By Nile Malloy, SF Gate.
Few places in the United States are as deeply afflicted by dirty air as West Oakland. One area that comes to mind is Fresno, which has California's dirtiest air. You can understand my dismay when I read that Assemblyman Henry Perea, D-Fresno, is now going to bat for the oil industry to help it derail AB32, California's popular climate change and clean energy law.
Perea, after accepting tens of thousands of dollars in oil industry campaign contributions, is working hand-in-hand with those very same oil interests to advance legislation to exempt the oil industry from California's cap-and-trade program, the centerpiece of AB32.