After weeks of intense negotiations, eight Republican legislators voted for the measure to ensure its passage. The Senate leader described the measure as the most affordable method to reach the state’s ambitious goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. “Let’s demonstrate to our children, to generations to come, to the rest of the nation, to Washington as well as the world, that California will always be the leader when it comes to climate action,” de León said.
President Obama says he should have "moved faster to a nonlegislative strategy" to address climate change after Congress killed cap-and-trade legislation in 2009. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Obama criticized "folks like John McCain," who he said once backed cap-and-trade proposals but reversed their position and undermined congressional efforts. “I think the biggest problem we had was folks like John McCain, who had come out in favor of a cap-and-trade system, getting caught up in a feverish opposition to anything I proposed and reversing themselves — which meant that getting the numbers that we needed was going to be too difficult,” the president said in the interview published Wednesday.