California is Vulnerable to Climate Change

  • California has been suffering from a major drought since 2012, costing the state over $3 billion in 2015 and 2016. Record breaking temperatures have been a key driver of the drought. A second climate-linked driver is the “ridiculously resilient ridge” of high pressure that has kept rain from the state.

  • 14 of California’s 20 worst wildfires have occurred in just the last ten years. The increasing fire risk for California is a due to climate change. In just one year, (2015) wildfires cost insurers over a billion dollars, while total economic costs from 2015’s fires will be over two billion. The state has spent over $336 million fighting the fires in 2015 and 2016, a figure that doesn’t include economic costs.

  • As heat waves become more frequent and intense due to climate change, Californians will be at greater risk of health impacts. The 2006 heat wave, a glimpse of what warming will bring, caused over 140 deaths.

Clean Energy Efforts and Opinions in California

  • California is a clean energy leader, getting 20% of its electricity from renewables and proving you can grow your economy while reducing emissions.

  • California was the first state to submit a draft compliance plan for the Clean Power Plan, and the only state with a cap on emissions.

  • California is the number one state for solar capacity, employing 75,000 people and powering 3,775,000 homes.

  • California is ranked second for number of wind turbines and third among the 50 states for wind power installations. The wind industry employs up to 4,000 Californians.

  • Californians strongly support renewables, with 79% estimated to support funding research in clean energy and regulating CO2 as a pollutant.

  • California is a leader in clean tech, electric vehicles, energy efficiency and other measures.