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· According to Global Citizen, Governor Jerry Brown of California has vowed that the state will source 100% of its energy from renewable resources by 2045.
· How can other states follow California's renewable energy proposal? How will this pledge assist with efforts to achieve the commitments made under the Paris climate agreement?
· Read more about California's clean energy goal.
Ahead of California’s inaugural Global Climate Action Summit, Gov. Jerry Brown announced that the state will supply 100% of its energy from sources that don’t emit greenhouse gas emissions through Senate Bill 100.
Brown also signed an executive order requiring the state to become carbon-neutral by 2045, which calls for offsetting the 16% of state emissions that come from sectors other than electricity production, like transportation.
There’s no wiggle room in these proposals, either — Brown signed both pursuits into binding law.
“This bill and the executive order put California on a path to meet the goals of Paris and beyond. It will not be easy,” Brown said in a press release. “It will not be immediate. But it must be done.”
The new measures accelerate previous climate commitments that the state has made in recent years and signals its ambition to help ensure that the US maintains its commitments made under the Paris climate agreement, even as the federal government undermines national environmental regulations.
In numerous ways, California has emerged as a primary adversary of the Trump administration’s environmental agenda.
Read the full article about California's vow for renewable energy by Joe McCarthy at Global Citizen.