New power source in fight to stall climate change; California’s 100% clean electricity bill signed into law

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California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the landmark Senate Bill 100 (SB 100) today, setting the Golden State on a path to generate 100 percent of its electricity from renewable and zero-carbon sources such as solar and wind by 2045.

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. Environment America’s Chairman Doug Phelps released the following statement:

“This action by the world’s fifth-largest economy reaches well beyond state borders. Given the pending U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, subnational action is crucial. And on the eve of the Global Climate Summit, California is lighting a path for decision makers from around the world.”

“Every day, we see clear signs of a changed planet — from wildfires scorching the West, to record-high temperatures in the East, to rapidly changing oceans. We have the power to create the future that our children deserve — but only if we replace fossil fuels with clean energy by the middle of this century. California and Governor Brown are responding to the crisis and opportunity of our time. The rest of the world needs to step up and do the same.”