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California needs an equitable strategy for transitioning to all-electric buildings

by Ethan Elkind and Ted Lamm/CalMatters

Tens of millions of Californians live and work in buildings that burn natural gas to power their air heating and cooling, hot water and cooking equipment. This energy use in turn causes about 10% of statewide greenhouse gas emissions and substantial amounts of harmful indoor air pollution.

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Ethan Elkind and Ted Lamm co-authored the new report "Building toward Decarbonization: Policy Solutions to Accelerate Building Electrification in High-Priority Communities." Elkind is the director of the Climate Program at University of California at Berkeley's Center for Law, Energy and the Environment and can be reached at [email protected] Lamm is a senior research fellow at the center and can be reached at [email protected] This piece was first published by CalMatters, a nonpartisan, nonprofit journalism venture that works with media partners throughout the state, including The Almanac.

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