California’s Story: How Did It Get Here?

California has long led the country in environmental action. It established strong automobile emission standards; it preserved fragile lands from development; it set energy efficiency standards for buildings and appliances. But as climate change fuels megafires across the state and the state’s largest electric utility shuts off power to more than a million residents, can the state’s legacy of environmental leadership save it from climate disaster? In a state already accustomed to swinging wildly between drought and flood, what will become of the California dream? Visit for more information on today's episode. Guests: David Vogel, Professor Emeritus of Business and Politics, UC Berkeley; Author, California Greenin’ How the Golden State Became an Environmental Leader Huey Johnson, Founder, The Trust for Public Land; former California Secretary of Natural Resources. Jason Mark, Editor, Sierra Magazine; Author, Satellites in the High Country: Searching for the Wild in the Age of Man Mark Arax, Author, The Dreamt Land: Chasing Water and Dust Across California Diana Marcum, Reporter, Los Angeles Times Faith Kearns, Scientist, California Institute for Water Resource This program was recorded at the Commonwealth Club of California on July 24, 2018 and July 17, 2019. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

by Climate One