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October 12, 2010 (San Diego) – Want to learn more about Prop 23, one of the most important environmental battles ever in California’s history? Prop 23 would overturn the landmark AB 32 measure that reduced greenhouse gas emissions and strengthened clean air standards.

Students at San Diego State University are sponsoring a debate on Prop 23 to be held Thursday, October 14 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the “Back Door” in the lower Aztec Center at San Diego State University. Free pizza is included.


Prop 23 is funded primarily by out-of-state oil companies that say AB 32 is a job killer. Opponents of Prop 23 say AB 32 is creating new jobs in clean, green tech industries that will move California’s economy forward.


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Proposition 23

One can believe that global warming is real, man-made, and catastrophic and still be in favor of Proposition 23. Cap and trade, as proposed in AB32, is an inefficient and pork laden way of reducing emissions. Cap and trade schemes in Europe are already being fraudulently manipulated. Further, a single state cannot effectively reduce global emissions as businesses tend to just move across the border. The United States needs to negotiate a world wide carbon tax, even if sovereign governments collect it themselves to raise the price of burning fossil fuels. Then the scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs can figure out the best substitute technologies to produce clean energy, without government interference. Further, by taxing all carbon emissions, we reduce other forms of pollution associated with burning fossil fuels. One need not be a shill for the oil industry to recognize the immense impracticality of the California legislature's scheme. It will distort markets and have zero net effect on carbon emissions world wide.

Lest you think I am posting with a hidden agenda, I have a degree in physics and one in management and work for a branch of government, so I am not beholden to anyone on this issue.

Prop 23 - "Pain in the Neck"

The California Jobs Initiative (CJI) is an oil corporation farce and fraud. There is no connection, whatsoever, between greenhouse gas emission reduction and the loss of jobs. This notion is an insult to the intelligence of the people of California. In fact, there is job growth in the clean, renewable energy industry. Chevron employs 65,000 worldwide and CJI is not going to change this. The only jobs created by the oil companies are clean-up jobs after oil spills and deep water, blow-outs and pump-handler jobs. CJI will make fantastic profits for the oil industry, increase air pollution, especially in communities around their refineries and there will not be lower gas prices. Koch Industries, Valero and Tesoro are super Enrons. Since when did the oil companies start to show any concern for the unemployed and their families and for small businesses?