Senate Democrats embrace California climate change strategy

Feb 10, 2015 4:00 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Senate Democrats are embracing California's new climate change plans by taking up Gov. Jerry Brown's call to increase the use of renewable energy to 50 percent in 15 years.

Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon and fellow Democrats will announce their legislative proposals Tuesday afternoon.

Brown has called on the state to increase renewable electricity use to 50 percent, use half as much gasoline on the road, and make buildings twice as energy efficient by 2030.

The Democrats' four-bill package also includes other environmental initiatives such as directing pensions to divest from coal companies and setting up a committee to advise on how to create clean energy jobs.

De Leon, of Los Angeles, is trying to jumpstart negotiations among oil producers, utilities, state regulators and Brown's administration.

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