Accusing UC Berkeley of selling out to the oil industry, about 40 protesters with a makeshift, 8-foot-high Trojan horse demonstrated on campus Thursday against the $500 million contract between petroleum giant BP and a research partnership headed by Cal.
California, whose economy is larger than Canada's, is the only state that has ordered mandatory cuts in greenhouse gases. With no federal action yet on climate change, the process here is being closely watched across the country and worldwide.
Renewable energy supporters say the industry could create millions of new jobs, but economists are split.
Last week New Zealand joined the leaders in the fight against climate change when it announced a raft of aggressive policies aimed at making it the world's first carbon neutral country.