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Governor Brown speeds up goals on greenhouse gas cuts

Apr 29, 2015

Governor Brown Declares Statewide Drought Emergency

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – JANUARY 17: California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks during a news conference on January 17, 2014 in San Francisco, California. Gov. Brown declared a drought state of emergency for California as the state faces water shortfalls in what is expected to be the driest year in state history. Residents are being asked to voluntarily reduce water usage by 20%. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images); Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Citing an urgent need to limit global warming, California Governor Jerry Brown set a new, interim stage of greenhouse gas cuts for the state: emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.

Brown’s executive order is loftier than a federal goal that also aims to curb global warming, but it gives the state more time to achieve it. Brown’s plan lacks specifics, but he previously has cited increasing renewable electricity sources, reducing petroleum use in vehicles, doubling the energy efficiency of existing buildings and make heating fuels cleaner as ways to reduce emissions.

Is the goal realistic? What sectors would the cuts come from?

With files from the Associated Press.

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Guest:

Ellen Hanak, senior fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California; director of the Water Policy Center at PPIC

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