Natural gas is a unique fuel in its diversity of applications. It is widely used in the power and manufacturing sectors, for heating and cooking in homes, and to a lesser but growing degree, as a transportation fuel.
   
  Starting this summer, Environmental Services will kick off an innovative effort designed to capture 100 percent of the methane from our waste, dramatically reducing our carbon footprint.
 
  California has no 100 percent renewable electricity goal. California has a climate change goal of 50 percent lower greenhouse gas emissions than in 1990, and a 50 percent renewable energy goal – both by 2030.
   
  Washington residents are really good at recycling. We recycle nearly 50 percent of our waste, well above the national average of 34.6 percent.
 
  This May, the board of the Los Angeles County Metropolitcan Transportation Authority will vote on a decision to replace 1,000 aging diesel buses with a combination of new CNG models fueled by renewable natural gas and electric buses.
   
  Volkswagen, the storied German automaker, pleaded guilty today to three felony counts as part of a $4.3 billion settlement reached with the Justice Department in January over the automaker’s massive diesel emissions scandal.
 
   
       
   
       
 
     
 
  Congress should be reopening the rules to create more effective regulations as opposed to forcing automakers to support vehicles to meet regulations but fall short of achieving the objectives of the Alternative Motor Fuels Act of 1988.
   
  Now more than ever, California’s pioneering energy policies are lights in the darkness for Americans who understand the threat posed by climate change and the urgent need for action.
 
  The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are looking at new opportunities to clean our air and protect our climate. It’s a historic opportunity and consistent with California’s long-standing leadership on environmental policy.
   
  In the late eighties and early nineties, I considered running for governor of Texas. Now a lot has changed since that time. But one thing that hasn’t changed is the need to make sure we have a government that works.
 
  The most typical story about Utah's air quality and economic development goes something like this: "A company or employee was looking to relocate along the Wasatch Front, but decided to go elsewhere partly because of our air quality challenges."
   
  When President Obama rolled into the White House for the first time, I was in the midst of an aggressive campaign to address the stranglehold placed on U.S. national security and our economy by addiction to OPEC oil.
 
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