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Brown administration applauds Obama emissions order

In this Monday, May 14, 2012, file photo, the Reid-Gardner power station is seen near a farm on the Moapa Indian Reservation, in Moapa, Nev.
In this Monday, May 14, 2012, file photo, the Reid-Gardner power station is seen near a farm on the Moapa Indian Reservation, in Moapa, Nev. AP

President Barack Obama’s announcement of new regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants met Monday with significant interest from much of the country, including from Republicans who said they would challenge the measure in court.

In California?

Little fuss besides an atta-boy from Gov. Jerry Brown.

After Obama announced his plan to reduce carbon emissions from power plants by 32 percent compared to 2005 levels, Brown said in a prepared statement that he welcomed “this bold and absolutely necessary carbon reduction plan.”

But his office noted that California is already ahead on the issue. The Brown administration is seeking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.

Obama’s plan will give states individual emission reduction targets and years to comply. California, a heavily Democratic state and a leader in greenhouse gas reduction policies, will get one of the stricter goals compared to other states, though the target is less stringent than originally proposed by federal regulators.

The California Air Resources Board said it expects to “over-comply” with the mandate.

David Siders: 916-321-1215, @davidsiders

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