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Second Californian Climate Plan Falters Amid Reluctance


SACRAMENTO, Calif. —A state senator announced Thursday that she’s abandoning a second Democratic climate change proposal amid reluctance from California lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown.

Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, said she would withdraw a vote on her bill, SB32, which calls for cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent from 1990 levels by 2050. Instead, she will try to rally support for passage next year.

“Unfortunately, the state Assembly and the administration were not supportive, for now, and we could not pass this important proposal,” Pavley said in a statement.

The bill was a follow-up to Pavley’s AB32, a landmark law requiring California to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. That bill was signed by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican, in 2006.

Brown spokesman Gareth Lacy said the administration is supportive of the initial bill but not amendments Pavley accepted, which would have weakened the California Air Resources Board’s power to set vehicle emissions and fuel standards.

“We can’t trade what is already being done to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to get a new bill,” Lacy said.

In the final week of the legislative session, Democrats were already forced to drop a mandate to cut oil use from their climate change proposal amid fierce opposition from business groups and oil companies. A scaled-down version of the proposal to increase renewable energy use to 50 percent has yet to be voted on.

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