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Taking Oil Industry Cue, Environmentalists Drew Emissions Blueprint

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Tue, 07/08/2014 - 9:10am
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Energy

In November 2010, three combatants gathered in a sleek office here to build a carbon emissions policy that they hoped to sell to the Obama administration.

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Critics Say California Law Hurts Effort to Add Jobs

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Tue, 09/04/2012 (All day)
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LOS ANGELES — Environmentalists in this greenest of places call the California Environmental Quality Act the state’s most powerful environmental protection, a model for the nation credited with preserving lush wetlands and keeping condominiums off the slopes of the Sierra Nevada.

But the landmark law passed in 1970 has also been increasingly abused, opening the door to lawsuits — sometimes brought by business competitors or for reasons unrelated to the environment — that, regardless of their merit, can delay even green development projects for years or sometimes kill them completely.