"The bottom line is: common-sense, sensible climate change policy is economic growth policy for the state of California."
These negotiations take place against the backdrop of increasingly dire predictions about the results of climate change. 2014 was the hottest year on record.
Geoengineering was once considered a fringe idea, but in these climatically desperate times some are arguing for desperate measures.
"You're talking about potentially changing weather and climate. You don't want to do that without as good an understanding as you can possibly have."
It was a crime scene we have become all too familiar with in 2015. Yellow police tape encircled the area of the dastardly deed. People milled about somewhat dazed but also angry.
In a recent column, I discussed my pick for the top 10 environmental stories of 2014; that got me to thinking about the coming year.
Developments in 2014 make clear that the impacts of climate change are going to continue to grow, and the struggle to address this will intensify.
"We cannot let the new green economy be a low-wage economy, because a sustainable environment needs a sustainable economy."
President Obama announced Tuesday that he's removing more than 52,000 square miles of waters off Alaska's coast from consideration for oil and gas exploration or drilling.
The climate change negotiations went into overtime, with extended session that lasted two days beyond the scheduled adjournment.