Steve Westly

Steve Westly is the founder of The Westly Group, a large sustainability venture capital firm, and previously served as the controller and chief fiscal officer of the State of California from 2003 to 2007.

Is America Really the “Land of the Free”?

Aug 22, 2019

Freedom is under attack around the world. Police are rounding up hundreds of opposition protesters in Moscow, while hundreds of thousands are protesting in Hong Kong for freer elections, a free press and freedom from extradition to China. Yet in the United States, the hard right is taking extraordinary actions...

The Right Green New Deal

May 08, 2019

The Green New Deal as proposed makes the right diagnosis, but the wrong prescription for government action on renewable energy. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey’s Green New Deal has sparked an important and overdue debate about America’s energy future. The core message of the controversial bill is correct: America...

California Wildfires: It’s Time to Tackle the Root of the Problem

Nov 23, 2018

The real solution to reducing California’s wildfires lies in building a world-class economy that moves off carbon-based fuels to sustainable energy. Smoky skies and incinerated homes from wildfires are becoming the new normal in the United States and other countries throughout the world. Bad luck alone is not to blame....

Who Will Fix California's Biggest Problem?

May 07, 2018

 The looming problem of California’s pension system should be front and center for the upcoming governor’s race. As the California governor’s race heats up, voters should focus on one issue that towers above all others in importance: our public pension system’s slide toward insolvency. Even as the stock market soars to...

Is Climate Change Causing America's Catastrophic Landslides?

Mar 14, 2018

You can now add landslides to the list of America’s climate change concerns. This last year California had two of the most devastating fires in its history, with a firestorm that burned 245,000 acres and killed 44 people. The cost to the economy was over $85 million. Just seven weeks...

Technology: Turning Challenges into Opportunities

Feb 16, 2018

Today, we have a once in a lifetime opportunity to recapture some of the space we need make our cities more liveable. Americans love cars and shopping malls, but changes on the horizon suggest that this love affair will not last. Technology is triggering massive transformations in our economy, and...

Could California Go All Electric?

Dec 07, 2017

California needs to set a date for barring the sale of gas and diesel vehicles. California has been a global leader in renewable energy for two decades. In 2003, we mandated that 20% of our electricity would come from renewable energy by 2010. Critics scoffed, but we did that, and...

New Thinking on Education Needed to Compete in the World

May 10, 2017

To compete in the 21st-century global economy, America needs a 21st-century education system. Income inequality in America is at its highest point since the 1920s. For all our divisions, Americans understand that too much of the wealth our economy is producing is going to those at the very top, while...