Governor Newsom recently directed the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to model a pathway to carbon neutrality by 2035, ten years ahead of the state’s current goal. He also directed the California Public Utilities Commision (CPUC) to establish a more ambitious emissions target for clean electricity by 2030.

This is a step in the right direction and we applaud him!

But the science and climate reality demand swifter, bolder action. California is feeling the devastating impacts of drought, extreme heat, and wildfires today. The state’s current goal of reaching carbon neutrality by 2045 is simply too late. Climate disasters compound inequality, with low-income communities and communities of color suffering the most from fossil fuel pollution and extreme heat. 

That’s why Governor Newsom’s announcement is so important. Accelerating climate action timelines isn’t just possible, it’s the only way to restore California’s leadership and pave the way for meaningful, equitable climate solutions. 

Tell Governor Newsom to direct CARB to assess pathways to net-negative emissions by 2030.