- California has set a goal of phasing out fossil fuels from the state's electricity sector by 2045 under legislation signed Monday by Gov. "But it must be done", said Governor Brown.
The bill received strong support from environmental activists, renewable energy companies and public health groups.
In addition to that target, the legislation establishes benchmarks, requiring energy service providers to generate 50 percent of power from renewable resources by 2026 and 60 percent by 2030. "This bill, and others I will sign this week, help us go in that direction". "California has been doing stuff that the rest of the world is hoping to get to one day".
Jerry Brown is aiming for the state to be carbon-neutral by 2045. Against the indifference of an entrenched global leadership, these delegates are demanding action now. "Planning needs to start now to allow a smooth transition to a 100% clean electricity system, avoiding stranded investments and driving better outcomes for families and businesses across California". Governor Brown also upped the ante by setting a new statewide target to achieve zero net emissions by 2045.
"I am calling on all leaders to come to next year's Climate Summit prepared to report not only on what they are doing, but what more they intend to do when they convene in 2020 for the United Nations climate conference and where commitments will be renewed and surely ambitiously increased", Guterres said in a speech on climate action here Monday.
"It's impossible to overstate how significant it is for a state as large and influential as California to commit to 100 percent clean energy", the Sierra Club said in a statement. California is the second state to pledge to make their energy carbon-free, the first being Hawaii.
"Good organizing pays off!" crowed Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org. "While some are talking about climate solutions and green jobs, California leaders like Senator Kevin de León are making solutions real".