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California's climate debate heats up behind closed doors as Gov. Brown pushes to extend cap and trade

California's climate debate heats up behind closed doors as Gov. Brown pushes to extend cap and trade

The end of annual budget negotiations usually brings a sense of calm to the Capitol, but behind the scenes Gov. Jerry Brown has intensified his efforts to reach a deal with lobbyists and lawmakers on a blueprint for California’s future climate change policies.

An agreement to extend the state's landmark cap-and-trade program, which requires companies to buy permits to release greenhouse gas emissions, may not be possible before the end of next week — the governor’s original goal for resolving its fate. However, Brown’s advisers believe they can seal the deal in July, and negotiations escalated this month after

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