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Governator To CA Green Foes: ‘I’ll Be Back’

After a dramatic season of campaigning and lobbying, three major green measures fell flat when California's legislative session came to an end Tuesday night.

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The American Chemical Council spent $242,000 on lobbying firms and donated tens of thousands of dollars to individual lawmakers to see that the ban on single-use plastic bags would be blocked.

After a dramatic season of campaigning and lobbying, three major green measures fell flat when California’s legislative session came to an end Tuesday night.

Despite support from Gov. Arnold Schewarzenegger, supporters of bans on bisphenal-A (BPA) and single-use grocery bags, and an increase of alternative energy usage failed to garner enough votes to pass the legislation.

The bill to ban the use BPA in baby bottles and sippy-cups was passed by the Assembly, but was two votes short of passage by the state Senate. Bisphenol-A is a chemical that has been linked to developmental problems in children.

The American Chemical Council successfully lobbied against a moratorium on free plastic bags given out at grocery stores. The council argued that requiring customers to either bring their own bags to shop or purchase bags from venders would negatively impact consumers and manufacturers.

And the initiative to meet 33 percent of California’s power demand with alternative energy sources also flopped. Some of the most in influential opposition came from local and regional utility companies.

The California governor vowed in a press conference to not give up on these measures, regardless of their initial roadblocks. Schwarzenegger said, “Anything that was not accomplished, I [will] try to get done before I leave office…. I never drop anything.”

Read more: Environmentalists stunned by failures of key measures in Legislature (LA Times)

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Megan Meyer

Megan Meyer was in the company of foodies for most of her formative years. She spent all of her teens working at her town's natural food co-op in South Dakota, and later when she moved to Minneapolis, worked as a produce maven for the nation's longest running collectively-managed food co-op. In 2006, she had the distinct pleasure (and pain) of participating the vendanges, or grape harvest, in the Beaujolais terroire of France, where she developed her compulsion to snip off grape clusters wherever they may hang. In the spring of 2008, Megan interned on NPR's Science Desk in Washington, D.C., where she aided in the coverage of science, health and food policy stories. She joined Indiana Public Media in June, 2009.

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