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Big Polluters Funding Initiative to Gut California Environmental Law


AP reported earlier this week:
"The Texas-based oil companies that are the primary backers of a
November ballot effort to suspend California's global warming law are
among the state's biggest polluters, according to a report issued
Tuesday by two groups advocating for inner-city residents.

"Valero Energy Corp. and Tesoro Corp. have contributed more than $4.5
million to Proposition 23, which seeks to suspend a 2006 law intended to
reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Their contributions represent nearly
75 percent of the funding for the initiative."

IAN KIM, via Abel Habtegeorgis
Kim is green-collar jobs campaign director for the Ella Baker Center
for Human Rights, one of the groups that released the new report, "Toxic Twins."

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