Prop 23

One Small Step for CARB, Many More Steps to a Clean Energy Economy Remaining

By Alex Jackson
Natural Resources Defense Council

Last week the California Air Resources Board (CARB) voted to approve California’s first-of-its-kind carbon market to reduce pollution across the California economy. While we will continue to work with CARB to ensure the program is implemented effectively, the program as designed will position California to make good on its AB 32 pledge to reduce GHG emissions back to 1990 levels by 2020. In the meantime, much work remains to finalize and implement the suite of policies developed under AB 32 to steer California towards a clean energy future.  Here are some key developments to keep your eye on.

Carbon Market to Reduce Pollution: What’s Next

Post-election Survey: Marijuana, Climate Change, Budget Reform Captured Voters’ Attention

By Public Policy Institute of California

Of the nine propositions on the November statewide ballot, Proposition 19—the unsuccessful measure to legalize marijuana—attracted the most interest among voters, and those who voted against it felt more strongly about the outcome than those who voted yes. These are among the key findings of a post-election survey released today by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) with support from The James Irvine Foundation.  

In the PPIC survey of 2,003 voters who reported participating in the election, 38 percent say they were most interested in Proposition 19, followed by 16 percent who name Proposition 23, the measure to suspend the state’s air pollution law (AB 32). And, similar to Proposition 19, those who voted no on Proposition 23 are much more likely than those who voted yes to call the outcome of the vote on the measure important.

California Voters Say Yes to Clean Energy and to Ending Budget Gridlock

By Ann Notthoff

In back-to-back hits to Texas, one day after the San Francisco Giants beat the Rangers, California voters delivered a second great triumph, voting to safeguard the state’s booming clean energy economy by defeating Proposition 23 and saying no to dirty Texas oil.

There were nine measures on the statewide November ballot and NRDC took positions on four of them: we supported Propositions 21 and 25, and opposed Propositions 23 and 26.

The Morning After

By Robert Cruickshank

California Democrats are poised to have a clean sweep of the statewide elected offices, depending on whether Kamala Harris can maintain a razor-thin margin of victory over Steve Cooley. (Seriously, who the hell votes a Brown-Boxer-Newsom-Cooley ticket? WTF is wrong with those people?)

Here are the results as we know them, with 96.6% reporting across California. Note that the Secretary of State's site appears to be back up. It's not her fault the site crashed - they apparently got screwed by a vendor that made promises they could not keep.

Governor: Brown 54, Whitman 41
US Senate: Boxer 52, Fiorina 42
Lt. Gov: Newsom 50, Maldonado 39
Sec State: Bowen 53, Dunn 38
Controller: Chiang 55, Strickland 36
Treasurer: Lockyer 56, Walters 36
Attorney General: Harris 46.1%, Cooley 45.6%
Insurance Commissioner: Jones 50, Villines 38
Supt. of Public Instruction: Torlakson 55, Aceves 45

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Prop 23 Threatens California’s Clean Energy Future

By Martin Chavez

Local governments across California are facing an assault on their efforts to create green jobs and foster vital business development through clean technology industries, and it will be up to voters on November 2nd to decide its fate.  Passage of Proposition 23 (the Dirty Energy Proposition) would hamper progress on energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in hundreds of communities across California, while threatening new opportunities for job creation and economic growth.

National Latino Organizations and Leaders Stand Against Props 23 and 26

By Valerie Jaffee (see Spanish version below)
The fight for strong clean air standards and a clean energy economy is coming to a head in California. With only a few days left before voters head to the polls, big corporate polluters are trying every trick in the book to dismantle the clean air and energy laws in our state.
But thousands across the state are speaking up to protect California from a dirty energy takeover by opposing Propositions 23 and 26.Just yesterday, dozens of national and state Latino organizations, leaders and celebrities joined together in a statewide effort to stop big oil interests from turning California into their dumping ground.

Prop. 23 Debate: Does CA Climate Change Law Hurt Ethnic Communities?

By Ngoc Nguyen

SAN FRANCISCO—What types of jobs and economy does California want to have in the future? How could low-income and ethnic communities and small businesses benefit from the state’s groundbreaking climate change law?

These were among the key questions as supporters and opponents of Proposition 23 faced off Friday in a spirited but respectful debate over the ballot measure’s impact on ethnic Californians. The 90-minute discussion was organized by New America Media.

If approved by voters in November, Prop. 23 would suspend AB 32, the landmark global warming statute enacted by state lawmakers in 2006, until California’s jobless rate falls to 5.5 percent for four consecutive quarters.

Good Jobs Express Trailblazes Through the Central Valley

By Steve Smith
California Labor Federation

After three days and 400 miles of barnstorming up the state to support high-speed rail and Jerry Brown, the Good Jobs Express Tour wrapped up in Sacramento Thursday. Exhausted yet energized, the two unemployed iron workers who embarked on the tour -- Robert Escalera and Larry Greenhagen -- had one final stop before heading home: Meg Whitman’s high-dollar fundraiser at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sacramento.

Greenhagen and Escalera joined more than 100 other union members and community allies to protest Whitman’s opposition to high-speed rail and the hundreds of thousands of jobs it would create.


Dirty Energy Plays Dirty: What Props 23 and 26 Really Mean to California

By Traci Sheehan
Planning and Conservation League

Less than a month away from California’s November election, supporters and opponents of the state’s ten ballot measures are in the home stretch. Proposition 23, which seeks halt the state’s ground-breaking clean energy law called AB 32, has received national attention largely because oil giants, like Texas-based Valero and Tesoro, and the Kansas-based Koch Brothers, are responsible for funding nearly all of this California initiative. 

It’s not surprising that big oil companies do not support clean, renewable energy. What may be shocking to some is the fact that California based oil companies Chevron and Occidental, along with the Chamber of Commerce, have all chosen to remain neutral on the issue. Instead, it’s now come to light that these polluters are all sneakily funding the “Yes on 26” campaign. 

Report: Prop 23 Backers Valero, Tesoro Accumulated Hundreds of Pollution Violations

By Steve Maviglio

Valero and Tesoro, the two Texas oil companies bankrolling Proposition 23, have accumulated hundreds of violations of state and local health and air pollution laws in the Bay Area, according to records released by the No on 23 Campaign today.
The internal reports from California state environmental regulatory bodies reveal serious leaks of toxic substances and prolific violations of health and environmental safety rules by the two companies. In addition to spewing hazardous pollutants into the air and water of California, the records show Tesoro and Valero routinely fail to monitor their refineries, conduct the proper tests, and fail to report defective equipment and other problems.
For example, one 2007 leak at a Tesoro refinery in the Bay Area included a spike in hazardous sulfur dioxide emissions so massive, state regulators said  it was literally "off-scale" and could not be measured by the company's instruments.