California’s Climate Change Policies: Lessons for the Nation

Climate change is a real and urgent threat to our communities, our states, and our nation. California is already experiencing its impacts. Over the past 100 years, the Golden State has seen a seven-inch rise in sea level, eroding our coastal communities and threatening critical infrastructure. In the winter, more of our precipitation now falls as rain rather than snow, leading to less water availability in the critical spring and summer months. California has already experienced a more severe and prolonged wildfire season. These effects are merely a small window into the issues that California faces with a changing climate.

I. Introduction
II. The Imperative of State Climate Action
1. Exercise of a State’s Police Powers to Protect Public Health and Its Natural Resources
2. Exercise of the State’s Policy Prerogative: Laboratory of Democracy
3. Future National Climate Policy Framework: A Federal-State-Local Partnership
III. California’s Model of Policy Development: Leadership, Cross-Agency Engagement, and Stakeholder Involvement
1. Efforts by California’s State Agency Climate Action Team
2. Stakeholders: Local Governmental Agencies, Industry, NGOs and Individuals
IV. Multiple Challenges, Multiple Tools
1. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Climate Change Executive Orders
2. California’s Assembly Bill 32 Framework: Markets and Mandates
3. California’s Upcoming Development of a Cap-and-Trade Program
3. Set a Specific, Declining Cap
V. California’s Climate Change Lessons for the Nation
1. Demonstrate Clear and Determined Leadership
2. Act Now
3. Set a Specific, Declining Cap
4. Engage Government and the Private Sector at All Levels and in All “Silos”
VI. Conclusion

Copyright: © Lexxion Verlagsgesellschaft mbH
Quelle: Issue 2/2010 (Juni 2010)
Seiten: 7
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Autor: Mary D. Nichols

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