State of California Archives: on Energy & Oil


Jerry Brown: CO2 emissions could warm planet by 7 degrees

When we think about California's future, no long term liability presents as great a danger to our wellbeing as the buildup of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. According to the latest report from the World Bank, carbon dioxide emissions are the highest in 15 million years. At today's emissions rate, the planet could warm by more than 7 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the century, an event unknown in human experience. California is extremely vulnerable because of our Mediterranean climate, long coastline and reliance on snowpack for so much of our water supply.

Tipping points can be reached before we even know we have passed them. This is a different kind of challenge than we ever faced. It requires acting now even though the worst consequences are perhaps decades in the future.

Again California is leading the way. We are reducing emissions as required by AB 32 and we will meet our goal of getting carbon emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.

Source: 2013 State of the State address to California Legislature Jan 24, 2013

Alan Lowenthal: Restrict offshore drilling; regulate greenhouse gases

Q: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?

A: No.

Q: Do you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?

A: Yes.

Source: California Congressional 2012 Political Courage Test Oct 30, 2012

Julia Brownley: Switch from traditional energy to alternatives

Q: Should the state fund development of alternative energy?

A: Yes.

Q: Should the state fund development of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)?

A: No.

Q: Do you support providing financial incentives to farms that produce biofuel crops?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support state funding for improvements to California's energy infrastructure?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?

A: Yes.

Source: California Congressional 2010 Political Courage Test Oct 30, 2010

Carly Fiorina: Use every source, including nuclear and clean coal

In order to capture the innovation of entrepreneurs across the state who develop clean, green technology, we have to make sure our policies encourage them to locate in California and employ Californians.

We also need to use every source of energy we have, including nuclear power and natural gas to reduce our dependence on oil from other countries. At the same time, we need to build on advancements in technology that make clean coal more affordable and more realistic.

Source: 2010 Senate campaign website, carlyforcalifornia.com Dec 25, 2009

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