California’s Brown signs renewable energy bill in another rebuke to Trump

California Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature comes in the waning months of his fourth and final term, and serves as a capstone to his efforts to make California a global leader on climate change. | Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

California’s Brown signs renewable energy bill in another rebuke to Trump

SACRAMENTO — California will aim to derive all its retail electricity from renewable sources by 2045 under a bill Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law on Monday, with backers framing the measure as the state’s latest rebuke to environmental backsliding by the Trump administration.

The bill “is sending a message to California and the world that we are going to meet the Paris agreement and we are going to continue down that path to transition our economy,” Brown told reporters, referencing the climate accord from which President Donald Trump withdrew the United States last year.

Brown’s signature comes in the waning months of his fourth and final term, and serves as a capstone to his efforts to make California a global leader on climate change. He timed the public signing ceremony to a global climate summit that will bring public officials from around the world to San Francisco this week.

With Sacramento and Washington engaged in a protracted policy standoff from the start of the Trump administration, much of the conflict has turned on California’s ability to maintain its aggressive environmental policies.

And with both foreign dignitaries and U.S. officials with national aspirations preparing to gather in San Francisco for the climate summit, the divergence between those two power centers is on stark display: Even as the Trump administration has sought to unravel Barack Obama’s climate legacy, the nation’s largest state is forging ahead.

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