Thursday, 20 September, 2018

California Wants to Drop Fossil Fuels For Electricity By 2045

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Frank Williams | 13 September, 2018, 20:58

Mr. Brown signed the measure over the objections of the state's utility and agricultural sectors, including the Agricultural Council of California, Pacific Gas and Electric, San Diego Gas and Electric, and the Western States Petroleum Association. Brown is co-chairing the massive environmental summit, situated midway between Paris 2015 and 2020, that offers a forum where business executives, state and local government officials, and United Nations leaders including Michael Bloomberg and Indian billionaire entrepreneur Anand Mahindra will convene to address the most pressing climate change issues.

"This bill and the executive order put California on a path to meet the goals of Paris and beyond", Brown said.

The legislation also marks the latest conflict between California and President Trump, with the state repeatedly defying the administration's policies on everything from energy to civil rights to immigration.

The goal would require replacing carbon-producing fuels such as coal and gasoline with renewable energy such as wind, solar, geothermal and hydroelectric power.

ROMERO: California is now the second state to make a pledge like this.

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As the Trump administration rolls back federal efforts to combat climate change, California has actively pursued a leading role in the worldwide fight against global warming. It's working toward a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent over the next 12 years. ESNA connects utilities, developers, energy users, policy makers and other key stakeholders from around the world to advance understanding and deployment of energy storage, and ultimately build a cleaner, more affordable and more resilient grid.

Consumer Watchdog and Food & Water Watch say they'll air a television ad in which a young girl calls on Brown to shut down oil rigs.

Environment America affiliate Environment California played a key role in driving the bill through both houses of the state legislature, and to the governor's desk. Another 9 percent comes from nuclear plants. "It may take one or two years, but we're going to get there".

KEVIN DE LEON: Today we're setting a marker that will be remembered by future generations. Carbon neutrality refers to achieving net zero carbon emissions by balancing a measured amount of carbon released with an equivalent amount sequestered or offset, or buying enough carbon credits to make up the difference.

While California has been a leader on reducing the amount of electricity it gets from burning fossil fuels, the state has struggled to be as forward-leaning in reducing the greenhouse gas pollution spewed from cars and trucks. Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, D-San Diego, left, who carried the bill in the Assembly, watches.

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