The suit, filed against Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown, says the wording describing the measure is ‘false, misleading and unfair.’ The ballots will be printed in mid-August.

By Margot Roosevelt, Los Angeles Times

July 29, 2010

Backers of Proposition 23, a November ballot initiative to suspend California’s 2006 Global Warming Solutions Act, filed suit in Sacramento County Superior Court on Tuesday against Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown for what they called “false, misleading and unfair” language that would describe the measure on voters’ ballots.

The ballots, which must be printed by mid-August, would say that the measure “Suspends Air Pollution Control Laws Requiring Major Polluters to Report and Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions That Cause Global Warming Until Unemployment Drops Below Specified Level for Full Year.”

The Yes on Prop 23 campaign said in its court petition that the initiative’s title and summary, drafted by Brown’s office, should not refer to “air pollution control laws” because it does not apply to multiple laws, only the Global Warming Solutions Act, known as AB 32. Nor should it refer to “major polluters,” the petition contended, because power plants and refineries are not the only institutions affected by the law, which covers emissions from universities, agricultural facilities, municipal buildings, and other private companies and citizens.

Brown, who is running for governor as the Democratic nominee, supports the law. His GOP opponent, Meg Whitman, says she would suspend the law for a year.

Scientists say that carbon dioxide and other emissions from industry and transportation have begun to trap heat in Earth’s atmosphere at dangerous levels. California is vulnerable to climate change due to global warming according to numerous studies, particularly because of the resulting sea level rise and the melting of its mountain snow pack, on which water supplies depend.

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