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Protesters Take on Valero Over Initiative that Would Change California's Landmark Climate Bill

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For Earth Day, a group of environmentalists this morning protested outside a Valero gas station on a busy Los Feliz corner hoping to bring attention to an initiative that's likely to appear on November's ballot. That initiative, which is partly funded by the Texas-owned Valero and Tesero, would suspend "state laws requiring reduced greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming, until California's unemployment rate drops to 4.8 percent or less for four consecutive quarters," according a summary by the Attorney General.

AB 32, or The Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, is California's landmark environmental bill that set pace for the state to start using clean energy. The goal is to reduce green house gas emissions to to 1990 levels by 2020 - a reduction of approximately 30 percent, and then an 80 percent reduction below 1990 levels by 2050," according to the California Air Resources Board, a state agency.

That's not how the opposition sees it. "AB 32 is ineffective and counterproductive, massively costly to businesses and families, and will increase our state deficit and/or cut services including those related to public health and environmental protection," says the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, which is leading the campaign to limit the law.