Gov. Jerry Brown makes budget the latest battleground on climate change

By Christine Mai-Duc, Los Angeles Times.

Gov. Jerry Brown is looking to make good on a promise to curb California's petroleum use by shifting away from new legislation and instead tucking his fuel-reduction goal inside the state budget.

Oil companies spent millions of dollars in 2015 to strip a controversial climate change bill of its provision slashing petroleum use in half by 2030. At the conclusion of that bruising fight, a defiant Brown stood before reporters in the Capitol and declared war.

"Oil has won the skirmish. But they've lost the bigger battle," he said. "Because I am more determined than ever ... we're not going to miss a beat."