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Here's what to watch for in today's big showdown over cap-and-trade

The stacks from Valero's refinery in Benicia, Calif. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)
The stacks from Valero's refinery in Benicia, Calif. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

The effort to extend the life of the cap-and-trade program, California’s signature tool against climate change under which companies must buy permits to emit greenhouse gases, is slated for a make-or-break vote in the Legislature on Monday.

It was never going to be easy. Gov. Jerry Brown is seeking a two-thirds vote to reauthorize cap-and-trade until 2030, a threshold that would help guard the program against future legal challenges. Scrounging up a super-majority is always tough — particularly when Democrats approved a politically fraught gas tax just a few months ago.

Here’s what you need to know ahead of the high-stakes vote.

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