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Can California cut gasoline usage in half in just 15 years? That's the goal of SB 350, a greenhouse gas reduction measure that easily passed the State Senate early this year. Then the oil companies came after it with a vengeance — including a massive TV campaign. Now it's in trouble in the Assembly. Would it really limit how much you can drive your car? Would you be penalized for driving too often? 

Also, after one year as publisher of the LA Times, Austin Beutner has been fired.  

Photo: Mike Mozart

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Sarah Sweeney

Austin Beutner Is Fired by the LA Times 11 MIN, 3 SEC

After 13 months as publisher of the Los Angeles Times, Austin Beutner announced today that he is leaving… immediately.  Not, he said, by choice or mutual agreement, but because, "Tribune Publishing has decided to fire me."

Guests:
Gabriel Kahn, University of Southern California (@gabekahn)
James Rainey, Variety (@raineytime)

More:
Variety on Beutner's firing

Does Cleaning the Air Mean Curbing Your Driving? 17 MIN, 30 SEC

State Senate Bill 350 would increase the amount of electricity generated by renewable energy sources, including wind and solar. It would also reduce the petroleum content used by motor vehicles by 50% in the next 15 years. Supported by Governor Brown and written by Senate leader Kevin de León, it easily passed the upper house. Now it's in trouble in the Assembly.

Here's part of a TV ad from the California Drivers' Allliance, which is funded by the Western States Petroleum Association.

Guests:
David Siders, Sacramento Bee (@davidsiders)
Kathryn Phillips, Sierra Club of California (@sierraclub)
Catherine Reheis-Boyd, Western States Petroleum Association (@WSPAPrez)

More:
California Climate Leadership on SB 350
Siders on what's at stake in California's climate bill
Courage Campaign on SB 350

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