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Calif. Faces Big Hurdles To Meet Lofty Carbon-Neutral Goal

Law360 (September 12, 2018, 8:28 PM EDT) -- Climate change goals don't get much more ambitious than California Gov. Jerry Brown's recent executive order calling for the Golden State to be carbon-neutral by 2045, and experts say the state will have to thread the needle through significant legal, regulatory and practical challenges on the pathway to net-zero carbon emissions.

On Monday, the same day he signed into law SB 100, which calls for California to have 100 percent zero-carbon electricity by 2045, Brown dropped a bombshell by also inking an executive order establishing a goal of statewide carbon neutrality by that same year. Post-2045, the order envisions net negative...

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