Huffington Post: California climate bills could set a high bar for the rest of the country

August 28, 2015

The Climate Center's Gabriel Pacyniak spoke with The Huffington Post about pending bills in the California Legislature to allow the state to meet interim carbon pollution reduction goals that Gov. Jerry Brown (D) established through an executive order in April. Brown's order calls for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 and by 80 percent by 2050 -- a goal scientists have said is necessary to preventing the worst impacts of climate change.

The bills would set California up for long-term reductions and establish specific energy goals to make that possible.

"Having a long-term goal is usually based on what the science says is necessary, while setting a medium-term goal combines looking at where you need to be in 2050 with some analysis of how you get there over the next decade or two," said Pacyniak. "It's really combining both -- a 'where we need to go' approach and a 'how do we get there' approach.

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