Climate Change Policy Principles

Climate change has become a powerful environmental policy driver, at both the state and federal levels.  With passage of AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, California launched the nation's most comprehensive initiative in response to climate change. Regulatory agencies' and legislative focus on associated issues has continued to growMore recent activities include the State’s 2009 Climate Adaptation Plan and President Obama's October 2009 Executive Order providing direction on Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy and Economic Performance.

In December 2009, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued findings that greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) represent a threat to public health and welfare.  Passing federal legislation to respond to climate change remains a top priority in both houses of Congress. Furthermore, two recent federal appellate court decisions increase the likelihood of federal regulatory action.

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