Clean Energy Future

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California has always pushed the innovative envelope. That’s what we do: We push ourselves westward, headlong into the future.  Whether Washington, D.C. likes it or not, we pull the rest of the country along with us.

Now more than ever, our country needs California to press on, to lead us into a  golden, verdant future. We won’t get there by keeping coal companies on life support, gutting the EPA, and leaving communities of color the doctor’s bills that fossil fuel production always brings. And we can’t get there on freeways from the 1950’s.

That’s why I’m calling for a Green New Deal. From solar highways and byways to free and secure internet bandwidth, we need a comprehensive plan to restore the infrastructure that brings our country together, and to do it sustainably, in a way that totally caps carbon emissions and sets our nation on track to consume only renewable energy by 2045. Doing so will reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and foreign countries, and we know it will create jobs: today, California’s clean energy sector supports ten times the jobs that the entire nation’s coal industry does. A Green New Deal will make our country safer and more self-sufficient, and it will create jobs that cannot be outsourced.

I wrote SB 350, the law that requires fifty percent of the Golden State’s energy consumption must be renewable by 2030, and I stared down Big Oil to get it passed. The landmark renewable energy commitments that I shepherded to safe passage created thousands of green jobs for hardworking Californians. Those accomplishments and the $5.4 billion we’ll invest in new infrastructure this decade are proof positive that environmental stewardship and astounding economic growth go hand in hand. We can build an economy that gives each working family the dignity that is their due, in a way ensures a cleaner, greener future for the next generation. A Green New Deal can be more than a pie-in-the-sky ideal. With the right U.S. Senator, we can write it into reality.