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California commits to 100 percent renewable energy by 2045

California commits to 100 percent renewable energy by 2045

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed into law Monday a bill that commits the state to achieving a 100 percent renewable energy power grid by 2045.

The clean energy bill sponsored by state Sen. Kevin de León (D), who is challenging Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinBottom line Trump vetoes bipartisan driftnet fishing bill Dumping Abraham Lincoln? A word of advice to the 'cancel culture' MORE (D) for her seat this fall, makes California the world's largest economy to commit to relying completely on renewable energy generated from solar, wind and water.

The bill additionally increases the state's clean energy goals from 50 percent by 2030 to 60 percent.

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At the signing ceremony, Brown called the bill part of the state's commitment to achieve the benchmarks laid out in the Paris climate accord.

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"This bill and the executive order I am going to sign will put California on the path to meet the Paris agreement and beyond. It's not going to be easy, and it won't be immediate, but it must be done," Brown said.

De León called the legislation a "labor of love" and called climate change a real, dangerous and expensive threat. The bill aims to address both the scientific and economic setbacks of a warming globe, he said.

"Today California sends an unmistakable message to the nation and the world, regardless of who occupies the White House, California will always lead on climate change," he said at the presser. 

"Californians have made their voices heard loudly about the future they want for their state and the world. ... As Californians we are going to shape and drive that future."

The law comes as California is set to host the first Global Climate Summit in San Francisco this week, where big names in climate change and environmental science are anticipated to speak. Speakers include former Vice President Al GoreAlbert (Al) Arnold GoreWill Pence be able to escape the Trump stain? Vice President Pence: Honor in humility Pence rises to the occasion, to truly save America MORE and former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthyRegina (Gina) McCarthyBiden's chief aide says president wants teams, no rivals Biden builds team to get aggressive on regs OVERNIGHT ENERGY: EPA declines to tighten air quality standard for smog | Green groups sue over Trump bid to open Alaska's Tongass forest to logging MORE.

The state legislature has passed a number of bills this summer with an environment focus, including legislation to limit the use of plastic straws at full service restaurants, and on Monday Brown signed a bill as a premeditative measure to block offshore oil drilling on California's coastline.