The legislation, Senate Bill 100, speeds up the state's renewable-energy benchmarks, setting goals of 50 percent electrical-power generation from energy sources such as wind and solar by 2025, and 60 percent by 2030. The California governor has taken on the mantle of leading the USA effort to combat climate change as President Donald Trump has sought to roll back environmental regulations and support coal-fired power plants. Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill on Monday mandating the state to strive towards this goal, along with an executive order calling for carbon neutrality throughout California.
A new California law says the state must phase out fossil fuels from its electrical grid by 2045.
The passing of the legislation also comes as San Francisco this week hosts the Global Climate Action Summit, which was organized to encourage regional bodies to boost their own attempts to fight climate change where national governments have failed to act, according to The Sacramento Bee. As MIT Technology Review previously reported, the state is, "acting as a test bed for what's technically achievable, providing a massive market for the rollout of clean-energy technologies and building a body of knowledge that other states and nations can leverage". Yes, they do. So what we believe is that people are increasingly seeing the symptoms.
"It will not be easy", Brown tweeted after signing Senate Bill 100 and a related executive order.
Governors, mayors, CEOs and billionaire philanthropists gather in San Francisco this week to take aim at global warming as the world awakens to the all-too-real threat of climate change run amuck.
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Last year, California joined Washington state and NY to form the U.S. Climate Alliance, which now includes 17 U.S. states committed to achieving the goals of the Paris climate agreement and meeting or exceeding the targets of the Clean Power Plan crafted by the Obama administration's Environmental Protection Agency. The state now gets about 44 percent of its power from renewables and hydropower. Between 2008 and 2015, the price utilities paid for solar energy dropped 77 percent.
Major cities will likely announce greenhouse gas emissions trending downward, and governors will unveil partnerships supporting indigenous efforts to sustainably manage tropical, carbon-dense forests.
The order directs several state agencies to set targets for artificially removing carbon dioxide from the air through a process known as "sequestration".
Impressively, The Hill notes that this makes California the largest economy in the world to commit to exclusively using renewable energy from solar, wind, and water. By 2045, all of the state's electricity must come from renewable or other zero-carbon sources.