Success! California Will Have 100% Clean Energy by 2045

In 2015, the California legislature was already ahead of the game when it passed SB350, with the goal of 50 percent clean energy in the state by 2030.

A new bill, SB100, moved that goal forward by requiring 50 percent clean energy by 2026 and requiring that 100 percent of the state’s electricity come from renewable energy by 2045. 

When California Mothers Out Front realized that one holdout against signing SB100 was Assemblyman Evan Low, Co-Chair of the Legislative Technology & Innovation Caucus, they created a Care2 petition, asking him to support the bill. 

Here’s what they wrote on the petition:

“As devastating wildfires sweep across our state, fueled by climate-driven drought, extreme heat and high winds, the need for action on climate change has never been more urgent. We need to accelerate our transition to 100% clean energy ASAP.”

SB100 had been under debate for almost two years, facing concerns around cost and feasibility. It passed easily in the Senate in 2017 but ran into roadblocks in the Assembly where Big Oil and Big Coal influencers prevented its progress.

Success! 

Finally, after Low and a few others agreed to add their support, SB100 passed the California Assembly by a vote of 43 to 32 on August 28, 2018.

Congratulations to California Mothers Out Front and thank you to over 26,000 Care2 members who signed the petition, pressuring Evan Low to vote “yes” on SB100.

After passing the state Assembly, the bill headed back to the Senate where it passed again, and then was sent on to Governor Jerry Brown. 

On September 10, Brown signed SB100 into law, setting the world’s fifth largest economy on the road to 100 percent renewable energy by 2045. This means moving the state away from dirty fuels like oil and methane gas and toward clean, carbon-free and renewable sources of energy like solar, wind and geothermal.

California is actually the second U.S. state to commit to clean energy. In 2015 Hawaii set the same target: to be using only renewable sources of energy by 2045. But the passage of SB100 will have a much bigger impact, given the size of the state of California and its economy.

As Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune stated:

“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.

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.”

In signing the bill, Governor Brown’s words were much more forceful. The bill “is sending a message to California and the world that we are going to meet the Paris agreement and we are going to continue down that path to transition our economy,” he told reporters, referring to the climate change agreement agreed by every country in the world, but from which Trump withdrew the U.S. last year.

“Trump has made himself an outlaw on the matter of climate change,” Brown told Politico. “And since climate change is [an} existential threat, I would say that doing what he’s doing to undermine efforts that will save lives and prevent catastrophe in California, for America and the world, is about as reprehensible as any act that any American president has ever been guilty of.”

In creating their Care2 petition, California Mothers Out Front made a huge contribution towards the passage of SB100 and the future safety of the people of California.

A big shout-out to these women and to the Care2 activists who signed their petition.

If you’re inspired by their success, why not join the Care2 community and create a petition on an issue that’s important to you? Check out these guidelines and soon you’ll find Care2 members signing up to support you.

 

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Helene Labout a month ago

Rare to see an honest and ethical politician these days. Kudos to Brown and California.

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Chad Anderson
Chad Aabout a month ago

The solar industry employs more than five times as many workers as coal in the US and will employ more as we convert. Clean energy is necessary for the climate, for the environment, and is good economics, too.

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Chad Anderson
Chad Aabout a month ago

The entire US needs this, and fast.

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Marija M
Marija M1 months ago

Respect California

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Danuta W1 months ago

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Tania N1 months ago

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