Nov 7 - Battling climate change: The best policies for California

A discussion of how California activists fighting climate change can best choose their battles.

About this Event

As climate activists, how do we know which laws to push for? Should we spend our precious time advocating for a ban on internal combustion engines? New laws related to carbon pricing? Tougher regulations on industry or new buildings? It’s hard to prioritize without the help of economists and energy experts.

California has of course been on the forefront of effective legislation to fight climate change. But new evidence shows that much bolder policies are needed.

At this event, Dr. Chris Busch, the Director of Research at Energy Innovation, will present a new definitive report as well as an exciting new open source software tool, the California Energy Policy Simulator. His report finds that additional policies will be needed for the state to hit its 2030 greenhouse gas reduction target (40% below 1990 levels), legally required by a recent California law. He identifies six specific opportunities to close the gap. These are the areas where activists should be focusing. Finally, he’ll guide us through using the web-enabled software tool for carrying out customized climate policy analysis. This enables citizen activists to bolster their advocacy with results from a cutting edge computer model.

We will have lots of time for Q&A, so bring your curiosity! Light refreshments will be provided.

Doors open at 6:30pm. Talk begins at 7:00pm sharp.

Bio: Chris Busch holds a PhD in environmental and natural resource economics from UC Berkeley. Currently the Director of Research at Energy Innovation, an environmental policy think tank, he leads the consulting firm’s California policy program. Chris’s research has been covered in outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Vox, and National Geographic, and he has published in various high-impact scientific journals.


350 Silicon Valley [501(c)(3)] and Cool Planet are non-profit organizations running on shoe-string budgets. The cost of the ticket primarily covers costs for putting on this event. You must purchase tickets on eventbrite--tickets will not be available at the door, and may sell out before the event.


Co-sponsoring organizations:

350 Silicon Valley

Cool Planet (First Presbyterian Church Palo Alto)

Peninsula Interfaith Climate Action

League of Women Voters

Fossil Free Mid-Peninsula

Cool Block Palo Alto

Silicon Valley Youth Climate Strike

Mothers Out Front


Protect Juristac

Tuolumne River Trust


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