California Blueprint Looking to Forge ‘Oil-Free Future,’ Lead Nation in Climate Change Fight
California Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled his proposed 2022-2023 budget proposal to continue confronting the state’s “greatest existential threats” – the pandemic and climate change – while bolstering economic growth.
Specifically for energy, Newsom’s ambition under his California Blueprint is to create “an oil-free future” for California by reducing the state’s reliance on fossil fuels while preparing the economy for a “clean” energy future.
“California will write the playbook for how America confronts the impacts of climate change – investing billions in climate tech research and development, clean cars, preparing Californians for career opportunities, and further readying our infrastructure to withstand extreme weather,” the Blueprint noted.
Newsom in September 2020 signed an executive order calling for a ban by 2024 on all new hydraulic fracturing permits and require, by 2035, that all new in-state cars and passenger truck sales be zero-emission vehicles.
In September the governor signed into law Senate Bill 423 to accelerate the deployment of “firm zero-carbon resources” for electricity production. Two months later, the California Energy Commission approved $1.4 billion in funding to build out electric vehicle charging and hydrogen refueling infrastructure.
“With major new investments to tackle the greatest threats to our state’s future, the California Blueprint lights the path forward to continue the historic progress we’ve made on our short-term and long-term challenges, including responding to the evolving pandemic, fighting the climate crisis, taking on persistent inequality and homelessness, keeping our streets safe and more,” said Newsom.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled his proposed 2022-2023 budget proposal to continue confronting the state’s “greatest existential threats” – the
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