Gov. Brown Signs Climate Change Bill to Increase Renewable Energy, Efficiency Standards

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Gov. Jerry Brown looks on during a news conference at Google headquarters on Sept. 25, 2012, in Mountain View. (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed a pared-down climate change measure that will increase renewable energy generation and make buildings more energy efficient.

The legislation, SB 350 by Senate leader Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), was amended to remove a third component that would have required reduced gasoline use on California roads. The battle over the controversial proposal dominated the closing weeks of the legislative session last month.

Despite ceding some ground in a tug-of-war with oil companies, Brown and De León have touted the remaining parts of the legislation as significant steps in California’s fight against climate change.

Brown said the law would help the state lead a worldwide effort and improve the health of Californians.

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