California lays out final proposal for climate action plan, with vote next month


The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has laid out the policies and actions the state is proposing to drastically reduce its dependence on fossil fuels and get to carbon neutrality by 2045 or earlier.

The update follows Governor Newsom’s call for more aggressive climate measures and is unprecedented in scale and scope.

The roadmap for the world’s fourth-largest economy proposes a shift away from petroleum in every sector of the economy and a rapid transition to renewable energy resources and zero-emission vehicles. Under this proposal, by 2045 California would:

  • Cut greenhouse gas emissions by 85% below 1990 levels
  • 71% reduction in smog-forming air pollution
  • Reduce fossil fuel consumption (liquid petroleum) to less than one-tenth of what is used today – a 94% reduction in demand.
  • Create 4 million new jobs.
  • Save Californians $200 billion in health costs due to pollution in 2045

“California is drastically cutting our dependence on fossil fuels and cleaning our air – this plan is a comprehensive roadmap to achieve a pollution-free future,” said Governor Gavin Newsom. “If adopted, it’ll spur an economic transformation akin to the industrial revolution. California is protecting communities, creating jobs and accelerating our transition to clean energy.”

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