An Environmental Blueprint for California: How Governor Brown Can Ensure the State’s Environmental Health and Economic Prosperity
UCLA Emmett Center on Climate Change and the Environment, January 2011
22 Pages Posted: 25 Jun 2012
Date Written: 2011
Governor Brown’s return to the Capitol comes at a critical moment in California’s history. The State’s long-term prosperity is vulnerable to climate change, energy insecurity, environmental threats to public health, and a growing scarcity of key resources.
Governor Brown must first strengthen California’s foundation for environmental protection, as described in Part I of our blueprint.
Stable, robust funding for core environmental regulatory activities will set the tone for California’s future. California’s foundation for environmental protection will be tested by climate and energy instability. Part II of our blueprint explains how a combination of initiatives can promote renewable energy opportunities, emphasize energy efficiency, foster green, livable communities and make California more resilient to a changing climate.
In traditional areas of environmental regulation, many cost-effective initiatives are available to California that would benefit both the environment and the economy. Part III of our blueprint details specific actions that the Governor should support in the areas of water pollution, water supply, coastal resources, chemical risks, air quality, and biodiversity. By creating and maintaining a healthy environment for all Californians, the State can ensure a robust future for its residents and businesses.
Keywords: California, environmental regulation, climate change, water regulation
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