California Lawmakers Advance Bill Requiring 100% Clean Energy by 2045

Craig Powell and Edwin Neal install solar panels on the roof of a home on Feb. 26, 2015 in San Rafael, California. (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Craig Powell and Edwin Neal install solar panels on the roof of a home on Feb. 26, 2015 in San Rafael, California. (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

California would set some of the nation’s strongest clean energy goals under legislation that cleared a key vote in the Assembly on Tuesday, bringing the state a step closer to ending its reliance on fossil fuels by phasing out their use to generate electricity.

The bill, which would require California to obtain 100% of its power from renewable sources by 2045, has been debated by lawmakers for nearly two years as it faced cost and feasibility concerns. Earlier in the week, high-profile state and national politicians gave the cause a push by arguing the plan would strengthen California’s leadership on the environment.

Lawmakers supporting the bill said it was important that the state continue its pioneering efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions. A new state report released this week warned that California will face higher temperatures, more wildfires and sea-level rise in the coming decades due to climate change.

“The damage will continue to be done as long as we refuse to act,” Assemblyman Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) said. “There are no more tomorrows left.”

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