CALIFORNIA DREAMIN': Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Law BANNING Fossil Fuels by 2045

Washington DC. Gov. Brown participated in a National Press Club Newsmaker Program to answer questions from members of the media. (Pho

Kevin de León (D), sets a 100 percent clean electricity goal for the state by 2045. Jerry Brown front center, Monday, Sept. 10, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif.

Brown's remarks came Monday during an interview with The Associated Press after he signed the bill setting a goal of generating all California electricity from clean sources by 2045.

"Continuing to drill and frack for oil and gas is not only counterproductive to efforts to meaningfully address climate change - it also poisons frontline communities, including the many people who work for the fossil fuel industry", Greenpeace said in a statement.

The law makes California the largest global economy to commit to 100 percent clean energy. In addition, the order sets a goal of maintaining "net negative emissions" beyond 2045, which means using plants or technology to draw carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, and reuse or store it some manner (see "Maybe we can afford to suck CO2 out of the sky after all").

This leaves the door open to carbon-neutral power generated by nuclear reactors, geothermal sources or even natural gas, if CO2 emissions are converted into fuel or syphoned off into secure storage underground, a technology known as carbon capture and storage.

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Under the newly signed bill, the state's RPS will be updated to require 50 percent renewables by 2026, increasing to 60 percent renewables by 2030.

As Mexico, Canada, and other USA states seek to lower emissions, North America will continue to be one of the largest energy storage markets in the world for many years.

"Today California sends an unmistakable message to the nation and the world, regardless of who occupies the White House, that California will always lead on climate change", said Democratic state Sen.

"It's not going to be easy and will not be immediate, but it must be done", Brown said.

Experts say that while a goal of having 100% renewable energy by 2050 is an important one to strive for, there is some concern as to whether it is attainable.

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The announcement comes just days ahead of the Global Climate Action Summit.

Opponents also noted that transportation - mostly gasoline and diesel fuel burned by cars and trucks - generates 41 percent of the state's greenhouse gas emissions, more than double the 16 percent that power plants produce.

California ranked sixth among states in crude oil production in May, the latest data available from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

"If we do not change course by 2020, we risk missing the point where we can avoid runaway climate change", UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a speech Monday, warning of a "dark and risky future". "Planning needs to start now to allow a smooth transition to a 100% clean electricity system, avoiding stranded investments and driving better outcomes for families and businesses across California".

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