Resolution: A 100% Renewable Energy Portfolio by 2050

Sponsored by Nadine Peyrucain

WHEREAS, the extraction, processing, and burning of fossil fuels has been known for some time to create air and water pollution and per recent studies by the U.S. Geological Survey, now earthquake activity associated with these extreme extraction methods and

WHEREAS, the continued burning of fossil fuels causes climate change? and climate scientists calculate that 80% of the world’s known fossil fuel reserves must remain in the ground to avoid further climate destabilization and warming of the planet beyond 2 degrees C – a tipping point for our climate; and

WHEREAS, fossil fuels are finite and being depleted on a regular basis such that the world’s largest private bank recently urged investors to divest from fossil fuels and to move to renewable energies

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party calls for a 100% Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), such that by 2020, 100% of all new power for all purposes (including transportation, heating/cooling, and industrial processes) be from electricity that is produced only by wind, water, solar (WWS) and other zero¬-pollution and zero-¬carbon-¬emitting and non¬nuclear renewable sources, combined with significant energy efficiency efforts, and by 2030, that 80-¬85% of the existing fossil fuel based energy infrastructure be replaced by renewable energy, as per above, and by 2050, 100% of the State of California’s energy infrastructure will produce only renewable energy, as per above; and

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the California Democratic Party calls on the California Legislature to develop this renewable energy plan with the above benchmarks, focusing as much as possible on locally generated power, and that this transition be informed by the principles of climate, environmental and worker justice, that energy projects are sited per no regrets, provide for labor to both train and represent workers while emphasizing prevailing wage, local hire, and domestic content goals, and fully engaging community based organizations.