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Will Texas oil firms succeed in undoing California greenhouse gas laws?

Texas oil firms are backing a ballot initiative that would repeal the state's landmark 2006 greenhouse-gas reduction law. The mayor of Los Angeles is rallying Hispanic groups against the initiative.

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A bit of a propaganda war is heating up in California over Proposition 23, a citizen’s initiative which could suspend the state’s landmark greenhouse gas reduction law.

Backed by manufacturers and Texas oil companies Valero and Tesoro, the ballot initiative would halt enforcement of the 2006 emissions law, AB32, until California unemployment, now over 12 percent, sinks to 5.5 percent for at least a year. Backers of the "California Jobs Initiative" say it is necessary to protect Californians from untimely financial hardship.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa took the offensive this week with a press conference designed to spotlight the issue. “Go home, Texas oil companies," Mayor Villaraigosa urged at a Tuesday news conference aimed at encouraging voters to oppose Prop. 23. Claiming that “more Californians will get sick if Prop. 23 passes,” Villaraigosa framed the fight as money vs. public health. "We won't compromise our environmental and health standards so you can make more money," he said.

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