Jan. 5 – California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) Jan. 5 proposed increasing the state’s current 33 percent renewable portfolio standard to 50 percent over the next 15 years and, over the same period, cutting petroleum use in cars and trucks in half, making heating fuels cleaner and doubling the efficiency of existing buildings.
Brown announced the ambitious climate policy goals in the inaugural address/state of the state message he delivered after being sworn in for an unprecedented fourth term.
In the 30-minute message, Brown outlined multiple challenges the state faces over the next four-years, including long-term financial liabilities, social programs, infrastructure (water, roads, highways and bridges) and climate change.
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