State Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, center, answers a question concerning a pair of environmental measures before the Legislature, during a news conference, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, in Sacramento, Calif. De Leon’s SB350 calls for boosting renewable energy use to 50 percent by 2030 and SB32, by Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, right, calls for cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent from 1990 levels, by 2050.
State Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, center, answers a question concerning a pair of environmental measures before the Legislature, during a news conference, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, in Sacramento, Calif. De Leon’s SB350 calls for boosting renewable energy use to 50 percent by 2030 and SB32, by Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, right, calls for cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent from 1990 levels, by 2050. Rich Pedroncelli AP
State Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, center, answers a question concerning a pair of environmental measures before the Legislature, during a news conference, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, in Sacramento, Calif. De Leon’s SB350 calls for boosting renewable energy use to 50 percent by 2030 and SB32, by Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, right, calls for cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent from 1990 levels, by 2050. Rich Pedroncelli AP
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