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Adopting Local Climate Policies: What Have California Cities Done And Why?

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Executive Summary

Climate action at the local level represents an important and unique complement to global and national level policies. The lack of accurate information of actions taken by local governments and explanations of the great variation in local climate policy adoption directly impairs the ability to more effectively motivate and assist local climate actions. This study quantitatively analyzes a wide range of local climate actions adopted by California cities. The selective adoption of different climate actions suggests some cities are more progressive than others, with city size and political preference as important predictors of a city's progressiveness.

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