Climate change is a real danger to the Californians and to the world. To cement the state’s reputation as an international leader fighting climate change, Governor Jerry Brown signed two measures designed to push the entire state to operate on 100% renewable electricity by 2045.
Senate Bill 100 elevates California’s already ambitious objectives for creating electricity from solar, wind and other sustainable sources. The goal here is to lessen greenhouse gas emissions, and make sure that they can be absorbed by oceans, soil, forests and other natural systems.
Brown signed this bill in the company of legislative and environmental leaders. Moreover, he issued an executive order pushing California to lessen its net output for gases into the atmosphere.
Meeting the 100% carbon-neutral objective in just 27 years and becoming “net negative” on carbon provides California its most ambitious targets. According to brown, this measure is so important. He said that they will meet the Paris climate agreement. They will transition their economy to zero carbon emissions – a sustainability goal that science tells them they should achieve.
These actions were designed to be an extreme opening gesture by the governor. It happened just before he hosted a meeting of international leaders about the matter in San Francisco.
The Global Climate Action Summit will bring over 5,000 environmentalists, business executives and government authorities. These people can play important roles in preventing the worst effects of rising global temperatures.
Brown’s action in this week’s summit is expected to be a lot more intense since President Donald Trump decided to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord. In that agreement, countries pledged to take crucial steps to prevent temperature increase, that is over 2 degrees Celsius.
Any temperature increase of over 2 degrees can set off more severe droughts, storms, floods and wildfires. While many of those disasters have already been connected to global warming, higher temperatures may result in even more catastrophic outcomes, including starvation and pandemics.
In truth, California is not the first ever government to pledge that businesses and homes would be able to get electricity from sources that don’t warm the temperature and pollute the air. Gov. David Ige just signed a similar bill back in June, strengthening the state’s commitment to produce 100% of its power from renewable energy resources by the year 2045.
Furthermore, some British towns and cities promised earlier this year to reach the 100% green power goal by 2050.