On September 8th, 2016, Governor Brown of California signed a legislation that would cut down on greenhouse gas emissions to prevent further global warming. “What we’re doing is farsighted, as well as far-reaching. California is doing something that no other state has done,” Governor Brown stated as he signed the legislation at Vista Hermosa Natural Park in Los Angeles.
Also, according to the Los Angeles Times, the legislation, SB 32, requires the state to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030. This is a daunting task for the state due to the amount of the cut down. Our greedy corporations would most likely not allow changes to their companies, and residents here would not bother to spend their valuable time to care.
According to the Lawrence National Laboratory, they state that our current policies will only get us halfway there. So with luck the government, and California in general, will approve some of the new policies coming our way in the future.
Some of the other aspects that are needed are new, cleaner technological advances, an increase in solar power, and an increase of electric cars along with statins for them. These are some of the things that can help delete decrease on greenhouse gas emissions.
Governor Brown and others are skeptical of reaching the goals, but they are still hoping to reach them anyways. Also, Governor Brown hopes that this aggression and determination will help influence other states and countries as well. He is proud that the U.S. is becoming close to number one in climate pollution reduction.
Finally, Brown hopes that he can change the minds of Republicans and businesses on this issue, but of course this is uncertain. In the Los Angeles Times article on this topic, they state, “Brown said he would have additional leverage to persuade businesses to support an extension of cap and trade. Otherwise, he said, the state would rely on less flexible policies to reach its emissions goals.”
The goals on reducing climate change here in California seem doubtful and uncertain. However, Brown believes that this is very possible and hopes that the government and businesses will help him. Brown and his followers hope the best for the future of the U.S., and is not afraid to set goals to accomplish them.