Democrats in California's Senate doubled down on the state's commitment to reducing dependence on fossil fuels, painting their move in contrast to Donald Trump's potential withdrawal of the United States from the Paris climate accord.
The Senate on Wednesday voted to set a goal of getting all of the state's power from renewable energy sources by the year 2045. The aspirational target in SB 100 builds on the existing mandate that half of the electricity produced in the state come from clean sources by 2030.
“At the time reaching a 50 percent renewable portfolio standard was an ambitious but attainable target," said Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, who wrote the bill. "But knowing what we know today, we clearly aimed too low."
Republicans voted against the measure, arguing that the private sector should lead the push to help California reach its greenhouse-gas reduction goals.