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Koch Brothers Funding Threat to California Environmental Law


The New York Times writes in an editorial today: "Four years ago,
bipartisan majorities in the California Legislature approved a landmark
clean energy bill [AB 32] that many hoped would serve as a template
[nationally] ... Now a well-financed coalition of right-wing ideologues,
out-of-state oil and gas companies and climate-change skeptics is
seeking to effectively kill that law with an initiative [Proposition 23]
on the November state ballot. The money men include Charles and David
Koch, the Kansas oil and gas billionaires who have played a prominent
role in financing the Tea Party movement."

MIKE BRUNE, via David Graham-Caso
Executive director of the Sierra Club
, Brune said today: "This November, voters will have a chance to decide
if we will continue to fight climate change, or if we are going to
allow out-of-state oil companies to undermine California law."

IAN KIM, via Abel Habtegeorgis
Campaign manager at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
, Kim said today: "Proposition 23 will hurt low-income communities and
people of color first and worst. This Dirty Energy Proposition will make
air pollution worse and jobs more scarce, especially in communities
already burdened by too much pollution and poverty."

See from the New Yorker, Jane Mayer's recent piece "Covert Operations: The billionaire brothers who are waging a war against Obama ."

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