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California Lawmakers Pass Bill Phasing Out Fossil Fuels by 2045

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Newberry Solar 1 in Newberry Springs east of Barstow is one of the first small-scale solar farms to be constructed in unincorporated San Bernardino County.  (Photo: Steven Cuevas/KQED)

California lawmakers passed a bill that would require 100 percent of the state’s energy to come from carbon-free sources. The proposal would set a goal of phasing out all fossil fuels by 2045 but does not include a mandate or penalty. Supporters say the measure would help address climate change and boost California’s clean energy economy. Critics say the bill is unrealistic and would saddle families and businesses with higher energy bills. The measure now heads to the governor’s desk.


Dan Kammen, professor of energy, UC Berkeley; director, Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory at UC Berkeley

Dorothy Rothrock, president, California Manufacturers and Technology Association

Lauren Sommer, science and environment reporter, KQED


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