Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Close showdown

California Legislature extends state's cap-and-trade program by razor-thin votes to address climate change

"This isn't about some cockamamie legacy. This isn't for me, I'm going to be dead. It's for you & it's damn real." @JerryBrown

Think Progress

Los Angeles Times & San Francisco Chronicle

By the narrowest of margins, California lawmakers voted Monday evening to extend the state's premier program on climate change, a victory for Gov. Jerry Brown that included unprecedented Republican support for fighting global warming. The approvals ensured that a climate program Brown has touted as a model for other states and countries will continue past 2020. Eight Republicans joined with Democrats to continue the cap-and-trade program.


City, 2 counties file lawsuits over climate impacts

San Diego Union-Tribune & Mercury News

Several coastal municipalities in California on Monday filed lawsuits against more than three dozen oil and coal corporations for what they said are billions of dollars in property damage costs associated with climate change. The city of Imperial Beach and Marin and San Mateo counties are asserting that the companies knew their fossil fuel products would cause sea level rise and coastal flooding, but failed to reduce their greenhouse gas pollution.


Skeptical farmers say they won't pay for tunnels

Sacramento Bee & Stockton Record

The governor's proposed Delta tunnels ran into a roomful of skeptics Monday — an influential group of San Joaquin Valley farmers who remain unconvinced the project will deliver the water they need at a price they're prepared to swallow. Meanwhile, saying he wants to "change the narrative" about California water, Rep. Jerry McNerney introduced legislation Monday as an alternative to Gov. Jerry Brown's controversial proposal.