Thursday, July 07, 2005

Green Energy Revolution in California

If it were to happen anywhere in the USA, it would make sense that California would spark a Green Energy revolution:

The state is encouraging energy development, including production from out-of-state and a 1,300-mile transmission line to deliver the power that Californians will need to avoid the rolling blackouts that they experienced in 2000 and 2001. However, it is demanding that the power be produced in a way that doesn't further harm the environment.

Because of its size, market muscle and emerging crackdown on greenhouse gases, the most populous state and world's fifth-biggest economy could trigger sweeping changes in electricity production and transmission across the fast-growing West.

California led the nation during the 1960s and 1970s in forcing automakers to cut tailpipe pollution, and the state once more has forged ahead of the federal government with aggressive goals to help staunch global warming.

The consequences could hasten the USA's shift to cleaner energy, including renewable sources such as solar and wind, and encourage other states to regulate greenhouse gases, the chief cause of global warming, energy experts say.

The catalyst, in Government at least, seems to be Arnold himself.