California Governor Jerry Brown has issued an executive order that calls for California to reduce carbon emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. That exceeds the current goal of reaching 1990 emission levels by 2020. “China is making lots of investments in renewable energy and low-carbon,” said Daniel Sperling, the director of the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies. “They’re implementing cap and trade programs. So they are doing a lot. Europe is doing a lot. Japan’s doing a lot. Korea’s doing a lot,” he says. “But what California is doing is being a leader for the US and for the world.”
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