California Voters Defeat Measure to Suspend Climate Law

California Voters Defeat Measure to Suspend Climate Law

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California voters defeated a ballot measure Tuesday that would have suspended the state's climate change law until the unemployment rate fell below 5.5 percent for a year.

Proposition 23 was largely funded by out-of-state oil refiners, including Valero and Tesoro. Supporters collectively raised roughly $10.5 million for the proposal, compared to more than $31 million from opponents.

The legislation that would have been suspended was the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, also known as AB 32. The law, considered to be the most aggressive in the country, aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 with a greenhouse gas cap-and-trade system as its centerpiece.

“The path to a strong clean energy future and a green economy continues to run through the state of California after voters handed Proposition 23 an overwhelming defeat," Martin Chávez, executive director of ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability USA, said in a statement Tuesday night. "With tonight’s decisive victory over the dirty tactics unleashed against AB 32, California will continue to be a model for clean energy innovation."

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