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January 18, 2017
by Chris Megerian
LA Times

As California lawmakers prepare for another round of debating the best way to combat climate change, a new study says the San Joaquin Valley is benefiting economically from the state's policies on global warming.

The report comes from Next 10, a public policy think tank that partnered with researchers at UC Berkeley to crunch the numbers.

F. Noel Perry, a venture capitalist who founded Next 10, said they studied the valley because it has struggled with poor air quality and an economy that's sluggish when compared to the state's coast.

January 21, 2017
by Rory Appleton
The Fresno Bee

California climate and clean air initiatives have led to more than $13 billion in net economic benefits for the San Joaquin Valley, a study conducted by University of California at Berkeley researchers has found.

The University’s Center for Law, Energy & the Environment and Donald Vial Center on Employment in the Green Economy authored the study, which was commissioned by the nonprofit organization Next 10.

January 20, 2017
by F. Noel Perry, Ethan Elkind and Betony Jones
Sacramento Bee

From the statehouse to the courthouse to Washington, D.C., California’s pioneering climate policies face scrutiny. How do they affect jobs? How do they affect the economy more broadly? Do they cost too much?

People have a lot of opinions about these questions. At Next 10, we wanted to add hard economic data to the discussion.

So Next 10 commissioned a team of UC Berkeley researchers to complete the first academic, comprehensive cost/benefit study of climate policies in the San Joaquin Valley.

January 20, 2017
by Kerry Klein
Valley Public Radio

California has a reputation for progressive climate policies, and a new study shows it’s having an economic impact the San Joaquin Valley.

Over $13 billion: That’s how much the state's climate policies have delivered to the San Joaquin Valley, according to a study out of UC Berkeley and the non-profit group Next 10. The group’s founder, Noel Perry, says those benefits included tax revenues, direct investment in local businesses, and nearly 40,000 jobs.

January 19, 2017
by Amy Quinton
Capital Public Radio

The San Joaquin Valley is reaping more than $13 billion in economic benefits from California’s climate change policies, according to the first comprehensive academic cost-benefit study.

The report shows that California’s renewable energy requirements for investor-owned utilities gave the San Joaquin Valley the biggest economic boost. Construction and operation of renewable energy projects have created 31,000 jobs since 2002. The state’s cap-and-trade policies that reduce carbon emissions were also examined.

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