California Gov. Newsom Signs Comprehensive Package of Green Energy Bills

California Governor Gavin Newsom recently signed a comprehensive set of bills into law to increase California’s dependence on renewable energy and lower carbon emissions. He claims the measures will advance the state’s position as a global leader in climate change. According to CBS News, the new legislation includes initiatives to decrease exposure to gas and oil pollution in communities of color, increase the number of clean energy businesses, and speed up the state’s transition to renewable energy sources.

One of the bills, intended to shield vulnerable populations from pollutants, prohibits drilling for new oil and gas wells within 3,200 feet of residences, schools, and other neighborhood locations. Co-author of the bill, State Sen. Lena Gonzalez, stated, “The reason why we do this, first and foremost, is because some of us are parents.”

Another bill signed by Newsom requires California to achieve carbon neutrality by 2045, meaning it will remove as much carbon from the atmosphere as it emits. Kassie Siegel of the Center for Biological Diversity Action Fund called the state’s expedited carbon reduction measures a “big win for California.” 

However, the oil industry has widely criticized Newsom’s climate plan, arguing it would hurt a sector that still employs thousands of people in the state, as California is the seventh-largest oil-producing state in the country.

 

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