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Environment California, a non-profit, non-partisan research group, released a study today detailing the country’s steadily increasing carbon dioxide emissions. But it didn’t say much that’s new.

Standing in front of Chula Vista City Hall, Jennifer Tung, the group’s campaign director, pointed to a 95 percent increase in carbon dioxide emissions as a root cause of global warming. She called out California for being the third leading state of those emissions. And she belted Exxon Mobil for obfuscating the growing consensus on global warming.

“Our leaders in California need to take dramatic action, drastic action,” she said.

A press advisory advertised the press conference as a release of a “critical report on trends in global warming pollution.”

The information they released was two years old and is widely available on the Internet. The Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which was used as a source, has data dating to 2003. Two years of info that’s available was excluded from environmental group’s report.

Oak Ridge’s information – available via Google, not via press conference – actually reaches beyond the conclusions that Environment California did. It says CO2 emissions have doubled since 1950.

The event provided a forum for Tung to pitch the benefits of Assembly Bill 32. Its sponsors (Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez and Assemblywoman Fran Pavley) have dubbed it the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. It would set a limit on the state’s greenhouse gas emissions, create a reporting and tracking system and require reductions in emissions to 1990s levels by 2020.

The report was released in Chula Vista, where the City Council is considering a resolution tonight supporting the bill.

ROB DAVIS

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