In a State of the State address that was part history lesson and part blueprint for California’s future, Governor Jerry Brown was upbeat and resolute in mapping an agenda for the next four years and beyond. He enumerated a laundry list of serious concerns and positive solutions.
However climate change remains one issue that is harder to effectively address as it is for some to grasp and/or conceptualize.
The Governor says, “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.”
He then recited global emission rates and warming trends tying them to projected conditions in the state of California should warming accelerate.
His analysis: “California is extremely vulnerable because of our Mediterranean climate, long coastline and reliance on snowpack for so much of our water supply.”
In response Assembly member Roger Dickinson (D-7th District) in Sacramento posted, “California has made great strides towards a healthier economy, more high wage jobs, affordable healthcare for all, and reducing our greenhouse gas emissions. The promise of a thriving future for California is a promise we can, and will, keep.”
Santee’s Brian Jones (R-71st District) also gave a nod to green issues by posting, “California is off track because of the stifling environmental regulations, the costly high speed rail project, over regulation, and the third highest tax rate in the nation.” Maybe “nod” is not the right term.
From a leading non governmental interest group:
“Clean energy solutions like wind and solar power, green buildings, and clean cars, have been the foundation of California’s success in fighting global warming and tackling air pollution,” said Bernadette Del Chiaro, director of clean energy and global warming programs at Environment California. “California is showing the country that prioritizing energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies is vital to healthy living and a strong economy.” Environment California is a green group operating statewide from Los Angeles.