California Regulators Approve Plan to Slash Emissions 85% by 2045
Bringing offshore wind power to the West Coast. Providing funding for 90,000 new EV chargers across the state. Approving a new solar policy that will make our grid more reliable and accelerate energy independence. Finalizing a plan to cut air pollution by more than 70%. And that’s all since last week.
“We are making history here in California, and today caps an amazing ten days for world-leading climate action,” said Governor Gavin Newsom. “California is leading the world’s most significant economic transformation since the Industrial Revolution – we’re cutting pollution, turning the page on fossil fuels and creating millions of new jobs.”
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On Thursday, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) approved an unprecedented plan to cut air pollution, shift away from fossil fuels, and ramp up clean energy production – leading the world with a comprehensive roadmap to achieve net zero pollution. The Scoping Plan will:
- Cut air pollution by 71%;
- Slash greenhouse gas emissions 85% by 2045;
- That includes a 48% reduction of greenhouse gasses by 2030, surpassing the statutory mandate to reduce emissions to at least 40% below 1990 levels in 2030;
- Reduce 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;
- Create 4 million new jobs;
- Save Californians $200 billion in health costs due to pollution.