Gov. Jerry Brown signs sweeping climate laws with big changes for California's future

Los Angeles Times 

Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders embarked on a new era in California's effort to combat climate change Thursday when the governor signed a law committing the state to some of the most drastic greenhouse gas emission reductions in the world. "What we're doing here is far-sighted, as well as far-reaching," Brown said at a signing ceremony at Vista Hermosa Natural Park in downtown Los Angeles. "California is doing something that no other state has done." The legislation, passed after a difficult political battle in the Capitol, cements the legal framework for California's climate policies for years to come. While previous law required the state to reduce emissions by 2020, the new measure, SB 32, sets a new, more aggressive target for 2030.