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Critics say climate program would create 'hidden gas tax'
Critics say climate program would create 'hidden gas tax'

California's latest move to combat global warming will either siphon dollars from motorists' wallets or save them big money on their gasoline bills. Those are the starkly different predictions being bandied about the Capitol by critics and fans of the state's controversial system for buying and selling pollution credits. Starting Jan. 1, oil refineries must pay for the right to release excess carbon and other greenhouse gases to the atmosphere. A bipartisan group of at least 40 members of the state Assembly last week wrote Gov. Jerry Brown and his environment secretary to complain that putting motor vehicle fuels into the program would create what some called "a hidden gas tax." They...

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