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“Going Green” Not Going Very Fast In CA

Solar panels, outside, with sunshine and puffy clouds above. Photo from Alpha Media Portland OR
Solar panels, outside, with sunshine and puffy clouds above. Photo from Alpha Media Portland OR

California’s effort to ‘go green’ has left state officials a bit red in the face.

Seems all the talk about reducing emissions,  ditching fossil fuels and creating a state which relies on clean energy provided by Mother Nature, have fallen far short of goals….so far.

The 13th Annual California Green Innovation Index from the non-profit think tank Next 10, and  Beacon Economics shows greenhouse gas emissions in California went down 1.6% in 2018-19.

But in order to cut emissions 40% below 1990 levels and get that done in the next 8 years, the state must reach an annual drop of 4.3%.

The Index points out people around the state are using too much natural gas to warm and cool buildings, are still choosing gas-powered vehicles over electric vehicles, and are still living in areas prone to wildfires.

The Index shows California is doing a good job of encouraging job creation in the clean energy sector, mostly solar, with 124-thousand people working in that area in 2019.

That is more than one-third of the total number of clean energy jobs across the country.

Statewide, electricity generation from wind, solar, geothermal, biomass and hydroelectric made up 45.3% of the state’s power mix in 2020 —a slight decrease from 46.3% in 2019. 

California is pushing for 50% renewable energy by 2026.

Sales of electric vehicles have slowed, due in part to their higher cost putting them out of reach of many consumers, and the uncertainty of where you would go to recharge the vehicle if you were not near your home.

The consumption of natural gas in homes and buildings in California is on the rise—up 15.3% in the commercial sector since 2014, up 17.8% in residential homes since 2014,  and up 19.8% in the industrial sector since 2009. 

Ultimately the goal in California is to do away with your gas-powered stove, water heater, furnace, and clothes dryer…forcing you to buy new electric appliances.

The Index found that emissions from wildfires have reached the highest level since the state began tracking them.

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