California Announces Nation’s Most Ambitious Climate Goals

May 5, 2015

Ben & Jerry's - California Climate Change Reduction

New Climate Reduction Goals

California’s Governor Jerry Brown, who is already a champion on the issue of climate change, has announced new ambitious climate goals for his state, the world’s 8th largest economy. With an announcement yesterday, he has committed California to a 40% greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction by 2030, based on 1990 levels.

This raises the bar and builds upon the commitment Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger made to reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions by 20% below 1990 levels by 2020. The state is on track to meet and even exceed that goal. Governor Brown’s new targets makes California’s plan the most aggressive in the nation.

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Solidifying California’s place as a leader on the issue of climate change is more than just a claim to fame. With the state in the midst of a four year drought, and its first ever water reduction program in place, the timing for acting on this issue is no coincidence. The Governor has acknowledged the impact climate change is having on the state, saying earlier in the year, “I can tell you, from California, climate change is not a hoax.”

California’s Plan to Combat Climate Change

Signing the state on for even stricter reduction goals is part of a broader effort which is already in motion, and being spearheaded by Senate President Pro Temper Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), Senator Fran Pavley, and other CA policy makers.

Four bills have been proposed that aim to address GHG emission reductions, grow jobs in the advanced energy sector, spur on divestment from fossil fuels and ramp up renewable energy use. Using these bills as framework for achieving this landmark GHG reduction plan, California will lead the way nationally, and even globally, on this critical issue.

The Challenge

California isn’t slowing down when it comes to showing true leadership in addressing climate change. Their commitment and actions will challenge other states, and even nations, to take the necessary steps to avoid climate disaster leading up to the Paris Climate Summit in December.