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California’s Climate Action: Leadership from the States

January 23, 2018 (All day)
The National Press Club, Washington, D.C.

California has implemented some of the toughest policies to curb GHG emissions in the country to confront climate change, recently extending until 2030 its landmark cap-and-trade program. In response to projections for future impacts, the state is also taking steps to adapt to a changing climate that will likely bring conditions for more frequent and severe droughts and wildfires. This event provided insights into California’s commitment to tackling climate change and protecting its natural environment. Panelists discussed the process for crafting and building support for the climate law and its impacts on industry as well as lessons to be drawn for similar efforts. 

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Kit Batten, Climate Resilience Chief, Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Dallas Burtraw, The Darius Gaskins Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future

Michael Wara, Senior Research Scholar, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University


Chris Field, Perry L. McCarty Director and Senior Fellow, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

This event is part of the Stanford Environment & Energy Panel Series, highlighting pressing environmental and energy challenges and potential policy solutions. Other panels in this series focused on the intersection of food, water, energy and national security; clean energy research and development for a low-carbon future; and climate adaptation.

Follow the conversation from these events on Twitter at: #StanfordEandE

See photos from the event on Flickr.

Event Sponsor: 
Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and the Precourt Institute for Energy
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This event belongs to the following series