Solar is now the cheapest form of electricity generation. This is good news, considering that fossil fuel pollution is a public health crisis across the state. At the same time, climate impacts are hitting harder and faster with an unprecedented fire and smoke season, and in other parts of the country an unprecedented hurricane season.
Almost 43% of California’s electricity still comes from natural gas, a fossil fuel. Methane, the primary component of natural gas, is a climate-heating gas that is 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
A 2015 blowout at the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility in Southern California led to the largest-known human-caused release of methane in U.S. history. The blowout wasn’t just a problem for the global climate. Now, a UCLA study of air quality samples collected near the facility shows elevated levels of pollutants known or suspected to be associated with serious local health problems.
It’s time to be responsible and commit the State of California to 100% clean electricity by 2030. In fact, Environment California recently called on Governor Newsom to do just that.
The science is clear, as are the solutions, which are also now the least expensive.
Urge your California legislators to commit to 100% clean electricity by 2030 for a climate-safe future.