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The Wall Street Journal: California expands ambitious regulations to curb emissions

LOS ANGELES — After more than a year of political battling, Gov. Jerry Brown signed two bills into law Thursday dramatically expanding California’s plans to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions while also providing increased oversight of that effort by elected officials.

The legislation makes California a large and powerful testing ground for such initiatives, which are generally hailed by environmentalists and derided by some industry leaders.

The signing ceremony, in a public park here built atop an old oil field, marks a belated victory for the governor and his allies after a similar effort failed to get out of the California Legislature last year in the face of opposition from industry groups and others who argued that the tightening restrictions would harm the economy.

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