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Introduction

Explaining Jerry Brown’s Newfound Energy (Policy)

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Monday, March 23, 2015

By tradition, a California governor’s second-term inaugural address is a good indicator of how the term-limited chief executive of America’s nation-state plans to ride off into the sunset. Pete Wilson’s second-term inaugural, delivered 20 years ago, included talk of shrinking government (lower taxes and less regulation) to spur economic growth.

Podcast: The Eureka Podcast – “Jerry Brown, Environmental Visionary?”
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Governor Brown’s Gasoline Consumption Reduction Plan Offers Less than Meets The Eye

by Jeremy Carlvia Eureka
Monday, March 23, 2015

In one of the more memorable statements in his fourth inaugural address, Governor Brown pledged to ensure that California would cut the usage of petroleum in the state’s vehicles by up to 50 percent by 2030. While the Governor’s proposal got a lot of publicity, on closer examination, it figures to be far more sizzle than steak.

Podcast: The Eureka Podcast – “Jerry Brown, Environmental Visionary?”
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The Price of California’s Preoccupation with Renewables: Too Much of a Good Thing?

by Rob Lapsleyvia Eureka
Friday, March 20, 2015

In his annual State of the State address, Governor Brown outlined ambitious goals for taking California’s climate change policies to the next level. Historically, our state has held the position of groundbreaking leadership when it comes to aggressive environmental programs, so it comes as no surprise that Governor Brown wants to expand on this trend by enacting even more aggressive policies aimed at 2030 and 2050 climate change goals.

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The Politics of Governor Brown’s Climate Change Proposals

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Friday, March 20, 2015

Aiming to fulfill Governor Brown’s State of the State proposals, Senate President Pro Tem, Kevin de León, introduced a portfolio of climate change legislation in early February.  Unlike Brown, however, who spent 23 percent of his address proposing the climate change agenda and defending further action on moral grounds, de León framed his actions as a way to “make sure California keeps leading in building the new economy of tomorrow.” 

Podcast: The Eureka Podcast – “Jerry Brown, Environmental Visionary?”
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California’s Clear, But Strenuous Path To Doubling Its Energy Savings By 2030

by Dian Grueneichvia Eureka
Friday, March 20, 2015

In January, Governor Jerry Brown announced a goal for Californians to double the planned level of savings from energy efficiency improvements in existing buildings by 2030 and develop cleaner heating fuels. Hitting these very high targets in just 15 years “will take great thought and imagination,” the Governor said, and “require enormous innovation, research and investment.”

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California's Climate Change Conundrum

via Eureka
Monday, March 23, 2015

In this edition of Eureka, we’ll look at Brown’s three energy proposals – their feasibility, and what they mean both for California and for the Governor’s legacy. Eureka was created to serve as an occasional discussion of the policy, political and economic issues confronting California. Like the Golden State motto from which this forum’s title was borrowed, the goal here is one of discovery – identifying underlying problems and offering reasonable and common-sense reforms for America’s great nation-state.

Featured Commentary

Governor Brown’s Gasoline Consumption Reduction Plan Offers Less than Meets The Eye

by Jeremy Carlvia Eureka
Monday, March 23, 2015

In one of the more memorable statements in his fourth inaugural address, Governor Brown pledged to ensure that California would cut the usage of petroleum in the state’s vehicles by up to 50 percent by 2030. While the Governor’s proposal got a lot of publicity, on closer examination, it figures to be far more sizzle than steak.

Podcast: The Eureka Podcast – “Jerry Brown, Environmental Visionary?”
Introduction

Explaining Jerry Brown’s Newfound Energy (Policy)

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Monday, March 23, 2015

By tradition, a California governor’s second-term inaugural address is a good indicator of how the term-limited chief executive of America’s nation-state plans to ride off into the sunset. Pete Wilson’s second-term inaugural, delivered 20 years ago, included talk of shrinking government (lower taxes and less regulation) to spur economic growth.

Podcast: The Eureka Podcast – “Jerry Brown, Environmental Visionary?”
Featured Commentary

The Politics of Governor Brown’s Climate Change Proposals

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Friday, March 20, 2015

Aiming to fulfill Governor Brown’s State of the State proposals, Senate President Pro Tem, Kevin de León, introduced a portfolio of climate change legislation in early February.  Unlike Brown, however, who spent 23 percent of his address proposing the climate change agenda and defending further action on moral grounds, de León framed his actions as a way to “make sure California keeps leading in building the new economy of tomorrow.” 

Podcast: The Eureka Podcast – “Jerry Brown, Environmental Visionary?”
Featured Commentary

California’s Clear, But Strenuous Path To Doubling Its Energy Savings By 2030

by Dian Grueneichvia Eureka
Friday, March 20, 2015

In January, Governor Jerry Brown announced a goal for Californians to double the planned level of savings from energy efficiency improvements in existing buildings by 2030 and develop cleaner heating fuels. Hitting these very high targets in just 15 years “will take great thought and imagination,” the Governor said, and “require enormous innovation, research and investment.”

Featured Commentary

The Price of California’s Preoccupation with Renewables: Too Much of a Good Thing?

by Rob Lapsleyvia Eureka
Friday, March 20, 2015

In his annual State of the State address, Governor Brown outlined ambitious goals for taking California’s climate change policies to the next level. Historically, our state has held the position of groundbreaking leadership when it comes to aggressive environmental programs, so it comes as no surprise that Governor Brown wants to expand on this trend by enacting even more aggressive policies aimed at 2030 and 2050 climate change goals.

The Eureka Podcast – “Jerry Brown, Environmental Visionary?”

interview with Carson Bruno, Jeremy Carl, Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Monday, March 9, 2015

California’s governor sets ambitious new goals for the state’s energy future.

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Latest Hoover Golden State Poll: In Their Governor Californians Trust?

via Eureka
Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Last week, California Gov. Jerry Brown delivered a second-term inaugural address/State of the State message that revealed his intentions both for the calendar year and his remaining time as the Golden State’s chief executive (video here).

Governor Brown’s Double-Stuffed Oreo: Two Speeches In One, But Stuff That Went Unsaid

by Bill Whalenvia Eureka
Monday, January 5, 2015

Five days into 2015, we have some answers as to where California Gov. Jerry Brown wants to take America’s nation-state – the Golden State’s longest-serving chief executive on Monday morning delivering an inaugural address from the confines of the State Assembly that was also billed as his annual State of the State oration (though technically it was not a joint convention of the State Legislature).

Explanations for What Happened in California’s Most Competitive Elections

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Tuesday, December 9, 2014

On November 3rd, I provided some predictions for California’s top legislative and Congressional races.  With the dust settled, I can take a look back at those predictions to figure out what, indeed, happened. 

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Eureka was created to serve as an occasional discussion of the policy, political and economic issues confronting California. Like the Golden State motto from which this forum’s title was borrowed, the goal here is one of discovery – identifying underlying problems and offering reasonable and common-sense reforms for America’s great nation-state.

Ever since Archimedes supposedly first uttered the word, eureka has meant joy, satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment. Drawing on the combined wisdom of Hoover’s policy experts and leading California thinkers, we hope that you’ll find enlightenment in these pages. Hoover research fellow Bill Whalen, who has nearly two decades of experience in California politics and public policy, serves as this forum’s editor.