Submission: California assembly members must promote clean energy, support SB 100

As the heat wave making its way through California intensifies, leading to power outages and heightened risks of wildfires, we’re reminded of the dangers of climate change and the need to transition away from fossil fuels.

California has the biggest opportunity in decades to make this shift. Right now, a bill to ensure that California generates 100 percent of its electricity from clean energy sources by 2045 is moving through the state legislature. I urge Assemblyman Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, who represents the UCLA community in the California Legislature, to vote yes for a clean-energy future.

With the federal government rolling back national environmental regulations, it is imperative California steps up as the nation’s leader in sustainability policies. Climate change threatens to cause food shortages from droughts, coastal flooding from increased sea levels and severe damages to communities from increasingly devastating natural disasters. We must do everything in our power to prevent this fate.

Senate Bill 100 does this. The bill accelerates California’s current renewable energy goal of 50 percent by 2030 to 50 percent by 2026 and 60 percent by 2030. It adds a goal of 100 percent clean, zero-carbon, renewable electricity by 2045. The bill also requires that a joint committee write reports every 2 years, starting in 2019, explaining the progress of and barriers to our renewable energy goals.

A local push for this legislation has already started. In the spring, the California Public Interest Research Group students ran their pledge drive around the bill, generating petitions and monetary resources in support of SB 100. They have been gathering student leader signatures across the state to build support, as well as working in a large coalition of environmental organizations to put constant pressure on our lawmakers to support the legislation. In addition, the Los Angeles City Council also officially came out in support of this bill through a resolution

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