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"California'­s Big Energy Gamble" -- Movies that Make a Difference

Filmmakers at NOVA have taken a comprehensive look at former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's ambitious and controversial plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions and promote energy efficiency. Known as AB 32 (Assembly Bill No. 32), the 2006 California law aims at rolling back carbon dioxide emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, while mandating a further eight percent reduction by 2050. By speaking with the Governor as well as the ordinary citizens and concerned businesspeople, NOVA offers equal time to both supporters and detractors of the plan.

Current California Governor Jerry Brown supports the law, but critics have questioned its effectiveness and timeliness as we struggle with the states fiscal responsibilities. We are in a different world then we were in 2009, help us review the Key Performance Indicators to assess the success of this controversial law.

Watch the movie and get caught up on our state history. Expert commentary from USD EPIC and CCSE experts to follow the screening and answer your questions. Participate so we can make more informed choices about the future.

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Expert commentary from Nilmini Silva-Send

Senior Reseach Analyst

USD Energy Policy Initiatives Center (EPIC)

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Charlie Buck

Government Affairs Manager, CCSE




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  • Peter M.

    California is a leader is clean energy development -- with net metering, AB32 solar initiative, renewable portfolio standards. 20% clean energy may lead -- but several studies show the potential to be far greater.

    March 23, 2013

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