Calif. climate law under assault in poor economy

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Four years ago, California earned
praise for adopting a law to slash greenhouse gas emissions and
serve as a model for national climate change legislation.
Now California is struggling in the tough economy and the
regulatory effort Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger set in motion is
facing a political backlash.
A coalition of businesses is funding a ballot petition to delay
the law until California's current unemployment rate is cut by more
than half.
Records show Valero Services of San Antonio, has given $500,000.
Tesoro Companies of San Antonio and World Oil Corp. of Houston have
given $100,000 each.
Under the measure, oil refineries, manufacturers, cement plants,
utilities and other carbon polluters are to begin cutting their
emissions in 2012.
The ballot petition is expected to qualify for the November
ballot.


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