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Alex Jackson, Legal Director, California Climate Project, San Francisco

Alex Jackson

California has long been a pioneer in developing innovative energy policies that shatter the false choice between a healthy environment and a vibrant economy. The state is again blazing a trail on smart energy policy through adoption and implementation of AB 32 – the nation’s premier roadmap to reduce carbon emissions and transition to cleaner sources of energy. I focus on keeping AB 32 on track, out of the courts, and spreading the good word to other jurisdictions looking for a way forward on climate and energy (hint: look no further than California).

Before joining NRDC I brushed up on the law at UC Berkeley and environmental policy at Cornell University. In between, I taught third-graders in the Dominican Republic, who remind me that fighting climate change was really the easier path.

Recent Posts

Opposition Poll Still Shows Californians Overwhelmingly Support New Clean Energy Targets in SB 350

Posted August 28, 2015 by Alex Jackson

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More than two-dozen California companies this week added their support to California's Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015 (SB 350, De León and Leno), which would establish long-term clean energy targets to reduce our dependence on petroleum, grow...continued

Landmark Climate Bills Advance in California Legislature

Posted June 3, 2015 by Alex Jackson

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The California Legislature advanced yesterday a suite of bills that establish new targets, priorities and direction for the Golden State's ongoing efforts to promote clean energy at home and combat climate change around the world. The Senate approved twelve measures...continued

Carbon Allowance Sales Benefit Those Most Affected by Pollution

Posted May 28, 2015 by Alex Jackson

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The California Air Resources Board released the results today of the latest auction of carbon allowances. In line with previous auctions, allowances available for use this year ('current vintage') sold out just above the price floor at $12.29, and allowances...continued

Governor Brown Announces New Statewide Climate Pollution Limit in 2030

Posted April 29, 2015 by Alex Jackson

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Speaking before the annual Navigating the American Carbon World conference, Governor Brown issued an executive order today to reduce California's carbon pollution to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. The order will put California halfway toward achieving its 2050...continued

Five Things to Know About California's Historic Step to Limit Carbon Pollution from Transportation Fuels

Posted December 29, 2014 by Alex Jackson

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On January 1, fuel providers will join other major pollution sources under California's cap-and-trade program to limit carbon pollution. The program is a key component of California's landmark clean energy law, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32),...continued

California's Groundbreaking Clean Energy Law Leads the Way

Posted December 17, 2014 by Alex Jackson

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Another in NRDC’s Year-End Review of 2014 Clean Energy Developments Governor Jerry Brown, legislative leaders, administration officials, and climate activists gathered this week at the California’s Climate Leadership forum to discuss the future of California’s roadmap to decarbonize the world’s...continued

California's Climate Leadership: Celebrating the Past and Looking to the Future (Next Up: Reining in Climate Super-Pollutants)

Posted September 5, 2014 by Alex Jackson

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National and state leaders past and present will gather in Sacramento Monday to celebrate California’s track record of climate leadership and look to the future on how the Golden State can help set the stage for climate action globally. Entitled...continued

Granting Big Oil a Free Pass Under California's Clean Energy Law Would Be a Giant Leap Backward

Posted August 19, 2014 by Alex Jackson

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In their latest video ad, the California Drivers Alliance, an oil-backed front group organized to lobby against California’s clean fuel standards, claims fuel providers “need more time” to prepare for the January 1st inclusion of gasoline under California’s economy-wide...continued

California's Blueprint for Meeting (and Exceeding) EPA's Clean Power Plan

Posted June 9, 2014 by Alex Jackson

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Even before the Environmental Protection Agency proposed the nation’s first federal limits on carbon pollution from power plants last week, naysayers were claiming California’s longstanding policies to cut emissions and improve energy efficiency don’t work and have sent electric bills...continued

Californians to Receive "Climate Credit" from Pollution Permit Sales

Posted March 31, 2014 by Alex Jackson

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California residents and small businesses will save on their April electricity bills thanks to the state’s comprehensive strategy to combat climate change under its groundbreaking Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32). Since its 2006 passage, AB 32 has reduced carbon...continued

Carbon Pollution Funds Poised to Deliver on Advancing Clean Energy in California

Posted January 7, 2014 by Alex Jackson

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Governor Brown’s administration made public yesterday details of the first expenditure plan for revenues generated from the sale of carbon pollution allowances under California’s cap-and-trade program. The plan, set to be released as part of the Governor’s budget on Friday, proposes...continued

Study Shows California on Pace to Meet Carbon Reduction Goals

Posted November 12, 2013 by Alex Jackson

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A new study commissioned by the California Air Resources Board projects California will come in well under the 2020 carbon pollution limit established in the landmark Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32), and has the policy framework in place today...continued

What's Behind the Increase in 2012 Power Sector Emissions in California?

Posted November 4, 2013 by Alex Jackson

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The California Air Resources Board released emissions reports today from the state’s largest carbon polluters in 2012. Contrary to national trends, the numbers show a sharp increase in emissions from the power sector relative to the year before. With the...continued

California Highlights Progress, Previews Next Steps on Achieving Climate Goals

Posted October 2, 2013 by Alex Jackson

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California’s new roadmap for reducing carbon pollution shows that the state is on track to cut emissions back to 1990 levels by 2020, and spotlights how the state’s leadership is helping spur action by others around the world to tackle...continued

Unpacking ARB's Proposed Cap-and-Trade Amendments

Posted July 18, 2013 by Alex Jackson

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The California Air Resources Board just released a sweeping set of proposed amendments to the cap-and-trade program, a key element of the state’s comprehensive effort to cut greenhouse gas emissions under AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act. The amendments...continued

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