Sep 6, 2015 2:23 PM by News Staff
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown has made climate change the centerpiece of his final tenure by laying out the most aggressive benchmark in North America.
But first, he has to break through a logjam in his own party in the final week of California's legislative session.
Many moderate Democrats are expressing concern that the ambitious proposal to cut petroleum use by half, boost renewable electricity use to 50 percent and double energy efficiency in existing buildings will hurt California's economy and working-class residents.
An oil industry-funded group, the California Driver's Alliance, is running ads suggesting that the bill will raise gas prices and even result in oil rationing.
Securing legislation would be a timely win for Brown before international leaders meet in Paris for the United Nations climate change conference.
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