CLEE Launches California Climate Policy Dashboard

New resource offers snapshot of state’s climate laws, programs, and regulators

The Center for Law, Energy and the Environment (CLEE) at UC Berkeley School of Law has launched the California Climate Policy Dashboard, a new web resource offering an overview of the key laws, programs and agencies driving California’s pioneering effort to tackle climate change, including:

  • The landmark greenhouse gas emission reduction laws, AB 32 and SB 32, which call for a 40% reduction below 1990 levels by 2030;
  • Key programs such as the cap-and-trade system for major greenhouse gas emitters, the renewables portfolio standard for electricity providers, and the low carbon fuel standard for transportation fuel producers, which are helping the state to achieve its emission reduction goals; and
  • Top regulators like the California Air Resources, Board, the California Energy Commission and the California Public Utilities Commission, which are developing and implementing innovative policies and incentives to drive the state’s progress.

The Dashboard summarizes the state’s broad range of climate initiatives, connecting researchers and casual readers alike to statutory text, agency information and CLEE’s own topical reports. By presenting a concise view of the state’s climate program, the Dashboard helps to demonstrate the impressive scope and scale of California’s national and international leadership,

The Dashboard can be viewed here.


Reader Comments

3 Replies to “CLEE Launches California Climate Policy Dashboard”

  1. “….By presenting a concise view of the state’s climate program, the Dashboard helps to demonstrate the impressive scope and scale of California’s national and international leadership,…..”

    Who cares? That fancy Dashboard says nothing about technically feasible and effective mitigation strategies that actually reduce global atmospheric temperature and mitigate-in-fact. That topic is avoided altogether on California’s climate Dashboard.

    No analysis, no measurements, no data, no verification, no performance guarantees, no warranties, nothing at all about cost effective mitigation strategies – no interest in pursuing these topics.

    The global community refuses to follow California’s sorry example. California lost its leadership a long time ago and will never get it back. The CLEE climate Dashboard is sophomoric.

    1. The global community refuses to follow California’s sorry example.

      To no one’s surprise, BQRQ is misinformed on this topic. Despite the best efforts of deniers everywhere, measurable progress is being made in curbing worldwide carbon emissions. I’ll say it again because BQRQ has lived in a fantasy world where he vigorously believes the opposite: measurable progress has been made in curbing worldwide carbon emissions. Here are a few excerpts from an article about CO2 emissions in the last couple years that I would highly recommend. No doubt BQRQ would refuse to read and address it like he always does, so I include it here to blunt the effect of his misinformed views on others who may be reading these comments:

      All major emitters worldwide, except India, stayed stagnant or fell in their CO2 emissions, due to increased use of renewables and decreased coal use; the US and Russia saw about a two percent decrease, while China, European Union states, and other G20 member emissions remained static. Other nations, mainly developing countries, still have rising CO2 emissions levels.

      NEAA chief researcher Jos Olivier cautioned The Guardian: “There is no guarantee that CO2 emissions will from now on be flat or descending.” Still, following the near-halt in emissions seen in 2014 and 2015, even as the world economy continued to grow, this development is encouraging. Experts in China, for example, say their own coal burning has peaked, and the same is likely true in other major emissions nations.

      This flattening of CO2 emissions in 2016 is proof that humans can make a difference when it comes to climate change. It also offers evidence that if we do not take steps to reduce emissions, they will continue to increase; they only stopped rising after a groundswell of public opinion pushed for change.

      China continues to lead the world in its plans to clean up the environment. A Chinese expert recently announced that electric and hybrid cars will dominate the Chinese market by 2030. The Chinese government has begun building a large-scale carbon capture and storage plant, the first of eight. China also continues to be a world leader in renewable energy.

      1. I seem to have goofed my formatting. The last four paragraphs are all part of the linked article and should have all been italicized.

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Ted Lamm is a Senior Research Fellow at CLEE. Ted’s research focuses on California policies regarding climate change and greenhouse gas emissions, and the relationships…

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