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Sierra Daily

Oct 29, 2010

World Series of Climate

Texas and California couldn’t have more different styles, and we’re not just talking about the World Series now under way in baseball parks in San Francisco and Arlington, Texas.

On Friday, California unveiled the final draft of its long awaited cap-and trade plan for curbing greenhouse gases. In 2006, the state passed AB32, which requires it to return to 1990 levels of greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.

Meanwhile, Texas announced that it will not meet new federal greenhouse-gas emission rules that go into effect in January. In its refusal to join 49 other states in agreeing to the federal rules, the Texas Commission on Environment Quality and state Attorney General Greg Abbot told the EPA: "Texas has neither the authority nor the intention of interpreting, ignoring or amending its laws in order to compel the permitting of greenhouse gas emissions.”

Former presidents and oil men George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush will be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at Sunday’s crucial Game 4 in Texas. It would be awfully snarky to say something like “Let’s hope they don’t follow their adopted state’s energy policy and throw in the wrong direction.”

-- Reed “Fear the Beard” McManus

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Above: California environmentalists mess with Texas outside San Francisco's AT&T Park, reminding local baseball fans that two propositions on next Tuesday's ballot heavily favor oil companies, and that one of them -- Proposition 23 -- is bankrolled by Texas oil companies. 

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