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A West Coast revolt

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The most populated state and the world’s sixthlargest economy challenges the federal government on major laws: taxes, environment, immigration.

When the governor of California, Jerry Brown, visited Germany in November, he announced that the state would continue to honour the Paris Agreement on climate change. Brown is a respected politician and his announcement was taken seriously. But how can California’s commitment make a difference if the rest of the United States doesn’t go along? How much autonomy does California actually have from the federal government?

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