STATEMENT: California’s new climate pollution plan accelerates path to 100% clean energy

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California Air Resources Board’s new Scoping Plan includes a 48% reduction of greenhouse gasses by 2030

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Air Resources Board (CARB) issued an updated proposal on Wednesday that, if finalized, will take important steps to move the world’s expected-to-be fourth largest economy on an accelerated path to 100% renewable energy.

The updated plan includes a 48% reduction of greenhouse gasses by 2030, surpassing the statutory mandate to reduce emissions 40% below 1990 levels in 2030. The plan also includes: no new fossil gas capacity in the electricity sector; reducing the electricity sector’s greenhouse gas emissions by 30 million metric tons by 2030; at least 20 GW offshore wind capacity built by 2045; 3 million climate-friendly homes by 2030 and 7 million by 2035; and 6 million heat pumps deployed by 2030.

To achieve a carbon neutral goal by 2045, however, the plan expands reliance on carbon capture, which many environmental groups criticize as expensive, unproven technology that risks extending the life of fossil fuel plants.

CARB will vote on the updated Scoping Plan, which includes guidance from Gov. Gavin Newsom, at its December 15-16 meeting.

In response, Environment California State Director Laura Deehan released the following statement: 

“At a time when California is facing severe wildfires, droughts and other extreme weather-related disasters, our state’s leadership on addressing climate change – as we’re poised to become the world’s fourth largest economy – is important now more than ever. CARB’s new plan for global warming pollution reduction takes critical steps to accelerate the path to 100% clean energy that will ensure a healthier, safer and cleaner future here in the Golden State and beyond.

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