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Shengqi WangEAPS 375: Fossil Fuels, Energy and SocietyProfessor NowackDue: 17 September 2018CESP 1My paper is about the plan for California to go 100 percent clean energy by 2045.Energy is everywhere, and everything requires it. Humans get their energy through food, and plants gettheir food through the sunlight. Since the beginning of human civilization, cultivating and utilizing energy hasimpacted the environment. Burning coal and natural gasses pollutes the air we breathe, causing irreparabledamage to the environment. Thus, the need for clean energy arises, but not without its downsides. Our currenttechnology caps the amount of clean energy we can produce to match that of its fossil fuel counterpart. In additionto this, some forms of clean energy rely on the weather which reduces their reliability. However, if strides are madein improving the production of clean energy, it can mitigate the harmful effects of carbon emissions and improvethe quality of life on Earth.Jerry Brown, the governor of California just signed a bill that requires the state to use 100% clean energyby the year 2045. “The bill also requires electric utilities and other service providers to generate 60% of their powerfrom renewable sources by 2030, up from the 50% goal previously set for that date.” (LA Times, Liam Dillion). Thisprogressive initiative has spearheaded the future of energy. The end goal is to completely utilize clean energy on aglobal scale, because fossil fuel is limited but our consumption of energy is not. There is another form of energy

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