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California Governor Gavin Newsom said Thursday the state is in a “transformational moment” to move away from fossil fuels, as climate change continues to fuel devastating wildfire seasons and harsh conditions. historic droughts across California.

The governor’s remarks to CNBC’s Yasmin Khorram come shortly after the state unveiled this year’s budget proposal, which invests $22 billion in new climate change funds and allocates funds from the state budget. year for a total of $37 billion in climate investments over six years.

“The scale of the challenge is obvious,” Newsom said. “Extreme droughts, record heat we experienced just about 24 months ago, record wildfires … compel us to do more and deal with these existential threats more aggressively. We are doing everything in our power. our power, not just rhetorically.”

Newsom said the budget’s climate funding is an example of the state’s willingness to do the hard work that other states and nations just talk about.

“A lot of jurisdictions are talking about a good game. They’ve released catchy statements like, ‘We’re going to cut greenhouse gas emissions 40% below 1990 levels by filling the 20% gap,’ replacing hard work,” Newsom said.

“Hard work is ‘the how’ and that money is ‘the how’,” Newsom said of the budget, adding that the funding will help “convert the old diesel buses that take our kids to school” and get “drayage trucks see you on freeways and freeways off freeways and freeways.”

As California grapples with worsening wildfires, water shortages and a historic drought, Newsom faces growing pressure to act more urgently on climate change.

So far, the governor has signed executive orders requiring all new cars to be electric by 2035 and banning new fracking permits by 2024. major part of the budget plan, as cars, trucks and other vehicles account for about 40% of the state’s climate pollution.

The administration has also passed a building code to transition new buildings to clean energy sources. And California will in 2020 become the first state to commit to protecting 30% of land and coastal waters by 2030.

Newsom also addressed proposed changes to the state’s solar incentive program that would halve the state’s solar market by 2024, according to a recent report by energy research firm Wood Mackenzie, which could hamper the leadership role of the state in building clean energy.

California has the largest number of residential solar customers across the country and the incentive program has been a major driver of that growth.

The California Public Utilities Commission justified the changes by arguing that it is unfair to generally wealthier consumers who can afford that solar panels are subsidized by ratepayers in low-income communities.

“We want to recognize that there are costs that are borne, not just by the person buying the rooftop solar, but more broadly,” Newsom said. “And we want to make sure we’re smart about who shares that cost, so we can continue to accelerate our low-carbon green growth efforts.”

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