California governor signs law for clean energy by 2045

14 September, 2018, 11:54 | Author: Dwayne Harmon
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The laws, signed Saturday by Governor Jerry Brown, ban the construction of pipelines and other facilities in state waters that could transport oil and gas from an offshore platform. It sets a new policy to make 100 percent of California's energy resources come from zero-carbon sources by 2045. Jerry Brown signed a bill Monday that aims to eliminate fossil fuel use for electricity by 2045 and serves as a rebuke to US withdrawal from the Paris climate accord.

In addition to signing SB-100 into law, Governor Brown also issued an executive order directing the state to achieve carbon neutrality by 2045 and net negative greenhouse gas emissions after that.

While 32% of commercial energy sale past year was purchased from renewable sources, one glaring problem California faces is having the overall energy supply matchup with overall demand for electricity.

"[The bill] is sending a message to California and the world that we are going to meet the Paris agreement and we are going to continue down that path to transition our economy", he told reporters.

Critics said they were concerned that the bill would bring higher electricity prices, with opponents including the major utilities, oil interests, as well as the California Farm Bureau Federation and the California Chamber of Commerce, The Mercury News reported. Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) requires the state to obtain all of its electricity from clean sources - such as solar, wind and hydropower - by 2045. "But it must be done", said Brown said. Nevertheless, pursuing 100% renewable energy has never been more important, as we get closer to entering a time that scientists say will be the point of no return from irreversible climate damage. "But have no illusions", he added, "California and the rest of the world have miles to go before we achieve zero-carbon emissions".

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The announcement comes just days ahead of the Global Climate Action Summit. As MIT Technology Review previously reported, the state is, "acting as a test bed for what's technically achievable, providing a massive market for the rollout of clean-energy technologies and building a body of knowledge that other states and nations can leverage".

The state of California is the world's fifth largest economy, and in many cases, it already sets some of the most ambitious environmental goals on the continent, if not the planet. We have the power to create the future that our children deserve - but only if we replace fossil fuels with clean energy by the middle of this century.

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.

California is not the first government to promise that homes and businesses would be able to get all their electricity from sources that do not pollute the air and warm the atmosphere.

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