By Lauren Navarro, Senior Policy Manager at the Environmental Defense Fund, Originally published in The Sacramento Bee
When I tell people I work as a clean energy advocate in California, folks assume it must be simple to pass ambitious climate policy here, given all the visionaries and progressive leaders.
While we do have an impressive track record, California is really a conglomeration of various stakeholders with important interests. This can lead to stalemates, but if we focus on our common goals – such as a prosperous economy and a healthy environment for future generations – we can genuinely hear and respect each other.
As the state Legislature reconvened Wednesday, all eyes will be on Senate Bill 100. Authored by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, SB 100 would raise the state’s renewable energy target from 50 percent to 60 percent by 2030 and set a goal of 100 percent renewable and other clean energy by 2045.
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