Defunding the EPA and California's Renewable Energy Standards

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Developers of renewable fuels might be a boon to California's sluggish economy, but they're being pulled in two directions. In Washington, Republicans are trying to make a budget deal that takes greenhouse-gas enforcement power away from the EPA. Meanwhile in Sacramento, Governor Brown is expected to sign new emission standards for California utilities. They'll have to increase their use of renewable fuel from 20- to 33 percent by 2020. Paul Rogers writes about resources and environment for the San Jose Mercury News and broadcasts on public radio station KQED in San Francisco.




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