California Gov. Brown Signs Wildfire Legislation Into Law

California Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed into law a bill aimed at better managing the prevention and response to wildfires, along with 28 other bills addressing fire-related issues, but he acknowledged the complexity and inherent added costs from the legislation.

September 25, 2018

California to Pinch Pennies, Resist Climate Change Cutbacks, Says Brown

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday reiterated the state’s support for aggressive climate change, including a multi-billion-dollar cap-and-trade program, while preaching the need for prudence and “rainy day” funds in the face of uncertainties about the budget and incoming Trump administration.

January 11, 2017

New California Regulators Have Labor, Environmental Backgrounds

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday named two of his close advisors to positions on the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).

December 30, 2016

California Governor Signs Nation’s Toughest Methane Emissions Law

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law SB 1383, said to enact the nation’s toughest restrictions on methane and other “super pollutants,” which include black carbon and fluorinated (HFC) gases.

September 22, 2016

California Governor Signs Two Major Climate Change Bills

Amid a chorus of praise from California’s environmental and climate activist groups, California Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed into law two precedent-setting bills (SB 32 and AB 197) designed to accelerate the state’s reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by deemphasizing the burning of fossil fuels while increasing reliance on renewable energy, storage and efficiency.

September 9, 2016

California Governor Calls For Common Ground on Renewable Future

California Gov. Jerry Brown repeated his state’s intention to move away from fossil fuels as it implements an aggressive climate strategy. Brown offered keynote remarks on Wednesday, the first day of a two-day California Independent System Operator (CAISO) stakeholder symposium in Sacramento.

September 8, 2016

California Governor, Lawmakers Agree on Cap-And-Trade Expenditures

California Gov. Jerry Brown and state legislative leaders agreed Wednesday on a distribution plan for proceeds from California’s $3.2 billion cap-and-trade program for the new fiscal year.

September 1, 2016

California Lawmakers Pass New Climate Change Bills

Two bills that have the oil and natural gas industry uneasy (SB 32 and AB 197) were passed by California’s legislature on Wednesday, and Gov. Jerry Brown indicated he would sign both.

August 25, 2016

California Governor, Lawmakers Pursue Sweeping Regulatory Reforms

California Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers on Monday rolled out a package of proposals they labeled as “sweeping reforms” for the five-member California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).

June 28, 2016

Residents Seek to Close SoCalGas Storage Facility; Gov. Brown Declares Emergency

Residents living in the area adjacent to the Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) underground natural gas storage field, where a two-month-old leak has forced many to relocate, have asked state oil and gas regulators to shut down the facility.

January 6, 2016
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