California Democrats Drop Oil Mandate in Climate Proposal

Brown and Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, a Los Angeles Democrat, had pushed a far-reaching proposal to cut petroleum use by half, boost renewable-electricity use to 50 percent and double energy efficiency in existing buildings. They were forced to drop the mandate to cut oil use from their proposal, SB350, amid fierce opposition from business groups and oil companies that viewed it as a direct attack to their bottom line. The Associated Press