The fight against global warming
As of this moment, energy fathered from renewable sources amounts to 13 percent of all U.S. electricity, according to City Lab. For California, in Governor Jerry Brown’s 2015 State of the State address, he set three significant goals to work on in regards to renewable energy for the next 15 years. Inside Climate News reports that the first newly adopted projection is increasing renewable energy sources from one-third to 50 percent. The second is to lower petroleum utilization for vehicles by around 50 percent, while the third goal is to double the current efficiency of buildings and have cleaner heating fuels.
All of these missions are derived from a need to forestall the disasters predicted by climate scientists regarding global warming, should global greenhouse gas not change by 2050. Amazingly, California has established itself as a world leader in this fight against climate change through its rigorous programs and legislation to combat this problem.
All of the California’s current figures are up since the Assembly Bill 32 in 2006, which was voted into law to curb gas emissions to 1990s levels by 2020. With this deadline quickly approaching, state political leaders are confident in their ability to meet this goal. The current goal is now to lower these numbers by between 26 to 38 percent of the levels in 1990 by 2030 and to 80 percent by 2050.
“On greenhouse gas emissions, California has always been an A student,” said Ashley Lawson, a senior carbon analyst at Thomson Reuters. “So to perform any better, you have to work really, really hard to go from an A to an A plus.”
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