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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John A. Charles Jr.
- M.P.A. (Master's in public administration), Portland State University (1990).
- B.A., University of Pittsburgh (1976).
John A. Charles Jr. is the president and CEO of the Cascade Policy Institute. He started as their Environmental Policy director in 1997 with his research focused on “transportation, land use, and free-market environmentalism.” 
He is a contributing author to Citizen’s Guide to Smart Growth, co-published by the Heritage Foundation and Property and the Environment Research Center.
Prior to joining The Cascade Policy Institute, he was executive director of the Oregon Environmental Council for 17 years.
Stance on Climate Change
“Journalists have repeatedly shown a propensity for believing alarmist claims about global warming based primarily on computer modeling of the future. But the only thing that really matters for public policy is empirical data. If the evidence shows that Oregon is a net emitter of greenhouse gases and that reducing those gases would demonstrably make us better off, then policy makers should consider taking action. But that evidence does not yet exist.” 
“Because 98 percent of Oregon is open space, largely covered with vegetation, it's at least plausible that Oregon is actually a net sink for CO2 rather than a net source. If that turns out to be the case—and it’s currently being calculated by a multi-state task force known as Westcarb—there would be no policy basis for Gov. Kulongoski to impose additional regulations on Oregonians, such as the costly California automotive emissions standards he is advocating.” 
March 2 - 4, 2008
During his speech, he criticized Portland's attempts to reduce carbon emissions, referring to the politics driving Portland's climate policy as a “cult.”
He further describes the Oregon Climate Trust, which had imposed regulations on carbon dioxide emissions by Portland's power plants, as an “extortion scheme,” while describing Oregon's overall carbon-reducing strategies as “coercive taxation income redistribution schemes” that “squandered billions of dollars that could have been more productively spent elsewhere.” 
He views money as being ill-spent on expanding public transit. After elaborating on the various perceived failures of Portland's carpooling program, he sums up the carpooling issue by concluding people “just don't want to do that.”
According to a search of Google Scholar, John A. Charles Jr. has not published any articles in peer-reviewed journals on any subject.
In an article originally published in Governing Magazine, Charles said that Portland's “land-use regulations are bound to fail in the end, and low-density suburbia will have the ultimate victory” and that “people will increasingly scatter themselves across the landscape, continuing a trend that has been under way for most of this century.” 
The article was reprinted by LightRailNow!, a site that accuses numerous right-wing think-tanks, including the Cascade Policy Institute, of acting as “propaganda mills” while opposing public transit projects.
Charles also contributed his viewpoint on urban sprawl in the book A Citizen's Guide to Smart Growth which was launched at the Heartland Institute's National Conference on Sprawl and Smart Growth in April, 2000. The book “puts sprawl in perspective and proposes concrete ideas to reduce harmful side-effects of growth.” It is co-published by the Heritage Foundation and the Property and Environment Research Center.
“Staff,” Cascade Policy Institute. Accessed December 1, 2011.
John A. Charles Jr. “Climate Change and the Oregon Economy: Still Searching for the Smoking Gun” (PDF), Cascade Commentary, No. 13 (December, 2005).
“2008 International Conference on Climate Change: Video,” The Heartland Institute. Archived May 7, 2009.
“The Boys of Sprawl,” Governing Magazine, May 2000. Republished by Light Rail Progress, August 2003.
“John A. Charles, Jr.”, SourceWatch.