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13 September 2018, 11:58 | Justin Tyler
California Commits To 100 Percent Clean Energy By 2045
"California, as a very prosperous economy, is taking aggressive action on climate change", Brown told AFP by phone when asked if the new measure will inspire others. Jerry Brown on Monday, the latest in a series of ambitious goals set by the state to combat the effects of climate change. The summit aims to secure commitments from cities, states, provinces, countries and corporations to reduce greenhouse gases that the world's leading scientific organizations say are trapping heat in the atmosphere and warming the planet.
The executive order reaches beyond the electricity sector, which represents 16% of California's GHG emissions, directing the state to achieve carbon neutrality by 2045 and net negative GHG emissions after that. More broadly, California has set ambitious goals to slash greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030, compared to 1990 levels.
"There is no understating the importance of this measure", Brown said at a signing ceremony in Sacramento surrounded by state lawmakers. "SB 100 is sending a message to California and to the world that we're going to meet the Paris [climate] agreement".
One of the most interesting aspects of the zero-emissions bill signed today is that it also specifies that California can't increase the carbon emissions of another state to get cheap electricity.
This action comes days before grassroots activists, mayors, governors, heads of industry and worldwide leaders convene in San Francisco for the express goal of mobilizing climate action at the Global Climate Action Summit.
The announcement comes just days ahead of the Global Climate Action Summit.
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.
As Mexico, Canada, and other US states seek to lower emissions, North America will continue to be one of the largest energy storage markets in the world for many years.
"This bill and the executive order put California on a path to meet the goals of Paris and beyond", Brown said. Kevin de León, a Los Angeles Democrat who carried SB 100, said.
California already gets a substantial portion of its electricity from renewable resources.
Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed a bill requiring that 100% of California's electricity be generated by renewables like wind and solar by 2045. Gray Davis signed the first "renewable portfolio standard", by former Palo Alto state senator Byron Sher, which required 20 percent of the state's electricity to come from renewable sources.
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.
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