After a landmark vote by its state Assembly, California is poised to join Hawaii and become the second state committed to generating 100 percent of its electricity from renewable and zero-carbon sources. If the state Senate votes in favor of the current version of Senate Bill 100, which has only minor changes to a bill the Senate already passed, and then Gov. Jerry Brown signs it, California will commit to a clear target of 100 percent clean electricity by 2045.
Since 2008, Arizona has seen a 185-fold increase in the amount of electricity it gets from the sun, ranking second for solar growth in a new report released today by Environment Arizona Research & Policy Center. The state also ranks in the top ten for energy efficiency, battery storage and electric vehicles.
As the Trump administration considers weakening federal air quality and global warming emissions standards, air pollution remains a threat to public health. According to a new report by Environment Arizona Research & Policy Center, 4.6 million people in the Phoenix metropolitan area experienced 110 days of degraded air quality in 2016, increasing the risk of premature death, asthma attacks and other adverse health impacts.
“We need a national monument to protect the Grand Canyon area and the Colorado River permanently,” said Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Ranking Member of the House Natural Resources Committee. “Until we get one, Americans across the country need to make sure the Trump administration doesn’t lift the 20-year moratorium on uranium mining in the region. New mining would be devastating to local communities and to the Grand Canyon itself. This report is a timely reminder of what’s at stake."
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