California Legislature passes cap-and-trade deal

FILE - In this Monday, March 28, 2016 photo, Gov. Jerry Brown is hugged by Holly Dias, a Burger King employee who praised Brown's announcement of proposed legislation to increase the state's minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2022, during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. On Monday, April 4, 2016, Brown is set to sign the legislation into law in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers have voted to extend the state’s landmark law to combat climate change after hours of fraught debate and days of direct appeals from Gov. Jerry Brown.

With Brown’s signature, California’s cap-and-trade program will survive through 2030. The program caps carbon emissions and requires polluters to obtain permits for each ton of carbon they release.

On Monday, both chambers of the state Legislature approved the extension, which has potentially global implications. California is looking to serve as a model for reducing carbon emissions even as President Donald Trump is pulling back from the fight against global warming.

Brown fought aggressively to extend the program, which would have ended in 2020, calling it the “most important” vote of lawmakers’ lives.

Some environmentalists say the program includes unreasonable concessions to oil companies.

Brown calls it an affordable way to address climate change.

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