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Sep 2, 2010 1:20 PM by Ariel Wesler

Prop 23 has both sides fuming over green retrofits

Supporters call it the California Jobs Initiative while opponents label it as the Dirty Energy Proposition. No matter where you stand, Proposition 23 is all the rage heading into the November election.

If passed, it would appeal AB 32, also known as the Global Warming Act of 2006. That act required greenhouse gas emission levels in the state to drop to1990 levels by 2020

Proposition 23 would free those requirements until California's unemployment rate drops to 5.5 percent or lower for four consecutive quarters. That has only happened three times since 1980.

Opponents say the green retrofits would boost the state's economy by creating clean energy jobs and some call it a polluter's dream that will further destroy the state's economy.

Supporters say it will kill manufacturers and raise costs to companies when they can least afford it.

Whoever becomes the next governor of California can suspend AB 32, regardless of whether the initiative passes. Generally, Meg Whitman supports Proposition 23 and Jerry Brown is against it.

Watch KSBY News at 5 and 6 for more on the controversy.

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