California has thrown down the gauntlet for the rest of North America when it comes to taking on climate change. Last week, Governor Jerry Brown issued an executive order requiring the state to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. Called by Brown the most aggressive greenhouse gas reduction target by any government on the continent to date, California’s plan matches the goals of the ever-progressive European Union.

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What’s the plan to make it happen? According to CleanTechnica, Brown will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by boosting the role of renewable energy sources by 50 percent in the same time frame for the planned emission reductions. He’s also looking to take fossil-fuel-burning cars off the road to the tune of 50 percent, double the efficiency of existing buildings and clean up heating fuel that’s used. To cap it off, California’s government will be incorporating climate impacts into all future infrastructure and state agency planning and investments.

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It’s no surprise that California is taking drastic action to tackle greenhouse gas emissions and climate change, given the fact that the state is entering its fourth year of extreme drought conditions that are pressing down on the economy and making life difficult for residents.

CleanTechnica quotes World Bank President Jim Yong Kim:

“Four consecutive years of exceptional drought has brought home the harsh reality of rising global temperatures to the communities and businesses in California. There can be no substitute for aggressive national targets to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions, but the decision today by Governor Brown to set a 40 percent reduction target for 2030 is an example of climate leadership that others must follow.”

Via CleanTechnica

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