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Unformatted text preview: Environment Memo Current Issues ♦ California is overly dependent on petroleum-based fuels that contribute to climate change and dirty air. The state relies on petroleum based fuels for 96% of its transportation needs, and the transportation sector accounts for more than 40% of California’s annual global warming emissions. ♦ California is the 12th largest source of global warming emissions ♦ California is heavily dependent on energy resources that pollute our air and harm our environment. Nearly 90 percent of the state’s electricity comes from unsustainable sources including coal, natural gas, nuclear power and large hydroelectric dams. When transportation and heating needs are added in, California is shown to depend on fossil fuels to meet 80 percent of its total energy needs, 40 percent coming from oil and 40 percent from natural gas. ♦ In 2006, California was the first state to pass a bill the Golden State once again to set concrete limits on...
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This note was uploaded on 04/23/2008 for the course POLS 000 taught by Professor Cook during the Spring '08 term at University of San Francisco.
- Spring '08