California Shows How Environmental Reform and Economic Growth Can Both be Achieved

Governor Gavin Newsom recently announced that in 2017, greenhouse gas emissions fell ahead of schedule while the economy grew at a pace ahead of the national average. This is further proof that, by prioritizing renewable energy, California can show the nation the economic and public benefits of fostering a cleaner, healthier air and environment for its citizens.

“California is proving that smart climate policies are good for our economy and good for the planet,” said Governor Newsom. “As the Trump Administration attempts to obliterate national climate protections, California will continue advancing the cause of American climate leadership.”

In 2017, the California economy grew at 3.6 percent – 1.4 percent above the national average, according to the state Department of Finance. For the second year in a row, GHG emissions fell below the 2020 reduction target of 431 million metric tons established by the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (Assembly Bill 32). GHG emissions came in at 424 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent in 2017, a decrease of five million metric tons from 2016.

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