One of the biggest threats to the environment is coal-fired power plants. These plants belch out enormous amounts of carbon emissions each year worldwide and the contribution to global warming and climate change is overwhelming. That's why it's very exciting to hear that several states in the US are starting to implement bills that will lead the way to coal-free energy.
Just this past week, Oregon finally passed the Clean Electricity and Coal Transition Plan bill after a year of heated debate in the legislature. The bill aims primarily to do two crucial things: eliminate coal from the state's utilities portfolios by 2035 and get 50% of their power from renewable sources by 2040.
Only four other states in the nation have more ambitious renewable source goals: California and New York aim for 50% by 2030, Vermont aims for 75% by 2032, and Hawaii aims for 100% by 2040. The bill also has a few other cool provisions, like accelerating transportation electrification (by adding more charging stations state-wide, for example) and providing solar panels for low-income housing.
Well done, Oregon! These are exciting environmental developments and let's hope that other states will follow suit in next few years.
As always, reduce, reuse, recycle, and conserve. Small, everyday changes can make a big difference.