California Just Took a Huge Leap in the Fight Against Climate Change
September 10, 2016 by
A decade ago, California promised to dramatically slash greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. Even though the state is on target to meet that goal, governor Jerry Brown chartered a new goal by signing legislation on Thursday, establishing one of the most ambitious carbon reduction goals in the world.
The bill, SB 32, effective January 1, 2017, requires that California reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to at least 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. This new bill will have massive implications for the state’s economy and for its efforts to combat climate change.
It will “keep California on the move to clean up the environment,” Brown said in a Los Angeles park before signing a pair of bills that survived heavy opposition from the oil industry, business groups, and Republicans.
California is already on track to meet its 2020 climate goal by restricting the carbon content of gasoline and diesel fuel, imposing a tax on pollution, and encouraging the sales of zero-emission vehicles.
The state has become a role model to the rest of the U.S. and other countries by proving that you can cut greenhouse gases and still achieve impressive economic growth.
The Fight Against Climate Change
In the battle against climate change, this year has clearly been an enormous one for California. The state is leading the country in renewable energy, it banned styrofoam and other disposables like plastic bags, and now – the state is working harder than ever to dramatically cut carbon pollution by 2030.
But California isn’t the only state that’s battling climate change. Other states and countries are also powering towards a low-carbon future. In 2015, Sweden vowed to be one of the world’s first fossil-free welfare nations with a system based on 100 percent renewable energy. And just recently, Costa Rica announced that it has been running on renewable energy for two months straight.
Now that the majority of people have come to accept that “climate change is real,” it’s inspiring to see so many nations stepping up to fight against it.