California just took a big step in the fight against climate change. In a landmark bill signed by Governor Jerry Brown this Monday, the state set a goal to get 100 percent of the state's electricity from clean energy sources by 2045.
The state will also aim for carbon neutrality by that year, as stipulated in an executive order that Brown issued simultaneously. According to a press release, this order "will ensure California removes as much carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as it emits," making its output essentially "neutral."
“This bill and the executive order put California on a path to meet the goals of Paris and beyond," Brown said in the press release. "It will not be easy. It will not be immediate. But it must be done.”