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The passage of the initiative benefited from significant out-of-state influence, say backers of AB32. Records from California's secretary of state show more than $3 million has been spent to qualify the initiative, says Steve Maviglio, who has formed a committee called “Californians for Clean Energy and Jobs” to fight the initiative. Eighty percent of that money came from special interests outside of California, and 78 percent is oil money, he says.

The coalition of politicians and environmentalists issued a statement that referenced the environmental destruction brought on by the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. "It will be interesting to see how Californians react to a local environmental mess in the making that's been bought and paid for by out-of-state oil companies that are already polluting our Golden State,” it read.

But the ballot initiative has nothing to do with the BP oil spill, counters Anita Mangels, communications director for the group behind the initiative. “It’s disappointing that proponents of AB32 have spent so much focus on the Gulf oil spill and other issues that have nothing to do with reducing greenhouse gases in California," she said. "This law will cost a million more jobs and mean higher energy costs, and with well over 10 percent of Californians out of work, we simply can’t afford it.”

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