Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
Research | By Jody Lindsey

California governor signs law for clean energy by 2045

California governor signs law for clean energy by 2045

At a ceremony in the state Capitol, Brown signed SB 100, by State Sen.

"There's no understating the importance of this measure", Brown said, moments before signing the two actions.

"And since climate change is [an] existential threat, I would say that doing what he's doing to undermine efforts that will save lives and prevent catastrophe for California, for America and the world, is about as reprehensible as any act that any American president has ever been guilty of". As an interim step toward the goal of 100 percent renewables, the bill would increase California's clean energy goal to 60 percent by 2030.

EZRA DAVID ROMERO, BYLINE: The law requires the state to gradually collect all its electricity from clean sources like hydropower, solar and wind.

If the EPA is returning power to the states, California's plan shows what some states may do with that power.

After President Donald Trump made his intentions to support the oil and gas industries clear and pulled out of the Paris Agreement on climate change in June 2017, Brown volunteered as an unofficial ambassador overseas on climate change issues.

When the EPA released the rule last month, Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said the Affordable Clean Energy Rule would "empower states to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide modern, reliable, and affordable energy".

Environmental activists enthusiastically backed the measure, but there was opposition from some of the state's largest utility companies.

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State utilities and energy producers are now being pushed to make up the difference.

The bill was backed by both democrats and republicans just days after a statewide report indicated that California is at high-risk for the effects of climate change.

Consumer Watchdog and Food & Water Watch say they'll air a television ad in which a young girl calls on Brown to shut down oil rigs. "We continue to move forward, and passing SB 100 is one of the boldest moves we can make to help save our climate and way of life".

"If we're going to have these first-in-the-nation laws, we want to see first-in-the-nation benefits", said Rob Lapsley, president of the California Business Roundtable. The remaining electricity came from non-renewable sources, including natural gas at 33 percent. Democratic State Senator Kevin de Leon wrote the bill.

The executive order signed by Brown directs the state to achieve carbon neutrality by 2045 and net negative greenhouse gas emissions after that.

California has officially pledged to get all its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2045.

A new law in California sets a goal of phasing out all fossil fuels from the state's electricity system by the year 2045. Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, D-San Diego, left, who carried the bill in the Assembly, watches.

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