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    Fw: [fuelcell-energy] ... The bottom line on global warming - Tom King and Steve Howard Monday, July 31, 2006 When British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Gov.
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      The bottom line on global warming
      - Tom King and Steve Howard
      Monday, July 31, 2006

      When British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger
      meet with a group of CEOs at the Port of Long Beach today to discuss
      climate change and energy, there will be no argument that global
      warming is real. Rather, the subject of the roundtable discussions
      will center on how business and government can work together to
      develop cost-effective strategies to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.

      California is the perfect place to hold such a meeting. The state is
      already seeing the economic potential that comes when business and
      government work together. For almost 30 years, Californians have
      invested in energy efficiency and in cleaning up energy sources.
      These energy-saving actions not only reduce the emissions that cause
      global warming, they are saving California businesses millions of
      dollars every year.

      A 2005 study of California by The Climate Group, a nonprofit,
      international consortium of government and business, found that
      California is a low-carbon leader in the United States. Further, a
      study by experts at Stanford University notes that energy efficiency
      in California's commercial and industrial sectors helped California's
      economy grow an additional 3 percent -- a $31 billion gain -- between
      1975 and 1995.

      California's energy-efficiency programs have been the most innovative
      and aggressive in the country. In the last 30 years, per capita
      energy use in our state has remained basically flat, while in the
      rest of the country, it has increased about 50 percent. If
      California's energy use had grown at the U.S. rate, estimates are
      that about 25,000 megawatts worth of new generating stations would
      have been needed -- roughly equivalent to about 25 large power

      Largely as a result of its investments in energy efficiency,
      renewable energy, natural gas and other cleaner conventional sources,
      PG&E, is one of the cleanest energy providers of any large utility in
      the nation, according to Ceres (a national network of investment
      funds, environmental organizations and other public interest groups),
      Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Public Service
      Enterprise Group. The utility's customers, for example, have taken
      advantage of state-supported rebates to purchase a full range of
      energy-efficient appliances. As a result, over the past 30 years,
      PG&E's customer energy-efficiency programs have kept 61 million tons
      of global warming gases out of the atmosphere. Last fall, PG&E joined
      with state regulators to launch an ambitious, $2 billion initiative
      to expand energy-efficiency programs -- the largest, most
      comprehensive such effort in the United States.

      California's lawmakers are also setting an example to the rest of the
      world when it comes to addressing global warming. The governor and
      leaders in the Legislature, including the Assembly Speaker Fabian
      Nunez and the Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, are working to
      develop the steps that California can take to address climate change.
      Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's California's Climate Action Report
      contains many promising recommendations that are designed to meet the
      statewide global warming emission-reduction targets he announced last
      year. These include coordinating California's investments to spur the
      development of clean-energy technologies, giving "early action
      credit" to business and local governments who are already investing
      in reducing greenhouse gases, and requiring large emitters of
      greenhouse gases to measure their greenhouse-gas emissions annually
      and to disclose their inventory to the public.

      Implementation of a number of these recommendations will extend
      environmental and economic benefits. For example, the estimated
      energy savings from expanding energy-efficiency programs similar to
      PG&E's to all California utilities -- including municipal utilities --
      would be the avoided-pollution equivalent of taking more than a
      million cars off the road by 2020. That would provide an estimated $3
      billion in savings to consumers over the next decade.

      Today, the governor and Prime Minister Blair will exchange ideas with
      business leaders on how to advance clean energy use and clean
      technologies that will help our planet make the critically important
      transition to a low-carbon economy as cost-effective as possible. The
      stakes are high, but so are the potential rewards, including new
      investments in efficient technology, new jobs, and, most importantly,
      real progress in reducing greenhouse-gas emissions that will help
      address climate change.

      Tom King is CEO of Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Steve Howard is
      CEO of The Climate Group, which is hosting the Climate and Energy
      Roundtable. The Climate Group is an independent, nonprofit
      organization dedicated to advancing business and government
      leadership on climate change. It is based in the United Kingdom, the
      United States and Australia.

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