Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed an executive order that commits California to generating one-third of its power from renewable energy in 11 years.
Schwarzenegger said the state relies too heavily on coal-fired power plants now.
Schwarzenegger: "This pollutes the air and it sickens our children. We can do much better than that and this is why we ought to harness the sun. We have such great energy here from the sun and we can harness the wind and we can use that energy and many other sources, biomass or geothermal energy and so on."
With this order, California has committed to shift toward cleaner energy faster than any other state in the country. The governor announced he’d veto a pair of bills Sacramento lawmakers passed late last week. Schwarzenegger said those bills complicated the import of energy from out of state.