Is California’s Climate Progress Going Up in Smoke?

California has been at the forefront of America’s climate fight since Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the country’s first major climate law in 2006. The state’s suite of policies for decarbonizing the economy survived industry-funded attacks in court and at the ballot box, and remained largely consistent under Democratic and Republican governors. But a recent report by Next 10, an independent think tank, indicates the state will meet its 2030 goals 30 years late. Is California really the climate leader it’s purported to be? Visit for more information on today's episode. Guests: Rachel Becker, Environment Reporter, CalMatters Kate Gordon Director, California Governor's Office of Planning and Research; Climate Advisor to Governor Newsom F. Noel Perry Founder, Next 10 This program was recorded in front of a live audience at the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco on January 23, 2020. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

by Climate One