While many features of California’s robust climate change program are increasingly well known, less attention has been focused on California’s pervasive integration of climate justice into its statutory and regulatory programs. Legislation, regulations, and implementation plans all attend to the broader environmental and socioeconomic implications of transitioning to a clean energy economy. That commitment is not only compelling in its own right, but suggests important insights into how and why California has succeeded in enacting comprehensive climate policies. By offering a larger vision for a clean and prosperous economy, California was able to build the political will to overcome the fears and resistance that more narrowly conceived climate policies often spark.
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