Brit Liggett

California Climate Law Survives, Proposition 23 Defeated

by , 11/03/10

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Take that giant oil companies! Petroleum-backed California Proposition 23 was looking to overturn the most comprehensive climate law in the country but was stomped out at the polls yesterday by California voters. Golden Staters can take pride in the fact that they didn’t listen to the big oil spin and held fast to their green credentials by keeping a law that promotes renewable energy growth, green collar jobs, advanced sustainable technology and low emissions vehicles on the books.

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Proposition 23 was supported and fueled by a coalition of big 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. Its defeat comes thanks not only to California voters but also to people like Bill Gates who poured their personal cash into the cause and Silicon Valley investors who poured millions into the defeat efforts.

After the failure of the US Congress to pass comprehensive climate legislation, all eyes were on California as this vote was counted to see if the climate change cause was lost and gone forever. Thankfully, it seems like it is still alive and well with the vote tallied as 59% of Golden State voters saying “no” to Prop 23. With Democrat Jerry Brown announced as California’s new Governor, we’ll now look to him to push this legislation successfully into the future now that it has survived this attack. Brown has noted that he hopes to derive at least 33% of California’s energy from renewable sources. With California in major debt and a new leader taking the helm, let’s hope they really push to make green a part of the recovery of their economy.

Via Reuters

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4 Comments

  1. 12 Things to Celebrate ... May 30, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    [...] Californians overwhelmingly voted down a highly-funded proposition that would have overturned their climate change legislation. Way to stick to your guns, Granola State! oops [...]

  2. bigluke November 3, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    I am a small business owner my wife and I drive trucks and because this passed my wife and I will be out of work and my trucks are now worth nothing! How does this provide jobs?

  3. jenfrench1 November 3, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    Sounds like a good website, and a great future again for California!

  4. nohdramas November 3, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    CARB, California’s Air Resourse board said AB 32 will not lower polllition one one hundredth of one percent, all AB 32 is, is a tax on energy and the price of food and gasoline and utilities go up beyond what people can afford in a time of near depression that we are in today!

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