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California lawmakers approve extension of climate change law

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers voted Wednesday to extend the state’s landmark climate change law by another 10 years, resisting fierce opposition from oil companies and other business interests to keep the program alive at least through 2030. Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, a strong advocate of the state’s climate initiatives, has said he’ll sign the bill if it comes ...

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California governor looks to extend climate-change efforts

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown has launched a campaign to extend some of the most ambitious climate-change programs in the country and ensure his environmental legacy when he leaves office in two years. The centerpiece of the push is a cap-and-trade program that aims to reduce the use of fossil fuels by forcing manufacturers and other companies ...

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Global energy leaders look to nitty gritty of climate accord

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Energy leaders from countries that pump out 75 percent of the world’s climate-changing emissions talked Thursday on the nitty-gritty of putting last year’s Paris climate accord into action, including funding the needed global technology overhaul. The annual gathering of energy leaders representing 23 countries and the European Commission was one of their first since December, when ...

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Demand plummets for California pollution credits

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s ambitious efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are taking a hit as demand has plummeted for pollution credits that are supposed to fund the initiative. Only about a tenth of the available pollution credits were sold in an auction last week, according to results released Wednesday by the California Air Resources Board. Gov. Jerry Brown’s ...

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California governor’s greenhouse-gas cuts scrutinized

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The top lawyer for the California Legislature says Gov. Jerry Brown exceeded his authority when he issued an executive order imposing what he called the most aggressive carbon-emission reductions in North America, aligning California with the European Union’s aggressive climate change standards. The opinion by Legislative Counsel Diane Boyer-Vine does not curtail Brown’s authority to continue ...

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Planning for California bullet train allowed to move forward

Example of a bullet train operating in Japan. (Image: Lee LeFever via Flickr)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A judge has removed a major hurdle to California’s high-speed rail system, ruling that the $64 billion system does not violate promises made to the voters who approved it and that planning and financing can proceed. The ruling announced Tuesday came in a lawsuit filed by attorneys for Kings County and a group of landowners who ...

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Editorial: Time to consider a tax on carbon

For all the disarray of the GOP leadership in Washington, one recent partisan breakthrough should not be overlooked. Last month, 10 House Republicans broke ranks and came together on a resolution acknowledging that climate change is real and calling on Congress to work toward solutions. The timing couldn’t have been better. It came just weeks before the arrival of Pope ...

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California regulators to restore emissions-cutting fuel rule

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California regulators are poised to restore a first-in-the-nation climate change program that requires a 10 percent cut in carbon emissions on transportation fuels sold in the state by 2020, despite oil industry objections that it could drive up gas prices. After the program survived a lengthy legal challenge from fuel makers, regulators are expected to vote Friday ...

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Opinion: The time is ripe for a tax on oil extraction to pay for California road repairs

SACRAMENTO — California still is the only major oil-producing state that doesn’t tax the goo as it’s pumped from the earth. Yes, high-tax California. But never has there been a better time to change that and start making the oil companies pay their fair share. Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders have the petroleum industry right where they want ...

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Fired regulator: Brown pushed to waive oil safeguards.

SAN FRANCISCO — California’s top oil and gas regulators repeatedly warned Gov. Jerry Brown’s senior aides in 2011 that the governor’s orders to override key safeguards in granting oil industry permits would violate state and federal laws protecting the state’s groundwater from contamination, one of the former officials has testified. Brown fired the regulators on Nov. 3, 2011, one day ...

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