California mandates 100 percent clean energy by 2045

California mandates 100 percent clean energy by 2045

California mandates 100 percent clean energy by 2045

"It's impossible to overstate how significant it is for a state as large and influential as California to commit to 100 percent clean energy", said Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune.

Calif., Gov. Jerry Brown, left, walks to a news conference where he signed SB100 an environmental bill authored by state Sen.

Brown's remarks came Monday during an interview with The Associated Press after he signed the bill setting a goal of generating all California electricity from clean sources by 2045. Jerry Brown on Monday, the latest in a series of ambitious goals set by the state to combat the effects of climate change.

"There is no understating the importance of this measure", Brown said at a signing ceremony in Sacramento surrounded by state lawmakers. Brown also issued an executive order today requiring the state to become carbon neutral by 2045, that is, mandating that the state remove as much greenhouse gas from the atmosphere as it puts into the atmosphere.

The Global Climate Action Summit, which he will host later this week in San Francisco, was organized to encourage regional bodies, such as cities and states, to step up their own efforts to fight climate change where national governments have failed to act.

"We want others to do likewise, and if enough people often enough do what is needed we will curb global warming", Brown said during an interview with The Associated Press.

"California is committed to doing whatever is necessary to meet the existential threat of climate change", said Governor Brown in his SB 100 signing message.

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. The state now gets about 44 percent of its power from renewables and hydropower.

California is the most populous state to agree to such aggressive decarbonization and only the second state to formalize such a pledge in legislation, after Hawaii. Electricity is responsible for 16 percent of California's greenhouse gas emissions.

"We've reached all these great goals with renewables, but at the same time our families have paid the price with an increase in their electric bills every year", said Devon Mathis, R-Visalia, during the Assembly debate. Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles. Others say the goal of 100 percent renewables is not realistic because wind and solar power are not always available.

Data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration shows California is ranked sixth among states in crude oil production and 15th in natural gas, though production of both has declined since the mid-1980s. It also is less restrictive on technology, allowing any carbon-free resources to qualify including large hydroelectric dams and nuclear power.

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