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California to be carbon neutral by 2045

California to be carbon neutral by 2045”

And even those standards are now in danger, thanks to a Trump action last month that aims to rescind the power of California and other states to set stricter fuel-mileage targets.

California has almost 54,000 active wells, some of them close to urbanized areas in Southern California and the Central Valley, according to state data.

In a signing message for SB 100, Brown said the bill "sends a clear signal to markets to expand clean energy generation".

The nation's largest state now gets just over one-third of its energy from wind, solar or geothermal power, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

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.

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.

After President Donald Trump made his intentions to support the oil and gas industries clear and pulled out of the Paris Agreement on climate change in June 2017, Brown volunteered as an unofficial ambassador overseas on climate change issues. "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". It's merely a goal, with no mandate or penalty for falling short. More broadly, California has set ambitious goals to slash greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030, compared to 1990 levels.

Here's what we know about this new era for California. "While some are talking about climate solutions and green jobs, California leaders like Senator Kevin de León are making solutions real". After that, he says the state should emit net negative greenhouse gas emissions. The state is looking at natural carbon "sequestration" by improving wetlands, meadows and forests.

California is the most populous state to agree to such aggressive decarbonization and only the second state to formalize such a pledge in legislation, after Hawaii.

Calif., Gov. Jerry Brown, left, walks to a news conference where he signed SB100 an environmental bill authored by state Sen.

As of 2017, the a year ago for which complete data is available, the state got 44 percent of its electricity from renewable sources, including 15 percent from large hydroelectric projects, just over 10 percent from solar, and 9 percent from wind power.

Brown signed Senate Bill 100, The 100 Percent Clean Energy Act of 2018, on Monday.



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