This report recommends five improvements to the California’s Governor’s Office to strengthen Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32).
California’s energy efficiency programs helped the state to achieve lower per capita energy consumption than the national average, despite its economic prosperity. It is no surprise therefore, that California is now taking the nation’s lead in climate policy again by setting comprehensive targets to reduce Greenhouse Gases (GHGs). California’s economy ranks eighth worldwide; due to this economic growth combined with population growth, it also ranks as the world’s tenth largest GHG emitter. The Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32) is the first bill put forth by an American state that outlines a multitude of efforts to reduce emissions, and thus the carbon intensity of the state. SB 32 committed California to the internationally accepted Kyoto protocol standard by setting a cap on GHG emissions at 1990 levels.
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