Russell Harland’s letter of July 28, referring to the recent cap-and-trade extension, claimed “California isn’t being a leader. California is being left behind.”
But let’s check the facts. California’s job growth has outpaced that of the national economy for years. Our state has far more clean-energy jobs than there are coal jobs in all of America. Our GDP has risen more than 30 percent in the last 15 years, while our CO2 emissions have declined.
Mr. Harland is correct in implying that climate action limited to California and Australia will not be enough to solve this global problem. The Paris Climate Accord, signed by 195 nations, showed us that virtually the entire world is convinced climate change is a real and present danger. California is perfectly positioned to be at the forefront of new technologies to address that threat.
We have a long-standing reputation for showing the way for our nation and the rest of the world. Fortunately, our reputation remains intact.
Don Gaede, Fresno