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Is California’s Carbon-Free Energy Plan Aggressive Enough?
Friday, September 18, 2020
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Much of California is choking under a blanket of smoke and ash from deadly wildfires that have blackened miles of backcountry up and down the Golden State.
The dire conditions have caused environmental groups to re-think the current plan to have the state use entirely carbon-free energy by 2045. That's not good enough, say groups such as Environment California. They say we should be aiming for 2030.
SB 100, signed by then-Gov. Jerry Brown in 2018, commits the state to getting 100% of its energy from carbon-free sources in 15 years.
Moving the time frame forward will mean solving problems with reliance on solar and wind power even sooner. Both those renewable sources of energy are intermittent and must be stored or supplemented by carbon-free sources of energy, like hydro-electric dams and even nuclear, an unlikely power source for California
Rob Nikoleski, energy writer for The San Diego Union-Tribune, joins Midday Edition on Friday to discuss what it would take to change California's energy plan and who currently opposes such change.
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