California Sets Goal Of 100 Percent Clean Electric Power By 2045

Washington DC. Gov. Brown participated in a National Press Club Newsmaker Program to answer questions from members of the media. (Pho

California to Move Toward 100% Clean Energy by 2045 Under Bill Signed by Gov. Brown

Brown signed today. The order requires California to become carbon neutral by 2045. It sets a new policy to make 100 percent of California's energy resources come from zero-carbon sources by 2045. President Trump has denied climate science, begun steps to withdraw the United States from the 2015 Paris climate agreement, and worked to expand the use of coal, one of the most polluting fuels, to generate American electricity.

Brown has a number of bills headed for his desk that would also set a standard for other states, including a bill that would hold retailers jointly responsible for workplace abuses against port truckers at ports including Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Oakland; and a bill that would mandate women on the public, corporate boards of companies in California. In addition, the order sets a goal of maintaining "net negative emissions" beyond 2045, which means using plants or technology to draw carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, and reuse or store it some manner (see "Maybe we can afford to suck CO2 out of the sky after all").

Brown, who has positioned California as a global leader in the effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, approved the measure as he prepares to host a summit in San Francisco of climate change leaders from around the world starting Wednesday.

Another 9 percent came from nuclear power, and a third from natural gas.

The legislation also increases the state's clean energy goals from 50 percent to 60 percent by 2030.

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SB 100 was first introduced previous year by California Sen.

#SB100 and this executive order put California on a path to meet the goals of Paris and beyond.

He rejected the criticism and said that California's approach to climate change relies on curbing emissions from a variety of sources, including oil.

"SB 100 is the crowning achievement in Governor Brown's legacy of embracing clean energy and fighting climate change. But it must be done", said Mr. Brown, a Democrat who leaves office after the November election.

"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.

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As of 2017, the past year for which complete data is available, the state got 44 percent of its electricity from renewable sources, including 15 percent from large hydroelectric projects, just over 10 percent from solar, and 9 percent from wind power.

The bill passed the state Assembly by a vote of 44-33 and the state Senate 25-13 late last month.

Opponents also noted that transportation - mostly gasoline and diesel fuel burned by cars and trucks - generates 41 percent of the state's greenhouse gas emissions, more than double the 16 percent that power plants produce.

The co-chairs of the San Francisco climate summit include former NY mayor and philanthropist Michael Bloomberg, UN climate chief Patricia Espinosa, and China's top climate official, Xie Zhenhua.

California already gets a substantial portion of its electricity from renewable resources.

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