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Jerry Brown has outlined a $2.5
billion plan to help Californians
buy electric vehicles and expand
a network of charging stations as
part of a goal of getting 5 million
zero-emission cars on the road by
The ambitious proposal to
transform California’s car culture
comes as Brown begins his final
year in office and works to set the
stage for his environmental legacy
to continue under his successor.
The Democratic governor has
positioned California as a global
leader in fighting climate change
amid President Donald Trump’s
decision to pull the U.S. out of the
Paris climate accord.
The number of zero-emission
cars is a significant expansion of
Brown’s goal of selling 1.5 million
such vehicles by 2025.
It’s a nearly 15-fold increase over
the 350,000 zero-emission vehi-
cles already on California’s roads.
The $2.5 billion in spending still
needs legislative approval.
Reaching the goal will require
that 40 percent of vehicles sold in
2030 be clean, said Mary Nichols,
chairwoman of the California Air
Resources Board, up from about 5
“We think that’s a very reason-
able proposal,” Nichols said. “It’s
not a stretch.”
Brown’s plan would extend sub-
sidies to help people buy emis-
It seeks to have 250,000 elec-
tric-vehicle charging stations and
200 hydrogen fueling stations,
an increase from about 14,000
charging stations and 31 hydrogen
California offers subsidies of
up to $7,000 for the purchase or
lease of a new electric, fuel-cell
or plug-in hybrid vehicle, though
most subsidies are smaller.
Brown’s proposal would offer
$200 million worth of subsidies in
each of the next eight years.
LONDON—US President Donald
Trump says he would take a
“tougher” attitude toward Brexit
negotiations than the approach
now being used by British Prime
Minister Theresa May.
Without providing specifics,
Trump said in an ITV interview
broadcast Sunday night he would
have used different tactics.
“Would it be the way I negoti-
ate? No, I wouldn’t negotiate it
the way it’s (being) negotiated...
I would have had a different atti-
tude,” he says.
He said: “I would have said that
the European Union is not cracked
up to what it’s supposed to be.”
Britain is preparing to leave the
European Union in March 2019.
The complex negotiations have
moved slowly and May’s Cabinet
seems deeply divided over how
best to separate Britain from the
In the interview with journal-
ist Piers Morgan, Trump said he
looks forward to visiting Britain,
where he has been invited for a
state visit to be hosted by Queen
He also said he was willing to
apologize for retweeting anti-Mus-
lim videos by a far-right group in
Britain, which exacerbated ten-
sions with May and drew com-
plaints in Parliament.
Discussing the upcoming royal
wedding that will feature an Amer-
ican bride, he says Britain’s Prince
Harry and actress Meghan Markle,
look like a “lovely couple” and
says he doesn’t know if he’s been
invited to their May 19 nuptials.
Told that Markle backed Dem-
ocrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016
election and has described Trump
as “divisive,” the president struck
a friendly note: “Well, I still hope
they’re happy,” he says.
Trump also said that his ad-
ministration might not withdraw
from the Paris climate accord
if terms more favorable to the
United States are reached, in part
because he likes French President
“If somebody said, go back into
the Paris accord, it would have
to be a completely different deal
because we had a horrible deal,”
“Would I go back in? Yeah, I’d go
back in. I like, as you know, I like
Emmanuel (Macron). I would love
to, but it’s got to be a good deal for
the United States.”
The interview was conducted
Thursday during Trump’s brief
visit to the World Economic
Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
US President Donald Trump meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May at the World Economic Forum in
pushes for 5 million
Trump: I would be ‘tougher’
in Brexit talks than UK’s May
In this September 2015 file photo, Darshan Brahmbhatt, plugs a charger
into his electric vehicle at the Sacramento Municipal Utility District charging
station in Sacramento, California. Gov Jerry Brown issued an executive order
outlining a plan to put five million zero-emission vehicles on California’s
roads by 2030.
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