Gov. Jerry Brown says he wants California's plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to be a model when global leaders meet to try and fashion a universal agreement to combat climate change.
Brown sat down Monday with United Nations climate chief Christiana Figueres and leading scientists to discuss the impacts of global warming and the need for action at all levels of government.
Afterward Brown told reporters that California's vast resources allow it to negotiate with other states as well as foreign governments like Mexico and China.
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A global agreement is being negotiated ahead of a U.N. climate summit in November, which will be attended by representatives from more than 195 nations.
Brown is promoting pending legislation to require that half the state's electricity come from renewable sources by 2050.