Governor Gavin Newsom wants to accelerate key climate goals

California Gov. Gavin Newsom delivers the annual State of the State address in Sacramento, California, Tuesday, March 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

California Governor Gavin Newsom wants to speed up the state’s transition to carbon-free electricity and speed up the timeline for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Those are among the proposals the Democratic governor has brought to lawmakers as they work to figure out how to spend the $19.3 billion set aside for climate change in the state budget.

He also wants to establish permitting policies for projects that would remove carbon dioxide from the air and enact the state’s goal of carbon neutrality by 2045, as well as a ban on new oil wells within 3,200 feet of homes and schools.

“The ambition of California’s climate goals must match the urgency and scale of the climate crisis,” the Newsom administration wrote in a document distributed to state lawmakers that was obtained by The Associated Press and The Desert Sun. “Increasing ambition in the near term supports the unprecedented pace of transformation needed this decade to create the clean energy systems of tomorrow.”

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