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