How an unlikely pair helped pass California’s new climate change bills

Governor Jerry Brown gathered with lawmakers in Sacramento Wednesday to celebrate the passage of a pair of major climate change bills. The bills he’s signing into law extend California’s ambitious efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions into 2030. The state will have to slash emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by then. The bills barely passed the state assembly after failing altogether last year, and passed this time thanks to an unlikely pair who pushed lawmakers from more working-class, Latino, and inland communities to get on board.