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Brown Moving "Heaven And Earth" To Get Legislature To Extend Cap And Trade

AP Photo / Richard Vogel

Calif., Gov. Jerry Brown, seated, signs legislation while joined by Senate President pro tempore Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, second from left, and State Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, in Los Angeles on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016.

AP Photo / Richard Vogel

On the eve of his departure for China, where he’ll hold meetings on climate change, Gov. Jerry Brown is imploring California lawmakers to extend the state’s “cap-and-trade” greenhouse gas reduction program.

In fact, the governor wants to reach agreement with the Legislature by the end of June. And he’s demanding a two-thirds vote to protect against a possible legal challenge.

In an interview with Capital Public Radio, Brown said he’s moving “heaven and earth” to pass an extension.

“If California gives up on its cap-and-trade program, then we’re certainly not the climate leader. And I do think our leaders in the Legislature want to be the climate leader,” Brown told CapRadio's Ben Bradford Wednesday.

But there appears to be little willingness among Democratic leaders to act on the governor’s time frame. They believe it will be hard to find supermajority support for such a controversial vote so soon after raising the gas tax.

Some Republicans, on the other hand, have expressed interest in joining negotiations to help the governor reach a two-thirds vote. That reflects the desire of the oil industry and business groups to reach a cap-and-trade deal – since the alternative to that market-based system would be new “command and control” rules set by state regulators.

Ben Adler

Capitol Bureau Chief

Capitol Bureau Chief Ben Adler first became a public radio listener in the car on his way to preschool – though not necessarily by choice. Now, he leads Capital Public Radio’s state Capitol coverage, which airs on NPR stations across California.  Read Full Bio 

Ben Bradford

State Government Reporter

As the State Government Reporter, Ben covers California politics, policy and the interaction between the two. He previously reported on local and state politics, business, energy, and environment for WFAE in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Read Full Bio 

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