Mayoral tongue-lashing planned for California Jobs Initiative 

An oil industry-led effort to suspend California’s anti-global warming laws will be verbally attacked Wednesday by Mayor Gavin Newsom and environmental activists.

A press conference regarding the California Jobs Initiative, which will go on the November ballot, is scheduled to begin at Pier 7 at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday.

According to the mayor’s schedule, Newsom and “environmental leaders” will highlight the “environmental and economic impact of efforts to repeal California’s landmark clean energy and air standards.”

If passed by California voters, the California Jobs Initiative would suspend implementation of the California Global Warming Solutions Act, AB 32, until statewide joblessness reaches sustained low levels that are rarely achieved in California.

Speakers during the press conference are expected to link BP’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill with the nation’s heavy dependence on oil for its energy needs.

AB 32, which was signed into law in 2006, was designed to protect the climate from greenhouse gas emissions by reducing energy use and spurring the development of alternative fuels.

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