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Gov. Brown preaches the end of the world in cap-and-trade pitch

Yesterday Governor Jerry Brown spewed fire and brimstone as he made his pitch for the extension of California's cap-and-trade system.

He got really worked up and sounded like a crazy cult preacher:

“I’m not here about some cockamamie legacy that people talk about. This isn’t for me. I’m going to be dead. It’s for you and it’s damn real.”

Cap and trade works by setting an annual limit on the state's greenhouse gas emissions and forcing companies to buy an allowance. An allowance is a permit for every metric ton of heat-trapping gas they emit.

The number of allowances each year equals the cap. Both decrease over time, which reduces emissions. If a company has a hard time cutting emissions quickly they can buy allowances from each other or from the state.

The extension, AB 398, needs a 2/3 vote, but Republicans are walking back the possibility of a bipartisan agreement. 

Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes announced that members of his caucus were against the proposal:

There are no Assembly Republican votes for the cap-and-trade deal in its current form. We will not support a deal that doesn’t cut taxes, roll back regulations and protect ordinary Californians.”

Brown sounded like he was announcing some prophecy of biblical proportions. That if legislators didn't go along with him the southwest would burn, diseases would get out of control, and there would be absolute chaos! We're all going to fry!

There's opposition on the right and the left when it comes to this bill. Here's what Brown had to say about that:

“If we look to Washington, the turmoil, the chaos, the bad feelings exist not just between the parties but inside the parties. Let’s not be Washington. Let’s pull together and show that Republicans and Democrats can come together and respond to an existential threat.”

Sen. Jeff Stone (R-Riverside County) said his party had been left out of closed-door negotiations that led to the bill. He and Sen. Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado) voted against it:

"You excluded Republicans until the last minute, when you needed a few of our votes."

The committee approved the bill on a 5-2 party line vote, sending it to the appropriations committee. A full Senate vote should happen next Monday.

Read more at the SF Gate.

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