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A political climate: The battle over Prop 23

In California, it’s Big Energy versus Big Green — using big money.

While the Senate and governors’ races are getting much of the attention, there’s a ballot initiative that has important consequences nationwide. Voters will be asked to reconsider California’s tough anti-greenhouse gas standards, arguably the strictest in the nation.

Opponents of the new regulations are trying to block them by asking voters to approve Proposition 23. The battle has attracted millions from out-of-state interests. Both sides see the results as a bellwether for the future of environmental policy across the entire country.

With our colleagues at KCET’s “So-Cal Connected,” we asked correspondent John Larson to find out what we need to know when the votes come in on Tuesday night.

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