NEWS KQED Forum with Michael Krasny: California Lawmakers Pass Bill Phasing Out Fossil Fuels by 2045

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Cal­i­for­nia law­mak­ers passed a bill that would require 100 per­cent of the state’s energy to come from carbon-​​free sources. The pro­posal would set a goal of phas­ing out all fos­sil fuels by 2045 but does not include a man­date or penalty. Sup­port­ers say the mea­sure would help address cli­mate change and boost California’s clean energy econ­omy. Crit­ics say the bill is unre­al­is­tic and would sad­dle fam­i­lies and busi­nesses with higher energy bills. The mea­sure now heads to the governor’s desk.


Dan Kam­men, pro­fes­sor of energy, UC Berke­ley; direc­tor, Renew­able and Appro­pri­ate Energy Lab­o­ra­tory at UC Berkeley

Dorothy Rothrock, pres­i­dent, Cal­i­for­nia Man­u­fac­tur­ers and Tech­nol­ogy Association

Lau­ren Som­mer, sci­ence and envi­ron­ment reporter, KQED

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