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Can California’s ambitious clean energy goals scale nationally and globally?

Solar panels cover the roof of a Sam's Club store in Glendora, California.
Solar panels cover the roof of a Sam's Club store in Glendora, California.
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A landmark clean-energy law went into effect in California this month, bolstering the state’s reputation as a leader in environmental policy.

The new law mandates that at least 50 percent of the power used in California comes from renewable sources like solar, wind and geothermal by 2030. Already, the Golden State is outpacing all other states in the nation in the production of renewable energy.

Can California’s ambitious clean-energy goals scale globally and nationally? That’s the central question a panel of experts will debate at a UCLA event tomorrow night.

We’ll have a preview of that conversation with dueling clean-energy experts on AirTalk.

Tomorrow, the UCLA Institute for the Environment and Sustainability will launch a new lecture series focusing on energy issues and emissions reduction. Click on the graphic below for more information.

POWERING EARTH 2050: Is California's 100% Renewable Strategy Globally Viable? An Oppenheim Lecture



Ralph Cavanagh, co-director of the NRDC’s energy team based in San Francisco

Michael Shellenberger, Founder and President of Environmental Progress