California Moves on Climate Change, but Rejects Aggressive Cuts to Greenhouse Emissions

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Kaiser Health News

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — As California trudges into another autumn marred by toxic wildfire smoke and drought-parched reservoirs, state lawmakers have cast climate change as a growing public health threat for the state’s 40 million residents. But they were willing to push the argument only so far. On Thursday, against the smoldering backdrop of Sequoia National Park, where the massive KNP Complex Fire is burning uncontained, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a $15 billion bill that he described as an unprecedented investment by any state in climate resiliency. The legislation will fund significant new effo…

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