Sacramento, Calif. ( Associated Press) — California air regulators are likely to hear a flurry of criticism Thursday over plans to reduce fossil fuel use and achieve carbon neutrality by 2045, a proposal that calls for a sea change in the way state powers It will require a large scale economy in the face of climate change.
It will be the California Air Resources Board’s first public discussion this year on the blueprint, which is updated every five years and outlines a roadmap for the state to meet its climate goals. The 2045 target is one of the most ambitious in the country, but the proposal has many critics beyond the oil industry. Even environmental advocates say the plan does little to rapidly reduce pollution emissions.
California is often referred to as a leader in US climate policy and has enacted some of the most aggressive rules for regulating vehicle emissions. Its 2045 carbon neutrality target is matched nationally only by Hawaii, and follows targets set by other major economies such as Germany.
Achieving carbon neutrality means that the state must remove the same amount of carbon from the air as it emits. This will happen through a combination of using technology to reduce the use of fossil fuels and remove the remaining emissions from the air. The board estimates that this could reduce the demand for oil in the economy and the use of fossil natural gas in buildings by 91% by 2045.
To do so would require 30 times more electric vehicles on the road, six times more appliances in homes, four times more wind and solar output, and 60 times more hydrogen than there are today.
Environmental groups say California’s plan does not require substantial emissions cuts, relies heavily on unproven, energy-intensive carbon removal techniques, and does not focus on whether the state meets its emissions targets. ready to complete or not. Most important emissions by 2030.