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After weeks of wrangling over the details, Fabian Núñez and the Democratic Legislature on Wednesday presented Governor Schwarzenegger with a bill he could not refuse (that is, if he wanted to give himself any chance at reelection.)

The new bill — which I discussed in detail here and here — will be settled Thursday when the Congressional session ends.

It is indeed a breakthrough piece of legislation, calling for a 25 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2020 and controls on the largest industrial sectors, including utilities, oil refineries, and cement plants. And soon, California’s passage of this bill will cause a domino effect prompting other states, other countries, and — who knows? — maybe even the United States government to jump on board.

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And a shout out to my own assembly rep., Fran Pavley, who co-sponsored this bill. Proud to be your constituent.

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