California joins alliance to end dependence on fossil fuels

California has joined the Beyond Oil & Gas Alliance (BOGA) launched at COP26, bringing together national and subnational governments committed to advancing a just transition away from oil and gas production. Led by Costa Rica and Denmark, this one-of-a-kind alliance will help build momentum for states and nations as they strive to phase out oil and gas production and support efforts to build a clean energy saving.

“California is a world leader in tackling the climate crisis with bold actions to protect our planet while growing the economy, but we cannot meet the challenge of this existential threat alone,” said Gov. Gavin Newsom . “With fossil fuels powering much of the global energy system, it is essential that we partner with other states and nations around the world to build momentum for the phase-out of oil and gas production. Together, we must move beyond oil and usher in a cleaner, greener future that protects our communities, our environment and our economy. “

The new partnership follows Gov. Newsom’s announcement last month that the state is poised to prevent further oil drilling near communities and expand health protections as California strives to phase out fossil fuels. The governor has taken bold steps to end the issuance of new hydraulic fracturing permits by 2024, get the state to phase out oil extraction by 2045, and reduce demand for oil by ending the the sale of new gasoline-powered cars by 2035.

Newsom this year brought forward a landmark $ 15 billion climate program to tackle wildfires and drought, help communities transition during the climate crisis, and support the state’s emission vehicle targets. zero. The governor has also taken steps to advance environmental justice, including working to protect Californians from harmful pollution and build climate resilience in underprivileged communities. California is home to more than 485,000 clean energy jobs, and the state’s renewable energy and clean vehicle industries are leading the nation’s growth. The state’s main climate policies have enabled the state to exceed its 2020 climate target four years in advance, exceed one million sales of zero-emission vehicles and create six times as many clean jobs as it does. ‘jobs related to fossil fuels.

The California delegation to COP26 highlighted the state’s innovative policies to address the escalating climate crisis and joined international partners, senior US climate officials and others to discuss a further collaboration, including productive bilateral meetings with government officials from China, Mexico and Canada on a wide range of climate actions. The governor announced that California has signed the COP26 Declaration on Zero Emission Cars and Vans, which aims to achieve 100% sales of zero-emission vehicles by 2035 in major markets, and no later than 2040 in the world.

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