From Inside Climate News (Marianne Lavelle):
It’s a bold move in a state that’s already seeing the devastation that comes with climate change, including heat waves, droughts, wildfires and sea level rise.
California solidified its role as a world leader on climate action as Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation on Monday to shift the state to 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2045.
The legislation is one of the crowning environmental achievements of Brown’s administration, which ends in January, and comes on the cusp of a Global Climate Action Summit that he is hosting in San Francisco beginning Sept.12.
In a summer when California has been fighting record wildfires while facing off against the Trump administration’s attempts to rollback climate policies, the state’s Democratic-controlled legislature sought to double down on its commitment to shift away from fossil fuels. Last year’s attempt to pass the legislation fell short. This year, it made it.
“After a grueling year it has finally passed,” state Sen. Kevin de León, the Los Angeles Democrat who sponsored the measure, wrote on Twitter on Aug. 28 after the Assembly voted. De León, who is challenging fellow Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein for her U.S. Senate seat in November, was in the Assembly chamber to help round up the final votes.
“Our state will remain a climate change leader,” he said.