Major coalition backing state’s transition to 100% clean energy deliver plea from thousands of Californians to assembly members: pass SB100
Sacramento, CA - Today the Assembly Utilities and Energy Committee approved Senate Bill 100, the historic legislation to transition California to 100% clean electricity by 2045, sending it to the full Assembly for a vote. Earlier in the day, advocates delivered more than 38,000 messages and signatures in support of the legislation from a range of stakeholders, including health and environmental advocates, clean energy industries, business communities, and environmental justice organizations.
“On this Fourth of July, as we sing about beautiful, spacious skies, let’s commend the Committee on its visionary decision to clear those skies and power California’s future with 100 percent clean electricity,” said Michelle Kinman, clean energy and transportation program director with Environment California. “We applaud Chair Chris Holden and the Committee for acting to create healthier communities today and better lives for our children.”
“We are excited California is one step further on the path of creating new jobs, cleaning our air and powering our homes, businesses and cars with clean, zero-carbon energy. Reducing carbon emissions and air pollution by transitioning away from fossil fuels is one of the most important actions our country and world must take to avoid the worst consequences of climate change,” said Laura Wisland, senior energy manager at the Union of Concerned Scientists.“We appreciate the leadership shown by California legislators to keep our clean energy momentum going strong.”
“This Independence Day Californians can celebrate being one step closer to energy independence and freedom from fossil fuels. As SB 100 moves to the Assembly for a floor vote, we urge all Assembly members to reflect on this historic opportunity to advance renewable energy and leave a cleaner and safer climate for generations to come,” said California Interfaith Power & Light executive director Susan Stephenson.
“Too many Californians still breathe unhealthy air. Rising temperatures, more frequent and intense wildfires and other climate-related impacts mean we need to do more to protect our air. By moving us forward to 100 percent clean energy, Senate Bill 100 supports cleaner air and a healthier environment for all Californians,” said Will Barrett, clean air advocacy manager for the American Lung Association in California.
“It’s time for California to decide that it is going to power itself with clean energy.Thousands of Californians across the state have urged our legislators to breathe life into this bill and get us to a clean grid. Earthjustice stands with them,” said Erica Martinez, California Policy Advocate for Earthjustice. “Now, it’s up to our Assembly to deliver on the promise of clean energy by supporting SB 100. The health of our families, the surge of clean energy jobs, and the quality of our air depend on their leadership.”
“We’re excited to see SB 100 move on to the Assembly,” says RL Miller of Climate Hawks Vote. “Kevin de Leon’s visionary bill for 100 percent clean energy in California has inspired climate hawks across California. Next stop: the Assembly floor. After that: the sky’s the limit!”
“Mothers, grandmothers and caregivers across California are thrilled that SB 100 is moving to the floor of the Assembly for a vote. We are counting on our representatives to do the right thing and fulfill their sacred duty to protect the health and safety of Californians, particularly our frontline communities and children. We need California to lead the way in accelerating the swift, complete and just transition to 100% clean, renewable energy,” said Stacy Levy, volunteer leader with Mothers Out Front.
"After today’s affirmative vote on SB 100, California is once again poised to grow the low-carbon economy. This important legislation would not only help California clean its air and reduce its contribution to climate change but it would help keep California's economy strong and green and innovative. Ceres and28 leading companies urge the full legislature to ensure its final adoption," said Kirsten James, Director of California Policy and Partnerships at Ceres.
“Indivisible South Bay stands with more than 100 organizations in calling on the California Assembly to bring SB 100 to a vote. The time is now to target a 100% clean energy future. California is an environmental leader and the public supports committing to a clean energy future. It’s time for our elected officials to pass 100% clean energy bills like SB 100,” said Lisa Ferino, Leader Indivisible South Bay.
“SB 100 will assure that California continues to be in the forefront of leadership in addressing climate change by both accelerating the procurement of solar and other renewable energy sources in the near future and assuring that all state agencies are taking a long-run view about the issues that need to be addressed to get to a 100% greenhouse gas-free electric system by 2045 or earlier,” said Ed Smeloff, California policy and regulatory director at Vote Solar.
The California 100% Clean Energy Coalition is a broad movement of communities and organizations across the state working together to achieve our collective vision for 100%. We’re calling on California’s lawmakers to pass a clean SB 100 bill that will set a path for 100% clean electricity by 2045. Visit www.CA100.org to learn more.