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Texas-based refiners pledge to fund fight against California’s global warming law

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Valero and Tesoro have reportedly pledged as much as $2 million to help gather signatures for a ballot initiative to suspend the greenhouse-gas-cutting law until the jobless rate improves.

For those still operating under the delusion misimpression that the main opposition to climate action is not funded by the polluters:

The companies, Valero Energy Corp. and Tesoro Corp., own refineries in California that would be forced under the law to slash emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases.

Campaign workers began collecting signatures Tuesday for the initiative, which would delay regulations to implement the nation’s most comprehensive climate legislation until California’s unemployment level drops to 5.5% for at least a year.  The current jobless rate is more than 12%.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a strong supporter of AB 32, the global warming law, had asked businesses not to support the ballot measure, which was launched by a coalition of Republican politicians and conservative activists.

California companies, according to a source close to the administration, “are more tolerant of California’s environmental leadership. But these Texans don’t want to pay to cut their emissions in California if the federal government is not going to pass climate legislation. They can throw a few million dollars into” fighting the law.

A federal climate bill, passed by the U.S. House last June, has stalled in the Senate in the wake of intense lobbying by coal and oil companies, which would be forced to cap their emissions. Scientists say carbon dioxide and other gases are trapping heat in the atmosphere and disrupting the planet’s climate.

Darn you, scientists, for saying that!

How about “Scientists explain carbon dioxide and other gases are trapping heat in the atmosphere and disrupting the planet’s climate.”  Or since we’re fighting the same disinformation campaign begun by the tobacco companies, how about emulating the surgeon General:  “Scientists warn carbon dioxide and other gases are trapping heat in the atmosphere and disrupting the planet’s climate.”

Memo to media:  This is much more than what scientists “say.”  It’s about what the evidence and research shows.

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One Response to Texas-based refiners pledge to fund fight against California’s global warming law

  1. Dano says:

    The polluters helped kick out Gray Davis for his legislation that cut into their profits, so they already have a template for successful delay. We’ll see if a few more years has soured the weary CA public on these corporations.

    Best,

    D