In late February, ninety organizations and businesses such as IKEA, Harley-Davidson, Hilton, MGM Resorts, GE, GM, Toyota, the State of Maryland and more announced their commitment to reducing their carbon footprint by 50% by 2030 or sooner. This means they will be not be using “offsets” to achieve this. An example of an offset is continuing to emit greenhouse gases and then planting thousands of trees to offset/absorb/store those emissions. This is a major adjustment.
Nonprofit CalWEA disclosed that wind energy projects in California and from out of state total 11% of the state’s total energy, which is “more than enough to power all homes in Sacramento, San Francisco, and Los Angeles Counties combined.” Wind power represents about 27% of the renewable energy used by the state.