Gov. Jerry Brown Wants To “Calibrate” Environmental Rules

An early environmental leader as California’s governor nearly four decades ago, Jerry Brown is now easing restrictions for oil companies and talking about overhauling the state’s landmark environmental law to boost the economy.

As detailed in The Times, that strain of pragmatism has run throughout Brown’s current governorship — and flummoxed many allies — and nowhere is it more apparent than on the issue of the environment.

The actions come as the state forges ahead with an ambitious program to combat global warming by penalizing major polluters and moves to meet a requirement that California get a third of its power from renewable energy sources.

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