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California Transportation Committee Reverses Climate Bills

An Assembly committee on Monday reversed itself on a pair of global warming bills that last week it had said were too burdensome on industry, Forbes reports. Democrats mustered the bare minimum votes in the Assembly Transportation Committee to pass bills by Sen. Christine Kehoe, D-San Diego.

One of Kehoe’s bills would entrench in law an executive order Schwarzenegger issued earlier this year requiring the Air Resources Board to set up a program to reduce the carbon content in transportation fuels by 10 percent by 2020. The second bill would require diesel fuel sold in the state to contain at least five percent of biodiesel by 2010.

Both bills were referred to the Natural Resources Committee, which is not scheduled to meet before a Friday deadline to move policy bills out of committee. Kehoe said she would petition lawmakers to send the bills directly to a committee that could hear them sooner.

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