Climate Change

CARB Chair Mary Nichols on Pandemic's Confirmation of the Value of Clear Air

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Mary Nichols

With Shelter-in-Place the law statewide in response to the Coronavirus and California’s economy all but shuttered, major highways have been emptied and California’s air quality has never been betterVXNews, to better appreciate the significance of the aforementioned and to honor Earth Day 50, spoke with Mary Nichols, Chair of the California Air Resources Board (CARB), on the effects & long-time implications of the transition to remote work on air quality.

US Congressional Coalition Urges Support for Small Farms & Local Food Producers 

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Rep. Earl Blumenauer

For the US agriculture industry, the coronavirus has both revealed the fragility of food systems and the impacts of prioritizing agricultural commodities over local food sourcing and supply diversification.

Natural Resources Secretary Wade Crowfoot on Challenges of New Climate Reality

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California Secretary of Natural Resources Wade Crowfoot delivers a keynote address focusing on the economic, social and environmental challenges the state and localities are addressing in response to a new climate normal.

Garcetti & Schwarzenegger Reframe the Climate Conversation

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At a recent talk hosted by the Creative Artist Agency Foundation, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti and former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger charted a path forward for climate action at the subnational level of government.

Fmr. Ambassador Emerson on German/U.S. Trade & Climate Leadership

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John Emerson

Following President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, VX News sat down with former U.S. Ambassador to Germany John Emerson to gather his opinions on this administration’s impact on trade and commerce, climate action, and political discourse in Europe.

World Trade Leaders Opine On Uncertain Future of Trade At VX2017

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Vilma Martinez

How will business activities, especially in the clean tech and innovation sector, be affected by federal policies? At VX2017, VerdeXchange and the World Trade Center-Los Angeles convened political leaders to discuss the importance of trade and investment to the region and the United States in general.

In 'Post-Renewable' California, Energy Delivery & Pricing Changing Rapidly

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CPUC Chair Michael Picker

The growing set of renewable energy technologies, programs and financing schemes that customers are seeing today include claims that you can go “off the grid” for $30 per month. At VX2017, energy leaders from the regulatory, utility, and business community came together to confirm the realities, the true costs, and the societal impacts of distributed generation, home storage, and an “interactive grid”.

Sen. Bob Wieckowski Successfully Integrating Climate Adaptation Into California Law and Planning

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California State Senator Bob Wieckoswki

California State Senator Wieckowski opines on his SB 246's work to improve statewide resiliency coordination, as well as other accomplishments as Chair of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee.