California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law on Monday a bill that commits the state to a 100 percent renewable energy power grid by 2045, which would make it the world's largest economy to pledge to rely completely on renewable energy generated from solar, wind and water, according to The Hill.
The legislation also increases the state's clean energy goals from 50 percent to 60 percent by 2030.
The law marks the most high-profile push back by California on environmental issues against the White House, according to The Mercury News.
"Today California sends an unmistakable message to the nation and the world, regardless of who occupies the White House, that California will always lead on climate change," said Democratic state Sen. Kevin de León, who sponsored the legislation.
President Donald Trump has denied climate science, withdrawn the U.S. from the 2015 Paris climate deal, and worked to expand the use of coal.
The passing of the legislation also comes as San Francisco this week hosts the Global Climate Action Summit, which was organized to encourage regional bodies to boost their own attempts to fight climate change where national governments have failed to act, according to The Sacramento Bee.
Critics said they were concerned that the bill would bring higher electricity prices, with opponents including the major utilities, oil interests, as well as the California Farm Bureau Federation and the California Chamber of Commerce, The Mercury News reported.
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