California Governor Jerry Brown used the occasion of his fourth inaugural address to propose an ambitious new clean energy target for the state: 50% renewable energy by 2030.
“We are at a crossroads,” Brown said in announcing the proposal, according to Climate Progress. “The challenge is to build for the future, not steal from it, to live within our means and to keep California ever golden and creative.”
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Hugh W. Ellsaesser
Hugh W. Ellsaesser
- Ph.D., Meteorology. 
A meteorologist by training, Ellsaesser is a retired “guest scientist” at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and a widely-quoted global warming skeptic.
He is “CEO of HWE Atmospheric Consultant.” 
Stance on Climate Change
“… I am one of the strong supporters of the proposition that the available records indicate climate warming over the past century or so. It's just that I don't believe the observed warming is due to an increase in greenhouse gases.” 
“In considering the question of human activity and climate change it is essential to distinguish between global warming, which is a progressive increase in the annual mean global temperature, and human-activity-induced greenhouse warming, as may, for example, be caused by the release of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere as a result of fossil fuel combustion or deforestation.” 
Ellsaesser questioned the validity of government action on ozone depletion and reducing the use of CFC's. In a November 1996 article he said that “The public has been misled to an even great extent in that the possible beneficial consequences of increased UV have been consistently ignored.” 
Ellsaesser was one of the signatories of the 2006 open letter to Prime Minister Harper that urged inaction on climate policy while denying the existence of human-caused, or anthropogenic, global warming.
The group contained 14 “climate scientists” that made up SEPP's “Science Integrity Team.” The team set out to present its findings “in plain English” to congress and the media—findings which suggested a lack of significant or human-caused global warming while concluding that “if the earth were to warm slightly, and atmospheric CO2 were to increase, the effects would be mostly beneficial.”
- The Advancement of Sound Science Coalition (TASSC) — Former advisor (TASSC is now defunct). 
- The Natural Resources Stewardship Project (NRSP) — Past Allied Expert (The NRSP is now defunct). 
According to an ISI database search of publications, Ellsaesser has not been published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal since 1984.
“Re: Global warming: It's happening,” Letter to NaturalSCIENCE.
Environ. Sci. Technol., 1991, 25 (7), pp 1186–1186 (ES&T Letters).
Hugh W. Ellsaesser. “Reassessing the Montreal Protocol: Health and biological effects of increased UV exposure may be overestimated,” Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow, November 1, 1996. Archived October 28, 2007.
“What's wrong with U.N. climate science: An independent scientific review of the IPCC's Third Assessment Report” (News Release), Science and Environmental Policy Project, May 25, 2000. Archived February 15, 2007.
“THE ADVANCEMENT OF SOUND SCIENCE COALITION [defunct],” Integrity in Science. Accessed December 7, 2011.
“CFACT Board of Advisors,” CFACT.org. Accessed December 7, 2011.
“Natural Resources Stewardship Project 'Allied Experts',” The Natural Resources Stewardship Project. Archived February 19, 2009.
“Hugh W. Ellsaesser,” SourceWatch Profile.
“Staff,” Consumer Alert. Archived April 2, 2003.
“Board of Directors and Advisors,” eco.freedom.org. Archived April 15, 2007.
Hugh W. Ellsaesser. “What you never hear about greenhouse warming,” Sovereignty.net.
“Deniers:Scientists:Hugh Ellsaesser,” ExxonSecrets Wiki.