Gas reduction dropped from California climate change bill

Gov. Jerry Brown faced a cascade of setbacks Wednesday as climate change legislation was stripped of his targets for reducing gasoline use, his effort to fix dilapidated roads was delayed, and there was no deal in sight to shore up funding for public healthcare.

It was an unusually rough day for the governor, who started his historic fourth term this year and typically gets his way in Capitol dogfights.

But Brown said he was undeterred. He pledged to redouble his efforts to fight climate change by slashing the amount of gasoline burned on California roads.

“Oil has won the skirmish. But they've lost the bigger battle,” he said at a Capitol news conference. “Because I am more determined than ever.”

Brown added, “We're not going to miss a beat.”

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