January 6, 2015 2:00 PM, EST

Calif. Gov. Brown Wants Petroleum Use Cut 50%, More Money for Roads, Bridges

Ken James/Bloomberg News

California Gov. Jerry Brown wants to see a 50% reduction in petroleum use by cars and trucks by 2030 and a greater investment in roads and bridges as soon as possible.

The governor addressed the issues in his inaugural address Jan. 5 in which he laid out a carbon reduction goal that also includes the state obtaining 50% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030.

“Taking significant amounts of carbon out of our economy without harming its vibrancy is exactly the sort of challenge at which California excels,” Brown said.

“This is exciting, it is bold and it is absolutely necessary if we are to have any chance of stopping potentially catastrophic changes to our climate system,” he said.

“Equally important is having the roads, highways and bridges in good enough shape to get people and commerce to where they need to go,” Brown said.

The state has accumulated an estimated $59 billion worth of needed upkeep and maintenance, he said.

“Each year, we fall further and further behind, and we must do something about it,” Brown added. “So I am calling on Republicans and Democrats alike to come together and tackle this challenge.”

A Democrat, Brown is beginning his fourth, though not consecutive, term as governor of the most populous state.