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California emerges as a leader at climate summit

The biggest test of how much a state governor can really lead on a global problem like climate change came this week as Gov. Jerry Brown convened the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco.  California has provided leadership amid the vacuum left when the US federal government reversed course on climate policy. But there are things a state just can’t do.   

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