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California Compares Favorably To Other Countries In The Clean Technology Arena

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California performs well against the rest of the world in the latest Green Innovation Index from the non-partisan think tank Next-10.

California has long ranked as a national leader when it comes to developing green technologies and industries. A new report from the non-partisan think tank Next 10 found the state also does well when compared to the rest of the world.

The state ranked in the top 10 in renewable energy production, percentage of renewable energy used and energy productivity. Those advancements are also fueling the state’s economy.

“In California we install more renewable energy. We have more workers on the ground helping support the growth of the industry and also creating jobs for the economy,” said Renae Steichen, the report co-author.

There is still room for improvement, however, because California only ranked in the middle of the pack when carbon creation is measured in relationship to the state’s population.

California attracted half of the world’s venture capital spending on clean tech industries, according to Steichen. The state ranked in the top 10 world-wide in several areas including how carbon-intensive the state’s economy is.

“Which is carbon per dollar of goods and services for gross domestic product,” Steichen said.

The study found France, California and Italy have the least carbon intensive economies in the world.

KPBS's Maureen Cavanaugh, Patty Lane and Peggy Pico contributed to the Midday and Evening Edition segments.


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