California Gov. Jerry Brown issued an executive order Wednesday, April 29, 2015 sharply speeding up California’s already ambitious program aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions, saying it was critical to address “an ever-growing threat” posed by global warming to the state’s economy and well-being. In an executive order, Brown said the state must cut the pollutants to 40% below 1990 levels by the year 2030.
Brown’s order aligns the California’s goals with standards set by the European Union.
Mr. Brown said this tough new interim target was essential to prod the energy industry to act and to help the state make investment and regulatory decisions that would assure that goal was not missed.