Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Solar panels recently installed in Los Angeles will help meet the state’s legislation for clean energy California has passed a law committing to exclusively carbon-free electricity sources by 2045, setting it against US President Donald Trump’s energy policy. “There is no understating the importance of this measure,” Governor Jerry…
California has passed a law committing to exclusively carbon-free electricity sources by 2045, setting it against US President Donald Trump’s energy policy.
“There is no understating the importance of this measure,” Governor Jerry Brown said, and vowed to honour the 2015 Paris climate deal.
Last year Mr Trump said he would pull the US out of the deal and negotiate a new “fair” deal for US businesses.
California is the second US state after Hawaii to commit to carbon-free energy.
Were it to be an independent country, California would have the fifth largest economy in the world, trailing only Germany, Japan, China and the US.
At a signing ceremony in the state capital Sacramento, Mr Brown vowed to meet the terms of the Paris agreement and to “continue down that path to transition our economy to zero carbon emissions”.
Politicians, business leaders and celebrities will attend, and sponsors include the UN, Facebook and Google.
The legislation also marks the latest conflict between California and President Trump, with the state repeatedly defying the administration’s policies on everything from energy to civil rights to immigration.
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