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VIDEO: Business interests push back on environmental bill

This March 9, 2010 file photo shows a tanker truck passing the Chevron oil refinery in Richmond, Calif.
This March 9, 2010 file photo shows a tanker truck passing the Chevron oil refinery in Richmond, Calif. AP

With lawmakers returning from summer recess next week and a vote on a landmark bill to reduce greenhouse gas emissions looming, the oil industry and other business interests are stepping up opposition to the measure, focusing on moderate Democrats in the Assembly.

Senate Bill 350, by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles, would require the state to halve the amount of petroleum used by vehicles and generate 50 percent of electricity from renewable sources.

The bill has already passed the Senate but faces a more difficult path in the lower house.

The California Drivers Alliance, a project of the influential Western States Petroleum Association, sent mailers opposing the bill in recent days, and it organized a news conference in Lodi on Tuesday.

Here’s what Bruce Blodgett of the San Joaquin Farm Bureau Federation said:

Controversy over Senate Bill 350 picks up before lawmakers return from recess. The bill would require the state to halve the amount of petroleum used by vehicles and generate 50 percent of electricity from renewable sources.

David Siders: 916-321-1215, @davidsiders

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