Valley Benefits in Many Ways as We Battle Climate Change

Re “How Lima climate talks will impact Central Valley” (Opinion, Jan. 9): Prof. Roger Bales is right to point out that California’s efforts to combat climate change can greatly benefit the Central Valley, both by cleaning the air and creating jobs and economic opportunities. What readers may not know is that these policies are already changing lives and helping families in the valley and around California.

Valley residents can learn more about the benefits that are already reaching local consumers, workers and small businesses at, and can also get useful information about how to take advantage of these benefits.

And this is just the beginning. By making polluters pay for the filth they put into our air and putting that money to work on clean energy, home weatherization and pollution-free transportation, California is pioneering smart policies that will be increasingly copied around the world.