Gallery: Bill Gates Gives $700K to Preserve Global Warming Law


We all know Bill Gates is a philanthropist — he’s got so much money it must be a blast for him to give it away to good causes. Well, he’s added one more to the list: recently reported that he gave $700,000 to the fight against California Proposition 23. If passed, Proposition 23 will repeal California’s law — called AB 32 for short– meant to curb global warming. The proposition supporters are hoping to repeal the law because they feel it is curbing the creation of new jobs. Didn’t someone tell them that new technology and innovation fuels the job market? Californians: you better be reading this and get your butts to the ballot box on the 2nd!

The glaring contradiction afoot in Prop 23 is making us squirm in our seats. First of all, it hopes to repeal AB 32 until California unemployment drops below 5.5% for four consecutive quarters. Now, California does have an unemployment problem — it is presently up above 12% — but these proposition supporters have it all wrong. California currently has the most venture capital money invested in green technology — over 60% of the total in the US — and their green job market is growing 10 times faster than their general job market. Seeing that the state is the biggest proponent of green technology — the Governator recently mandated green energy storage for utilities and the state is an early adopter of green tech like these quick charging all-electric buses in southern california — stopping AB 32 kill green job growth and therefore run unemployment figures even higher.

AB 32 was passed in 2006 and as its longer title states: “Air pollution: greenhouse gases: California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006″, it not only fights climate change but also aims to curb California’s dangerously high levels of air pollution. As we’ve reported, instituting green technology in place of the current awful emitters of dangerous fumes could save 9,000 lives in California a year. So, perhaps these Proposition 23 supporters are planning on cutting unemployment by cutting the population of California? But no, that doesn’t seem right. The proposition doesn’t seem right either, so we’re left to applaud Bill Gates for helping to raise awareness about this terrible proposition and to shake our heads at the people trying to get it passed.

By the way, case you are wondering who the supporters are — in addition to the big money from oil companies — The California Manufacturers & Technology Association, secretary-treasurer of the State Building & Construction Trades Council and the Americans for Prosperity of California, among others. Seems to us the people supporting it are exactly the people set to benefit by an onslaught of new green technology. So, in our stupor the only thing left for you California voters to do is to get out there and defeat this thing and thank Bill Gates for helping you.

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  1. Dan Pangburn November 26, 2010 at 11:40 am

    I wonder what Bill Gates will give to curb global cooling.

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  3. geva October 30, 2010 at 7:09 am

    Why is it that such important decisions seem to always come back to jobs and unemployment rate? Where is the relationship between doing things that we know we have to do to maintain a livable planet and giving people employment today so that they don’t burden the unemployment system? To me, the first sounds like a global “thinking of the future” issue, whereas the second seems more like a government trying to fiddle with little economic bits of today.

    This would be like saying that I need a job, and am thusly not going to focus on anything else until I have a job and a salary. Meanwhile, I stop showering, shaving, doing the dishes, clean my apartment, etc. I’d obviously not get a job, and end up depressed as I lived in a pig stye.

    There are certain things in life that just need to be taken care of; regardless of present priorities and desires.

    The fact remains that unemployment has been a problem forever (my forever at least), and we’ll probably always have an unemployment problem. Saying that we want to get that under wraps before we start concerning ourselves with the environment is simply ridiculous.

  4. EarlRichards October 24, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    PROP 26 is just as damaging as PROP 23. Prop 26 is a treacherous, Big Oil rip-off, which “passes the buck” from oil corporation, clean-up fees to the public’s taxes, who will for the oil recycling fees, the materials hazards fees and other fees. If you do not understand the ambiguities and the intrigues behind Prop 26, then, vote no. Power to the people. BP, Shell and Exxon Mobil are silent partners behind Prop 26.

  5. diverdriver October 24, 2010 at 6:13 am

    I would like to see proof there are more green jobs being created than others. I’m sure, if you didn’t make that up, you read it somewhere and believed it. Like they say a sucker is born every day.

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