Oakland, CA — Today, the California Assembly voted to approve SB 100, which would move the state’s electrical grid to 100% clean energy power by no later than 2045. The vote comes less than two weeks before Californians will march through the streets of San Francisco on September 8th for the Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice mobilization, with hundreds of similar events planned worldwide. The bill must still go through the concurrence process in the California Senate and not be vetoed by the Governor in order to become law.
In response, 350.org Executive Director May Boeve made the following statement:
“This is a massive victory for Californians who’ve been demanding a swift transition to clean energy in the state. With wildfires intensifying and temperatures skyrocketing, the impacts of climate change across the Golden State are impossible to ignore. Just this week, the state’s own climate assessment revealed that climate change will be deadlier, more destructive, and costlier than previously thought. SB 100 is a critical first step toward addressing the worsening climate crisis, but to truly change course, we must end fossil fuel extraction. Next week, thousands of people will flood the streets of San Francisco and cities around the world to demand bold leadership ahead of the Global Climate Action Summit. Before then, Gov. Brown should step up and sign SB 100 — and then go even further by kickstarting the transition off of fossil fuels while protecting Californian’s lives and livelihoods.”
350 Bay Area legislative coordinator Kathy Dervin made the following statement:
“Californians across our diverse state overwhelmingly support 100% clean energy. In voting for SB 100 the Assembly has invested in a healthier state and future on behalf of their constituents. We still face many challenges in achieving a just transition from fossil fuels and protecting a stable climate. But 350 Bay Area recognizes the strong leadership of Sen. De Leon and legislators who stood up for this visionary bill today.”
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