The Latest: California governor urges ‘carbon neutrality’

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California climate policy (all times local):

11:10 a.m.

California Gov. Jerry Brown wants the state to remove as much carbon dioxide from the air as it emits.

An executive order signed by Brown on Monday directs the state to achieve “carbon neutrality” by no later than 2045. After that, he says the state should emit net negative greenhouse gas emissions.

Brown’s order is part of a package aimed at reducing California’s reliance on fossil fuels. A bill Brown signed Monday sets a goal of phasing out fossil fuels from the state’s electricity sector by 2045.

Brown is preparing to host a global climate summit in San Francisco on Wednesday.

The order directs several state agencies to set targets for artificially removing carbon dioxide from the air through a process known as “sequestration.”

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10:15 a.m.

California would set a goal of phasing out all fossil fuels from the state’s electricity sector by 2045 under legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Brown signed the measure Monday as he prepares to host a summit in San Francisco of climate change leaders from around the world later this week.

He has positioned California as a global leader in the effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The renewable energy measure also would require California’s utilities to generate 60 percent of their energy from wind, solar and other specific renewable sources by 2030. That’s 10 percent higher than the current mandate.

The state would then aim to use only carbon-free sources to generate electricity by 2045. It’s merely a goal, with no mandate or penalty for falling short.

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