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Oil industry, environmentalists in ad war over bill to cut gasoline use

Oil industry, environmentalists in ad war over bill to cut gasoline use

When Californians check their mailboxes or flip on their radios these days, they might be forgiven for thinking an election is around the corner. It's not, of course. But with just a week left for lawmakers to finish their work this year, a heated ad war is being fought over a bill to cut state gasoline consumption in half. The measure passed the state Senate but is the subject of a tough battle in the Assembly, where business-friendly Democrats hold more sway. If it succeeds, it will shift the state away from fossil fuels. Oil companies want to kill the bill and have blanketed the state with warnings — one radio spot sounds like a public service alert — that the...

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