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California's Energy diet -- and localization strategy

California is a huge state and economy. When we sneeze, the country catches cold :-) and when our economy falters, it affects not only a lot of Californians, but a lot of Americans.

California's economy has been struggling for a number of years and part of the reason is that we have been importing so much energy to support our car-culture and our businesses. When we look at the economics of sustainability, energy strategy ranks near the top of the list of effectiveness factors.

Energy affects jobs.

Energy affects livability and family budgets.

Global Warming and Jobs...NRDC's two page summary of the reason and way to bring our energy expenditures back home and reinvest in California's future.

Every year, Californians send about $30 billion out of the state to purchase fossil fuels, including oil, natural gas and coal, the primary sources of the state’s global warming pollution. On average, that means that every California household sends $2,500 directly out of the state every year. Reducing global warming pollution with solutions such as energy efficiency, renewable energy, smart growth, and improved transit will bring that money back home to reinvest in our communities. I've watched the anguish of dedicated people working to improve community health and natural resource issues such as urban runoff, indoor pollutants, open space, and alternatives to the car culture -- and I believe that it will take a statewide committment to finding alternatives on both a business and personal level to make the promise of this new economy happen.

I'm glad to see that our lawmakers are also seeing the need to make clean living, clean working and local business feasible. To give us a level, green playing field. Three hurrahs! Now, let's get back to work!