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Living and Breathing in the Shadow of Chevron

When California passed its Global Warming Solutions Act, Assembly Bill 32, in 2006, many environmental justice advocates hoped that the legislation, which regulates greenhouse gas emissions, would also combat health problems caused by big polluters, like refineries. A refinery emits carbon dioxide, which causes climate change, along with other kinds of pollution that are linked to respiratory disease and cancer. Some residents of the state believe that the regulation should force refineries to clean up their own operations, not allow them to trade permits to pollute through a policy called "cap and trade."

AB32 began regulating industrial greenhouse gas emissions this year. Residents of Richmond, a low-income city alongside Chevron's oil refinery in the San Francisco Bay, believe the regulation should require Chevron to clean up ongoing air pollution in their community.

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