California Gov. Gavin Newsom last week turned up the heat on climate change initiatives with a letter to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) in which he stressed state agencies to prepare for an energy transition that involves no new natural gas plants. 

“The state’s draft carbon neutrality road map doesn’t go far enough or fast enough. That’s why I’m pushing state agencies to adopt more aggressive actions, from offshore wind to climate-friendly homes, and to make sure we never build another fossil fuel power plant in California again,” Newsom said. 

The governor also noted that he would work to finalize the $53.9 billion investment into climate-related initiatives, which was included in the state’s 2022-2023 budget signed by Newsom in late June.