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A Landmark California Climate Program Is in Jeopardy

Justin Gillis, Chris Busch

Dec 12, 2017

Gov. Jerry Brown of California and lawmakers in Sacramento pulled off a huge political feat last summer when they renewed one of the state’s premier climate programs. The governor sought a two-thirds majority to insulate the program from legal challenges, and he got there by winning support from eight Republican lawmakers.

It was a sharp and welcome contrast to the political dysfunction in Washington. Now California must write the detailed regulations that will turn the governor’s vision into reality. As supporters of strong action to tackle climate change, we are worried that the state government may be sleepwalking its way into a serious problem.

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