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California Extends Ambitious Climate Change Law

California Extends Ambitious Climate Change LawCalifornia Extends Ambitious Climate Change Law

A decade ago, California vowed to dramatically slash greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.

With the United States’ most populous state is on track to meet that target, Governor Jerry Brown on Thursday charted a new goal to further cut carbon pollution by extending and expanding the landmark climate change law.

It will “keep California on the move to clean up the environment”, Brown said in a Los Angeles park before signing a pair of bills that survived heavy opposition from the oil industry, business groups and Republicans, ABC News reported.

Experts said going forward will be more challenging because the new goal—to reduce emissions by 40% below 1990 levels by 2030—is considerably more ambitious and many of the easy solutions have been employed.

California is set to meet the 2020 climate goal that called for reducing emissions by restricting the carbon content of gasoline and diesel, encouraging sales of zero-emission vehicles and imposing a tax on pollution.

The state plans to build on that foundation and ramp up other efforts, including increasing renewable electricity use, boosting energy efficiency in buildings and putting 1.5 million zero-emissions vehicles on the road.

Supporters overcame strong opposition from oil companies and other industry interests to pass the legislation a year after business-friendly Democrats in the assembly derailed an even more ambitious proposal to limit the use of oil in the state.

The new law puts “very severe caps on the emission of greenhouse gases in California without requiring the regulatory agencies to give any consideration” to how it will affect the economy and residents, the California Chamber of Commerce said in a statement.