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Governor Jerry Brown, Legislative Democrats Scale Back Climate Package

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Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative Democrats are scaling back their ambitious proposal to address climate change amid ongoing opposition from the oil industry and some lawmakers.

Brown and Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, a Los Angeles Democrat, had pushed a far-reaching proposal to cut petroleum use by half, boost renewable electricity use to 50 percent and double energy efficiency in existing buildings.

De Leon announced Wednesday that he was dropping the mandate to cut oil use from his proposal.

The Democratic governor has made climate change the centerpiece of his final tenure. He said at a news conference that lawmakers “did not cave in” to calls to scale back state authority to set emission rules.

The legislation has faced intense lobbying on both sides in recent weeks.