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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- Ph.D., Technische Universität Munich (1972).
- “Diplomphysiker,” or Degree in Physics, Technische Universität, Munich, Germany (1970).
Werner Weber is an emeritus professor of physics at the Technical Univeristy of Dortmund. He has done past research with Bell Laboratories, and was a visiting research scientist at AT&T Bell Laboratores in Murray Hill, NJ.
His research areas are in theoretical solid state physics, but his CV (PDF) lists “new research [activity] on climate science” which is presumably related to his recent contribution to Die kalte Sonne or, “The Cold Sun,” a book which suggests that climate change is driven by solar activity.
Stance on Climate Change
In an article he wrote for the German newspaepr Bilde, he claims “the excessive heat forecasts of the IPCC is pure fear mongering!” He also attributes any recent warming or climate change to variations in solar activity, citing the research of fellow climate change skeptic Henrik Svensmark. 
“The field of climate science appeared to me as being very dogmatic right from the start, at least concerning the fundamentals.” 
Weber is listed as a “guest author” of a book written by Fritz Vahrenholt and geologist Sebastian Lüning titled Die kalte Sonne or, “The Cold Sun.”
The book has contains numerous fallacies, according to one article published by Zeit Online (translated here). Among these fallacies are the book's claims that the Earth has not warmed since 1998, that the Hockey Stick graph was a hoax, that only the sun is to blame for global warming, that the IPCC has manipulated climate science, and that we are entering a period of global cooling due to solar inactivity.
Weber attended a climate conference in Potsdam, Germany, where a “debate” took place between skeptics and other scientists. The skeptics (including Weber) were part of the European Institute for Climate and Energy (EIKE), while other scientists were from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). , 
Notably, Fritz Vahrenholt, one of the authors of the authors of Die kalte Sonne, was also present (as a guest). Weber presented on the “Sun and Climate,” and a version of his presentation (in German) is available online (PDF).
A brief look at EIKE's website reveals that many members of their Advisory Board are well known climate change skeptics including Robert M. Carter, Richard S. Courtney, Hans HJ Labohm, Nils Morner, Christopher Monckton, Ian Plimer, and Zbigniew Jaworowski. 
AT&T Bell Laboratories — Visiting Research Scientist (September 1986 - August 1987).
European Institute for Climate and Energy (EIKE) — Representative at Climate Change Conference (see above).
A complete list of publications is available at the University of Dortmund (PDF). Most of his articles in peer-reviewed journals appear to be on the subject of solid-state physics. None of the articles listed are related to climate.
An independent search of Google Scholar reveals one article written by Weber:
- W. Weber. “Strong signature of the active Sun in 100 years of terrestrial insolation data,” Annalen der Physik, Vol. 522, No. 6 (June, 2010).
“CURRICULUM VITAE - Werner Weber” (PDF), Technishe Universität Dortmund. Accessed February 15, 2012.
P Gosselin. “Consensus-Shattering 'Bild' Professor Writes: 'Climate Science…Dogmatic From The Start…Holds No Water'!” NoTricksZone, February 9, 2012.
Stefan Schmitt and Christian Tenbrock. “Kälte aus dem All?”, Zeit Online, January 27, 2012.
P Gosselin. “Skeptics And Alarmists Clash At Climate Conference – German Scientists Call PIK Scientific Position 'Weak',” NoTricksZone, May 18, 2011.
“Protokoll: PIK - EIKE wissenschaftliches Kolloqium vom 20.4.11,” EIKE, May 9, 2011. Original in German.