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After intense debate, California Assembly approves climate legislation aimed at pollution reduction, increasing oversight

from Los Angeles Times

The California Assembly approved a second measure on climate change Aug. 31 after a contentious debate about the benefits of environmental regulations and whether the provisions go far enough to increase legislative oversight of state regulators. Assembly Bill 197 reached the floor after being approved earlier in the day by a committee. Because it would direct regulators to prioritize direct emission reductions from sources such as refineries, some business groups are concerned it would undermine the cap-and-trade program, a charge rejected by supporters. more

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