California CO2 Law Puts Pressure on Industry
California's landmark law to drastically cut greenhouse gases could boost the state's economy or make it even more expensive to live in California. It may do both.
The Global Warming Solutions Act, which drew international attention when it became law in September, is vague on details about how the state must cut emissions that cause the planet to warm -- most notably carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide. Still, the act portends unprecedented change in the ways Californians live and work, probably affecting the power that we use, the cars we buy and how our food is grown.
"Long term, it will mean more and better choices for Californians," said Linda Adams, the state secretary for environmental protection. "They'll be able to choose from a wide range of efficient electric or alternative fuel vehicles. They'll be able to buy power from utilities that generate electricity from low-carbon sources, or they'll be able to take advantage of incentives to install solar systems."
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