Jerry Brown sets aggressive California climate goal

Sammy Roth | The Desert Sun | Link to article

Gov. Jerry Brown launched an ambitious new effort to limit climate change Wednesday, calling for California to cut its planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 — the toughest carbon goal adopted by any North American government for that time frame.

Brown’s new target, issued via executive order, is a clear sign the governor wants California to influence the international dialogue between now and December, when world leaders will gather in Paris to negotiate a global climate change treaty. The 40 percent target is more aggressive than the climate goals that President Barack Obama announced last year, but in line with the European Union’s targets. (Link to article)