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Thirty Years of Climate 'Deception' Could Become Offense Under New Calif. Law

Thirty Years of Climate 'Deception' Could Become Offense Under New Calif. Law | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Fossil fuel companies in California could face investigation under legislation introduced by a state senator who says the proposed law is designed to hold industry accountable for "many years of public deception" and fraud over the scientific evidence about climate change.

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The bill takes aim at fossil fuel companies over concerns that they have deceived the public for decades about their products' impact on climate change, and seeks to hold them accountable. 
Based on his review of the recent disclosures, Allen said there are serious issues that warrant investigation. "I want to give law enforcement the tools they need to hold people accountable for their actions if that's where the evidence takes them," he said. "Certainly everything we've seen suggests there may be a really strong case."
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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, April 3, 2016 7:45 PM
A new bill in California aims to widen the authority that prosecutors have to file civil charges in connection with the conduct of fossil fuel companies on #climatechange going back decades. If the measure passes the Democratic-held senate and assembly, it could be on the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown by August.
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Solar expected to make up 40 percent of PG&E's renewable portfolio by 2020

Solar expected to make up 40 percent of PG&E's renewable portfolio by 2020 | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
Solar power, which makes up a tiny part of Californias overall energy mix, will account for the biggest piece of the states renewable energy pie by the end of the decade, according to the states largest utilities.

Last year, Pacific Gas & Electric got most of its renewable energy from wind, bioenergy, geothermal and small hydropower dams. Solar accounted for about 1 percent. But that mix is quickly changing, and by 2020, the San Francisco-based utility expects solar to account for 40 percent of its renewable portfolio.
California's aggressive "Renewable Portfolio Standard" law requires utilities to purchase 33 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2020. Bioenergy, geothermal, solar, wind, wave and tidal power and small hydroelectric dams -- which cause less harm to the environment than large hydro dams -- all count toward meeting the law...
But solar is the fastest-growing piece of renewable portfolios, driven by federal stimulus funding for large solar power plants, a drop in solar panel prices and a boom in the number of developers competing for long-term utility contracts in California...


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California's Unusual Plan to Cut Greenhouse Gases

California's Unusual Plan to Cut Greenhouse Gases | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

The state is relying on cities to figure out how to cut emissions in their region. Will it work?

 

When California’s S.B. 375 was passed in 2008, there were many skeptics. The law aimed to get metropolitan regions around the state to cut greenhouse gas emissions through changes to development form and transportation. 

In 2011, the California Air Resources Board set GHG emissions reduction targets by metro region for passenger vehicles and 18 Metropolitan Planning Organizations were then to develop "sustainable community strategies," with integrated transportation, housing, and community development.

The idea was that smart, sustainable community design, coordinated with transportation systems that integrated walkability, bicycles, and next generation public transit, could really make a difference. It's honestly much too soon to tell whether this will work. But here's a quick look at three prominent metropolitan regions and their responses to this mandate.


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