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Gov. Brown Hails President Obama’s Global Warming Initiative

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown is welcoming President Barack Obama’s global warming initiative and says it shows the administration “is confronting climate change head-on.”

In a statement issued Monday, the Democratic governor touted California’s aggressive energy-saving programs. He says they already generate billions of dollars in savings and create clean-energy jobs.

Under Obama’s proposal, California will have to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 23 percent by 2030. The state already requires utilities to derive a third of their power from wind, solar and other renewables by 2020.

The Legislature approved California’s landmark global warming law in 2006. It aims to reduce carbon emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, in large part by reducing industrial emissions.

Brown says “bold, sustained action” at all levels is needed to combat climate change.

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