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Environmental Fight Emerging Between Gov, Business

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Downtown Los Angeles skyline enveloped in smog at sunset. Ballot measure would delay reduction of greenhouse gases.

The boxing gloves are on in the battle between the Governator and businesses as they battle over how to save the environment. This fight centers around Assembly Bill 32, legislation signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2006 designed to lower greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.

But critics say it's the wrong bill at the wrong time. Moving company owner Bill Bryan Bloom of San Diego says new restrictions won't work at a time when California's unemployment rate is near 13%.

Business owners like Bloom are pushing for a ballot measure that would suspend enforcement of the restrictions until the unemployment rate drops to 5.5 percent for four consecutive quarters. 
 
Bloom, president of Priority Moving Inc., says the new regulations would create new costs, which would be passed on to consumers. For example, he says gasoline would have to be reformulated driving up the price of fuel and stricter auto emission standards would drive up the sticker price on vehicles. For him, that means more expensive gas bills for his moving trucks. These kinds of regulations, he says, drive businesss out of California. 

Schwarzenegger defends the bill, saying it will create jobs and help flight global warming. For the most part, environmentalists, renewable energy companies and technology firms are lining up behind him.

"It will generate new jobs in a 'green technology' industry," he told the Sacramento Bee
 

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