Independent Voter Project

Finding Practical Solutions to California’s Energy Needs

At the national level, the conversation on energy and climate is usually portrayed as a zero-sum game, where a victory for one side means a defeat for the other. One is either a climate science denier or doesn’t care about environmental hazards associated with energy production.

However, California shows where this tired, simplistic narrative breaks down. During the Independent Voter Project’s annual Business and Leadership Conference, discussions about energy brought together lawmakers and energy experts for a frank discussion on what energy future lies ahead in the Golden State.

In the last few years alone, the state has set some of the most ambitious carbon emissions goals in the country. This year, Governor Jerry Brown’s Executive Order B-30-15 set a statewide goal in greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.

Similarly, additional recent legislation has increased green energy mandates. So now, energy producers as well as policymakers will need to focus on determining the true economic impact of those energy policies, and ensure that they are implemented correctly.

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