecting: Senators casting the final vote on an historic set of bills—Senate Bill 32 (Pavley) and Assembly Bill 197 (E. Garcia)—that reaffirm the state’s commitment to addressing climate change through 2030. After the vote was over, my colleagues and I shared hugs, smiles, and tears as the weight of the accomplishment washed over us. It was a great day. Read more >

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