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Brown’s cap-and-trade bill exposes fault lines of state politics

Gov. Jerry Brown’s bid to extend the state’s cap-and-trade system for fighting climate change illuminates some of the fault lines running through the Legislature — and through the governor’s own party…

​Lawmakers announce plan to extend California cap and trade

Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders released a plan Monday to extend through 2030 California’s cap-and-trade program, a key piece of the state’s quest to fight climate change by drastically reducing emissions from greenhouse gases…

Gov. Brown and lawmakers unveil proposal to extend California climate program

After weeks of back-and-forth between environmentalists and business interests, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders introduced a proposal Monday to reauthorize California’s cap and trade program, the centerpiece of the state’s efforts to battle climate change…

Brown and lawmakers haggle over details of carbon market

Top California lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown (D) are still hammering out language to extend the state’s cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gases in an effort to reach a deal by the end of next week…

Gov. Brown unveils plan for global climate summit, further undercutting Trump’s agenda

In a rebuke to President Trump’s disengagement from worldwide climate change efforts, Gov. Jerry Brown told an international audience Thursday the president “doesn’t speak for the rest of us” and unveiled plans for a global environmental summit in San Francisco next year…

Burning carpet at Crows Landing poisons the air; it needs to stop

The American Lung Association’s State of the Air Report says four of the most polluted metropolitan regions in the U.S. are in the San Joaquin Valley…

Cap-and-Trade Deal Could Woo GOP Support, Anger Environmentalists

In recent months, Gov. Jerry Brown has made clear that an extension of the state’s cap-and-trade program will need GOP support…

Living in California’s San Joaquin Valley May Harm Your Health

[A]ccording to state data, turning on the tap is risky for more than 1 million people in the San Joaquin Valley, where drinking water is among the most contaminated nationwide, according to government testing…

Systemic Failure: Why 1 Million Californians Lack Safe Drinking Water

A report by the State Water Resources Control Board found that there are 680 community water systems across California that rely on contaminated groundwater as part of their drinking water supply…

Community Voices: Feeling lethargic? Just wait till HR 806 passes

This year, through July 2, Bakersfield has violated the federal health based ozone standard 28 times…