07/04/2022

Governor Brown’s Biggest Climate Foe Isn’t Trump. It’s Car-Loving Californians

California is hosting an international summit this week to push for global action on climate change. While the Trump Administration steadily rolls back climate policies — or attempts to — cities, states and businesses from around the world are pledging major action to cut carbon emissions.

On Monday, Gov. Jerry Brown set the stage by signing a new state law to be using 100 percent clean energy by 2045. He also issued an even broader, but less fully developed, executive order for California to be free of fossil fuels altogether by mid-century.

But if California is going to reach its ambitious climate change targets, the state will have to tackle its toughest challenge yet: cars, and the Californians who love them. Transportation is the state’s top source of carbon emissions and those emissions are still climbing.

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