Due to support from politicians and constituents, carbon emissions in California have been reduced to levels from the 1990’s proving that it not only can be done, but it also makes for a strong economy.

California’s carbon emissions are back to where they were when Macaulay Culkin was battling burglars and MC Hammer first told us we couldn’t touch this. The California Air Resources Board said Wednesday that the state had hit its goal of bringing greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels four years ahead of schedule. The drop came thanks to a boom in renewables and improving efficiency. “California set the toughest emissions targets in the nation, tracked progress and delivered results,” said Governor Jerry Brown in a statement. The state actually hit the goal in 2016 and is only reporting it now because it takes a while to crunch the numbers. A 2006 law set the target and put the Air Resources Board in charge of charting the state’s progress. The board’s report shows that carbon emissions dropped 13 percent from their recent peak, while the average Californian’s carbon footprint shrank 23 percent, to 10.8 metric tons per person — about half the national average. CARB The results put the lie to the canard that emissions can only fall when an economy shrinks: the Golden State’s economy boomed as it […]

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