Saudi Arabia of the West
On Thursday the California State Senate passed a measure enshrining the goal of drawing a third of the state's power from renewable sources. This is a worthy and ambitious goal, especially compared with the European target of 20% by 2020, set at the underwhelming Copenhegan conference last year.
However, lets push a little harder on this. At the moment it is a 'Goal'. Lets make it a binding target. In fact, lets try and exceed 33% as many European countries are surpassing their targets. They are now set to reach 34%.
All of this takes dedication and resources but it is a long term investment that will pay huge dividends. But if we invest heavily in green tech and subsidize clean energy making it competative with traditional sources then we can make a massive difference. Furthermore, California is already well endowed with green tech firms, if we work actively to grow this sector California could be the renewable energy centre of the world, the green Saudi Arabia of the West! We have the universities, the venture capitalists and the Silicon Valley smarts always looking for the future of business.
Lets make California business Green.