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PACE Nationally: Republican Texas Bows to Berkeley in Backing Energy Finance Plan

(Bloomberg) — Jim Keffer is Republican state lawmaker in Texas with a permit to carry a concealed weapon and doubts about whether human activity is causing global warming.

Cisco DeVries is the former aide to the mayor of Berkeley, California, whose home has solar panels on the roof and a Nissan Leaf in the driveway. He calls fighting climate change the defining issue of this generation.

But the Texas recipient of the “champion of free enterprise” award and the California self-described “policy entrepreneur” share one thing: They’re both promoting a new financing mechanism that aims to break the partisan deadlock over renewable power and energy efficiency. Read more.