Target: California Governor Jerry Brown
Goal: Ensure that half of all energy in California comes from clean sources by 2030.
Half of all energy used by the most populous state in the nation could come from clean, renewable sources in as soon as 15 years if a new bill proposed in California becomes law. This would be a huge win for our clean energy future. Demand that this progressive bill become law as soon as possible.
California is already known for its relatively progressive energy policies. Under its current laws, the state’s utility providers must make a third of their energy by using renewable sources by 2020, with the larger goal of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions to 80 percent under 1990 levels by 2050.
What the state’s legislature is discussing seeks to take those rates and accelerate the entire timeline. Called the Clean Energy and Reduction Act, it would require the state’s energy producers to create 50 percent of their energy through clean renewable sources by 2030, and mandate that all buildings in the state increase their energy efficiency by 50 percent by the same year.
The luxury of time is not something we can afford when it comes to the fight against climate change, and this bill recognizes that urgency. Sign the petition below to urge California Governor Jerry Brown to pass this act into law as soon as possible so that California can go green as quickly as possible.
Dear Governor Brown,
I am writing you today regarding the Clean Energy and Reduction Act. This is a necessary bill that will do your state good and set an example that other states can follow in how to proactively and aggressively deal with climate change.
The drought your state is weathering, as well as its many wildfires, is a testament to the severity of climate change. In the face of such a drastic change in our global climate and local environments, we cannot afford to sit back and leisurely reduce our greenhouse gas emissions at a pace that’s convenient for us.
Your state has recognized this in the past and acted accordingly, but the Clean Energy and Reduction Act extends that ethic even further. With it, California would get a whole 50 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2030, and in that same amount of time every building in the state would be required to increase its energy efficiency by at least 50 percent.
This bill represents drastic action for a drastic problem, and California, as well as the world in general, deserves nothing less. I urge you to sign the Clean Energy and Reduction Act into law as soon as it arrives on your desk so that we have the best chance to reduce the impact of global warming as possible.
[Your Name Here]
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