Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Sci-tech | By Eric Barnett

California aims to get all electricity from clean sources

California aims to get all electricity from clean sources

Kevin de León (D), sets a 100 percent clean electricity goal for the state by 2045. Jerry Brown on Monday.

Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill on September 10, that sets a goal of 100 percent clean electricity for California by 2045. The policies - including electric vehicle incentives, a "cap and trade" program to put a price on carbon emissions, and renewable energy mandates - have helped the state reduce emissions to the same level as 1990.

The order directs several state agencies to set targets for artificially removing carbon dioxide from the air through a process known as "sequestration".

Brown's action comes as thousands of scientists, political leaders, celebrities and others are arriving in San Francisco this week for the "Global Climate Action Summit", a meeting at the Moscone Center that is spearheaded by Brown and United Nations officials.

The renewable energy measure would require California's utilities to generate 60 percent of their energy from wind, solar and other specific renewable sources by 2030. In a poll in July by the Public Policy Institute of California, a non-partisan research organization, 67 percent of likely voters said they favored the 100 percent clean energy measure, and 21 percent opposed it.

"We all have the opportunity and the obligation to do our part to combat climate change", he told AFP hours after signing the bill into law.

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Not only does he need to win big, but his lieutenant governor, Kathy Hochul, is facing a tight race. While he seldom mentions her name, Cuomo has taken her seriously as a political threat.

"If we do not change course by 2020, we risk missing the point where we can avoid runaway climate change", UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a speech Monday, warning of a "dark and risky future".

California follows the example set by Hawaii, which set the same 2045 goal in 2015. "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".

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. "But it must be done", Brown said.

California has established an ambitious goal of relying entirely on renewable energy for its electricity by the year 2045.

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.

The bill passed the state Assembly by a vote of 44-33 and the state Senate 25-13 late last month. "California is showing the world that a transition to 100 percent clean energy is within reach and it will continue to drive the transition away from fossil fuels - and it is doing this while the federal government abandons clean energy".

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