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Wed Jun 5, 2013, 11:17 AM

California Carbon Challenge.


How Should California Address Climate Change?
The California Carbon Challenge is a simulation of some tough choices policymakers face in seeking to address climate change.

In 2006, California passed the Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32) which requires California to reduce its emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gasses to a specified target by the year 2020. The California Carbon Challenge lets you decide how to reach the state’s greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal. Some decisions have already been made by state officials, but you can choose whatever policy choices you like. How will you reduce greenhouse gas emissions?

This is a game made by a CA think tank called Next 10. It's interesting because it shows real life options for carbon emission reductions and how much they would be expected to cost at the government level. It also provides information about the options in a 'voter pamphlet' style with pros and cons by each side. The startling thing about it is just how cheap it is to fight global warming, relatively to it's potential future costs, if we do something NOW.

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