The task is formidable, but not impossible.
Jim Williams, an associate professor at the Monterey Institute of International Studies and co-author of paper published last week in the online version of the journal Science. The authors show it is possible for California to achieve its state-mandated goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.
California is the world’s sixth-largest economy and 12th-largest emitter of greenhouse gases.
To go ‘carbon neutral,’ the state will have to move away from fossil fuels and other greenhouse gas emitters and start investing in carbon-neutral electricity production, such as nuclear power, renewables and carbon storage.