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California Climate Debate Rages As Brown Raises His Profile

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(AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown is promoting California's cap-and-trade program to combat climate change on the national and global stage.

But even at home in one of the nation's most Democratic states he's struggling to convince lawmakers to keep it alive.
Brown is seeking to bridge a divide between lawmakers who want to take it further and others who worry about costs. He's pushing for a vote on extending the program this month.

Hours before Brown left Friday to promote climate policies in China, the state Assembly rejected a bill to continue cap and trade for another 10 years while adding new limits on air pollution in heavily polluted areas.

Cap and trade limits the state's total emissions from certain sources. Businesses can buy permits allowing them to emit carbon.

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