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California releases plan to achieve net zero carbon pollution

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Posted at 12:01 PM, Nov 16, 2022
and last updated 2022-11-16 22:51:55-05

On Wednesday, November 16, the California Air Resources Board released its updated proposal to implement the most ambitious climate action of any jurisdiction in the world.

According to Gov. Gavin Newsom's press office, no economy in the world has put forth such a comprehensive roadmap to reach carbon neutrality.

This updated plan follows Newsom’s push to move faster to achieve new, ambitious climate goals, setting new targets for renewable energy, clean buildings, carbon removal, and clean fuels in the transportation sector.

If adopted by the California Air Resources Board, this plan will be a critical component of Newsom’s California climate commitment to build out a 100% clean energy grid, achieve carbon neutrality by 2045, ramp up carbon removal and sequestration, protect Californians from harmful oil drilling, and invest $54 billion to forge an oil-free future while building sustainable communities throughout the state.

The governor's press office says the updated plan would achieve carbon neutrality by 2045, in addition to:

  • Cutting air pollution by 71%
  • Slashing greenhouse gas emissions 85% by 2045
  • That includes a 48% reduction of greenhouse gasses by 2030, surpassing the statutory mandate to reduce emissions 40% below 1990 levels in 2030
  • Reducing fossil fuel consumption to less than one-tenth of what we use today, a 94% drop in demand for oil and 86% drop in demand for all fossil fuels
  • Creating 4 million new jobs
  • Saving Californians $200 billion in health costs due to pollution

For more information on the updated proposal, click here.