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California spearheads the run for carbon neutrality as Governor Newsom pushes for an even more aggressive plan to cut fossil-fuel usage, mainly in transport and housing.

California’s air regulators approved an ambitious plan for the state to reach carbon neutrality by 2045. 

The plan, which is in line with legislation signed by Governor Gavin Newsom last year, hopes to move one of the largest economies in the world away from fossil fuels. 

CNN reports that the plan contains actions and policies to cut fossil fuel usage to less than a tenth, mainly by moving away from gas-powered vehicles. 

The board also says the plan will cut air pollution by 71% and gas emissions by 85% to below 1990 levels. Both goals are consistent with targets laid out in Governor Gavin Newsom’s $54.1 billion climate commitment intended to protect residents from wildfires, extreme heat and drought while moving away from big oil.

The plan will also create four million jobs and save California about $200 billion in health costs for pollution-related illnesses by 2045. 

Governor Newsom underlined that California is leading the world’s most important economic transformation since the Industrial Revolution. 

Moving to carbon neutrality should cut down pollution, reduce dependence on fossil fuels, and create millions of new jobs. 

A big focus of California’s legislators is the move to zero-transportation, both in personal vehicles and public transit, followed by fossil use in homes.  

Nikola, an electrical engineer, simplifies intricate sustainability subjects for his audience. A staunch environmental conservationist, he embodies his beliefs daily through recycling and cultivating his own food.

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