Environment

We have a vision for a greener, cleaner California.

“California has the most far-reaching environmental laws of any state and the most integrated policy to deal with climate change of any political jurisdiction in the Western Hemisphere.” — Gov. Jerry Brown

Climate change threatens our environment and economic future, and California Democrats are the nation’s leader in pushing for renewable electricity, reduced reliance on dirty forms of energy such as coal, and a rigorous greenhouse gas emissions cap.

  • California Democrats are fighting Republican climate-change denial to make our state the nation’s leader in clean cars, energy storage and reducing emissions. 
  • California is ahead of its original goal to meet 1/3 of the state's electricity from renewable energy by 2020, and is now looking to increase renewable electricity from 1/3 to 1/2 of our state's power use by 2030 and double existing buildings' energy efficiency, thanks to laws enacted by California Democrats.
  • We passed a cap-and-trade system under AB 32 that is challenging business to generate the innovations we need to reduce carbon output.
  • Gov. Brown signed the Climate Change Pact together with the governors of Oregon, Washington and British Columbia to reduce greenhouse gases and promote clean energy and help meet the global goal of limiting warming to 2 degrees Celsius by the year 2050.
  • Democrats have worked tirelessly over the years to protect California's iconic places, from Lake Tahoe's legendary clear water to our world famous beaches, from the sequoias of Yosemite to the vast deserts, and the wild creatures that call our state home, from the California condor to the sea otter. Equally important, California Democrats stand for the right of all people to enjoy our public lands.

Dems Lead: The John L. Burton Democratic Headquarters is the nation’s only political office to receive Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) "GOLD" certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. Opened in 2014, our union-constructed, state-of-the-art headquarters is an enduring example of how we are building a greener California.