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Time Running Short For Extension Of California Climate Law

  

(AP) — With three weeks left in California's legislative session, Gov. Jerry Brown and other advocates of extending the state's ambitious climate change efforts are struggling to persuade enough lawmakers to go along.

Environmentalists want to protect the litany of emissions-targeting programs before their legal authorization comes into doubt in 2020, but they face stiff opposition from oil companies, Republicans and moderate Democrats.

Brown wants to extend and strengthen a 2006 law known as AB32, which set a goal of reducing greenhouse-gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.

In a sense of growing frustration and apparent pessimism, officials in the governor's office and Legislature last week lowered expectations for imminent progress. It's unclear whether lawmakers will be able to reach a deal before the Legislature leaves on Aug. 31.