The Global Warming Solutions Act of 2020, also known as Assembly Bill 32, is a California State law that seeks to combat global warming by setting out a comprehensive plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the state by all means. The bill was introduced in June of 2020 and was sent to the state’s legislature for review. The primary author of the bill is state Sen. John Van de Kamp (D supervisors) and Assemblyman Chris Van Hollen (D supervisors) – two state legislators with long careers in the Legislature. The authors are both highly regarded environmental experts with decades of experience in dealing with global warming issues both locally and statewide. They are highly respected members of their parties in the state’s two most powerful parties.
One of the global warming solutions proposed in the Assembly Bill is capitol provision attached to a tax bill. The provision would require utility companies to purchase carbon offsetting credits when they buy carbon dioxide from oil refineries. Each unit of carbon purchased would be offset against the owners’ annual electric bill and would guarantee them some financial relief if their electric bills go up as a result. Some California cities have already adopted some form of this revenue generating idea.
Another one of the global warming solutions being pushed in California is the creation of a national park to be modeled after the Pacific Ocean. The Park would protect some 12 million acres of coastal land, water, wildlife, and land. The goal of the Park would be to create a habitat for migratory birds, provide habitat for endangered species, and to promote the conservation of carbon pollution. This park would not only help protect the Pacific Ocean and its fragile ecosystems; it could also help stop harmful greenhouse gases from polluting the atmosphere in the state. Several California cities, including San Francisco, have already expressed interest in the Park project.
One of the most interesting global warming solutions being discussed at the moment is how to make changes to the way vehicles travel on California highways. Proponents of the idea say that a hybrid or electric vehicle will be able to meet California’s future fuel needs while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Some of the options being presented to the State Transportation Department include: allowing carpooling, allowing travelers to exchange road rewards for time spent driving, and installing car-specific seat belts that prevent sudden stops and injuries.
One of the most impactful global warming solutions being discussed right now is making use of greenhouses. Greenhouse gases currently account for 15% of the world’s carbon emissions. One of the ideas being considered involves taking carbon dioxide out of the air and storing it in underground tubes that can then be trapped and kept in the greenhouse. This will allow scientists to monitor the amount of carbon dioxide in the air and help determine how best to mitigate global warming.
As stated before, a recent article continues to explain how some California cities are working towards mitigating global warming. In this article, officials from San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego state are hoping to use “smart grid” technology to allow communities to work together to reduce the amount of fuel used by residents. Smart grid technology allows communities to share power among themselves in an effort to conserve energy. The article continues to explain how this works:
For decades, scientists have been debating the impact of greenhouse gases on our environment. A new study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research sheds new light on how much impact carbon dioxide has on our climate. The study found that although the earth’s temperature has slightly increased, a substantial portion of that increase is from increased carbon emissions. One of the ways we can adapt to climate change is to make changes in our everyday habits – changing our vehicles, planting more trees, and using more water.
While the article continues to explain the ways we can adapt to climate change, it also provides data which proves that the sources of carbon emissions must be reduced if we want to stave off global warming. Although these methods are difficult to implement, the potential reduction of greenhouse gas emissions makes them very viable. The article continues to call upon people to “act now” to help reduce global temperatures, and provide solutions that will work effectively in their own areas.