The state might be three decades late in meeting its 2030 climate goals and more than 100 years late in hitting 2050 targets.
Touted as a clean energy, natural gas releases methane, an element that’s much stronger than CO2 at trapping heat leakage, during its drilling and transmission.
“This is the beginning of the end of natural gas in Los Angeles,” Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Monday.
“Those who would shackle us to the pessimistic view of inaction doom us to sacrifice,” says Washington’s governor. “They doom us to sacrificing our clean air and to sacrificing the ability to walk in a forest that’s not charred down.”
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has paused the rebuilding of three aging power plants to study whether they should continue using natural gas — or could take the leap into renewable energy as soon as possible.