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Panel Expecting To Go To Governor About Global Warming

Sacramento, CA– An advisory panel is expected to deliver a wide-ranging report to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger this month suggesting how the state can fight global warming.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that an additional charge on gasoline equal to less than a penny per gallon is among the recommendations in the panel´s draft report.

The suggested tax would fund research into alternative fuels and automotive fuel efficiency. But Schwarzenegger spokeswoman Margita Thompson said the governor does not support an increase in the gas tax.

In a speech last June, the governor said finding ways California could reduce greenhouse gas emissions would be one of his top environmental priorities.

The advisory panel´s report is expected to be submitted to the governor and Legislature by the end of the month.