Commentary: California leads on global warming

This editorial appeared in The Sacramento Bee.

In responding to the threat of climate change, California has been far ahead of the federal government. It's an exciting and worrisome place to be.

Exciting, because California has rightly acknowledged the threat that global warming poses to its future and to that of all countries.

Worrisome, because if California were to go it alone in cutting greenhouse gases and transitioning to a cleaner economy, other states and nations might continue with business as usual, overwhelming any progress here.

Yet as the Nov. 4 election has demonstrated, California will not need to go it alone. In speaking by video to a conference in Los Angeles last week, President-elect Barack Obama repeated his vow to seek federal legislation that would cut greenhouse gas emissions nationwide to 1990 levels by 2020, with an additional 80 percent cut by 2050.

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