A bill that would require California to receive all of its power from renewable energy such as wind and solar by 2045 received strong backing Monday from two Los Angeles City Council members.

Councilmen Paul Koretz and David Ryu called on the state Legislature to pass SB 100, which was introduced by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, D- Los Angeles.

Koretz also introduced a City Council resolution in support of the bill, which Ryu and four other council members seconded.

“Senator Kevin de Leon’s SB 100 is a hugely important bill that will put the entire state on record as aiming for 100 percent renewable energy,” Koretz said at a news conference outside City Hall, where he was surrounded by several dozen supporters and environmental activists.

“Since California has been leading the world on climate action, it won’t be long before everyone else is taking aim for these goals worldwide,” he said.

SB 100 was passed by the Senate in May and is now pending before the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

“Scientists have made it clear: We must stop burning fossil fuels in order to spare our children and their children from the devastating effects of climate change,” Ryu said.

The bill would also increase the state’s goal of reaching 50 percent renewable energy from 2030 to 2026, and set a goal of 60 percent renewable energy by 2030. It passed the state Senate on party lines, with 27 Democrats voting in support and 13 Republicans opposed.

“What if we can’t make that mandate that we are putting into law today? What it’s going to do is it’s going to drive up electricity bills for our businesses,” Sen. Jeff. Stone, R-Temecula, said on the Senate floor before the vote in May.

–City News Service

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