Newsom uses executive orders to press climate change agenda as California burns

California Gov. Gavin Newsom is putting his state on a much more aggressive path to slash emissions.

Newsom, a Democrat, isn’t waiting for his state’s legislature to act. He’s using his executive authority to set new climate mandates, putting California leaps and bounds ahead of most other states, the federal government, and even other countries.

The policies are earning him early praise from environmentalists who, though wishing he’d take a stronger stance on fossil fuels, say Newsom’s actions are a down payment on what California must do to reduce its emissions to help slow global warming. That could ultimately give Newsom a leg up as he eyes national political ambitions
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