Governor signs bill to reduce emissions to zero by 2045


California Governor Jerry Brown signed on Monday a bill and executive order to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the state. Photo courtesy of Wiki Commons

Climate leaders descended on San Francisco for this week’s Global Climate Action Summit days after Gov. Jerry Brown signed an executive order and Senate Bill 100 requiring California to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2045, as well as generate 100 percent of its electricity from clean, carbon-neutral energy sources, also by 2045.

“Whether you live in wildfire-ravaged California, in the path of hurricanes, or in the melting Arctic, you can see and feel that there’s no time to waste,” said Environment California’s State Director Dan Jacobson, a key driver of the bill, in a press release. “We must stop burning virtually all fossil fuels by midcentury to preserve a recognizable world for future generations.”

The new bill, signed on Monday, sets goals of 50 percent clean energy by 2026, 60 percent by 2030, and 100 percent by 2045.

“This bill shows once again that California’s environmental exceptionalism is leading the way for the nation and the world,” said Assemblywoman Gonzalez Fletcher, a co-author of the bill. “Today, we made history.”

The executive order will require the California Air Resources Board to work with state agencies in developing measures that would meet carbon neutrality. The board has already been on track to meeting goals in a year-old environmental plan, which was detailed in its document, 2017 Climate Change Scoping Plan.

The plan is a package of economically viable and technologically feasible actions to not just keep California on track to achieve its 2030 target, but stay on track for a low-to-zero-carbon economy by involving every part of the state,” the document stated. Every sector, every local government, every region, every resident is part of the solution.