ACC’s promise to having Arizona’s utilities accomplish a 50% decrease in carbon emissions by 2032 is a great start for supporting the state to confront climate change while taking advantage of green energy’s economic potential. Yet, the 2070 deadline falls way short of the timescale required, according to experts, to prevent the worst effects of global warming.

It is vital to set a deadline of no later than 2050 for ending the destructive fossil fuel consumption that drives climate change. The state’s main utilities and the corporate sector support all of this. Green Resource Advocates will keep pushing for tougher policies to ensure that Arizona has a sustainable future.

Arizona’s area is defined by the state’s spectacular natural landscapes, which are its treasure. Even after its beauty and significance in maintaining the multibillion-dollar leisure sector, climate change has put Arizona’s lands in jeopardy.

On a state level, the need to lower emissions from transportation and industrial facilities is significantly more prominent. Utility companies were the leading source of greenhouse gas emissions until 2016, when the transport industry overtook the electrical utility sector for the first time.

Green Resource Advocates aims to preserve and integrate all of Arizona’s lands to still support thriving wildlife populations, prosperous local outdoor enterprises, and unparalleled opportunities to experience the land’s natural characteristics.

The ACC has agreed to endorse the Energy Rules Update, which establishes emission requirements for 2032 and 2070. The revised update will have to go through an additional rulemaking procedure in the months ahead due to the modification from the former version of the Energy Rules regulation that the ACC approved last November.

Arizonans are already feeling the effects of environmental change, from more prevalent wildfires and drought conditions to lengthy hurricanes. The rising trend caused by global warming has been consistent and chronic in Arizona and the other Southwest states, posing severe future challenges such as water supply, wildfire situations, and energy estimations for utilities.

The only way to save the state is to provide it with cleaner, sustainable energy and other low-emission alternatives. The challenge may seem intimidating, but if we manage to adopt bold decisions, we have a possibility of making the necessary adjustments.

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