Energy reform is the solution to climate change

Central Utah Coal-Fired Power PlantIf you are paying attention to the climate change discussion lately, you’ve probably noticed that things have gotten quite hysterical. In the last year it’s become clear to most of us that the time for discussion is over, and the time for meaningful action has arrived. Despite what a few stubborn holdouts are saying, the scenario is way closer to “worst case” than most of us thought five years ago.

Unfortunately this problem will not be solved by changing light bulbs, adding weather stripping to our windows or buying fuel-efficient vehicles. We need sweeping reforms at the policy level. Specifically we need to address the elephant in the room: electricity.

In California, approximately 70% of the electricity we buy from PG&E and Southern California Edison is derived from fossil fuels. This dirty power accounts for the vast majority of our annual carbon …