The Yellowing of California Greens:
How Big Oil & Gas is Stealing the
Golden State’s Clean Energy Future ...
California -- sometimes known as the “Golden
State” -- has long been considered at the
vanguard of the environmental movement.
With the state’s passage of AB 32 (The
Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006), and
its subsequent signing by then-Governor
Schwarzenegger, California set its ambitious
2020 greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal
into law and the state’s efforts to move away
from fossil fuels and toward a “clean energy
future” became a model for the nation.
But, somewhere along the way to a clean
energy future, the Golden State’s “green-ness”
began looking a little brownish. And its greens
-- that is to say, its environmental community --
began taking on a yellowish tint.
It’s hard to say how it all began, but the
current governor’s office seems as good a
place to start as any.
- Governor Jerry Brown and California’s
Love Affair with Big Oil ...
Governor Brown’s relentless promotion of
statewide large-scale renewable projects, along
with the state’s relatively aggressive pursuit
of environmental goals and its focus on green
job-creation, has garnered substantial federal
subsidies and earned its governor the reputation
of being a staunch environmental advocate.
But, as Investors Business Daily observed
in March, “California wrote the script for
renewables, but its governor talks like
an oilman on the subject of fracking ...
Gov. Jerry Brown yields to no one in his
enthusiasm for green energy, but he knows
black gold when he sees it.”
Referencing the governor’s comments at a
recent event announcing three new renewable
energy projects, IBD observed: “The oil
industry could not have put it better -- and
probably would not have put it differently.”
A national student divestment movement is spreading like wildfire across the country, with college students demanding that US universities stop all investments in fossil fuels -- NOW
350.org's Do The Math tour in Seattle -- 350.org founder Bill McKibben pictured front & center
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