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

GLENDORA, CA - APRIL 22:  Solar panels cover the roof of a Sam's Club store that was toured by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Wal-Mart officials before their press conference on Earth Day, April 22, 2009 in Glendora, California.  Following the tour, the governor and Wal-Mart officials announced that Wal-Mart will expand its solar power programs by adding solar panels on 10 to 20 additional Wal-Mart facilities to generate up to 32 million kilowatt hours of renewable energy every year, the equivalent of powering more than 2,600 homes.  (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
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Solar panels cover the roof of a Sam's Club store in Glendora, California.

A landmark clean-energy law went into effect in California this month, bolstering the state’s reputation as a leader in environmental policy.

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

 

Guests:

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

Michael Shellenberger, Founder and President of Environmental Progress 

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