California was not shy wanting to give up oil, and that now includes oil production. Earther reports that Governor Newsom has ad plans to end oil extraction in California by 2045. Officials are still figuring out the exact route, but elimination will come through the climate change scoping plan to cut emissions greenhouse gas emissions and achieve carbon neutrality by the same year.
Newsom is off for a quick start, at least. The governor simultaneously ordered the California Department of Conservation to stop issuing new hydraulic fracturing permits by January 2024.
The move makes California the first state to commit to ending oil extraction. Although 2045 is far away, it still represents a bet that clean energy and transportation will develop to the point where oil will simply not matter to the local economy.
Whether or not other states follow suit is another matter. California was the seventh largest crude oil producer in the United States in 2020, producing 145 million barrels, but it pales against heavyweights like Texas (1.8 billion), North Dakota (431 million) and New Mexico ( 379 million). Other states might be reluctant to end oil extraction if it deals too big a financial blow. While the plans are ultimately good news for the environment, their symbolic effect may outweigh the practical impact.
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