Whitman wants to suspend the greenhouse gas reduction law, known as AB 32, for one year. At a Sacramento-area campaign stop, she said green jobs are a small part of the state's economy - and she's looking at the bigger job picture:
"I care a lot about the environment in California, I think every Californian does, but I also think it's very important to have a balance between the needs of the environment and the needs of jobs and people."
Earlier in the day, Whitman's Democratic opponent, Jerry Brown, criticized her for failing to take a position on a November ballot measure that would suspend AB 32 for much longer. Brown opposes the suspension - and has made green sector jobs a key part of his plans for California. Whitman says she'll release her stance on all of the ballot measures later this week.
Both candidates are fundraising this week. Next up for Whitman, an event with former US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice.