Schwarzenegger urges voters to trounce Proposition 23
This November, California voters will be deciding whether to protect or indefinitely suspend AB32, California's landmark 2006 law that mandated significant greenhouse gas reductions by 2020, and one politician is taking a firm stance.
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is calling on voters to not just vote Proposition 23 down and protect the environmental law, but to trounce it.
In a speech in San Francisco this week, Schwarzenegger framed the debate as one between out-of-state oil interests and environmental progress. "Now, there's some Texan oil companies, they don't like our environmental laws," he told the audience at the Willie L. Brown Jr. Institute annual breakfast. "And so I want to ask all of you to do everything you can to make everyone vote 'no' on this proposition."
Those promoting the measure – backed by millions of dollars from the petroleum industry, including Valero, Tesoro and Flint Hills Resources – claim that the 2006 law must be suspended to protect California jobs and small businesses. However, many experts claim that this argument is short-sighted and a cover for oil executives.
"This isn't about wearing hemp and adopting a totally new kind of lifestyle," Alan Salzman, CEO and managing partner of California-based VantagePoint Venture Partners, told ABC News. "Through this innovation, we are driving to make the energy, water and materials we use cheaper and better than today's fossil fuel-based solutions."
If all goes as planned come November, Schwarzenegger hopes that defeating Proposition 23 will send a clear message to Washington: America wants a national energy policy. A recent poll by the National Resources Defense Council Action Fund suggests voters may be ready to see climate legislation. The organization has found that in 21 of 23 polled races, a clear majority of voters were more likely to support incumbents who are in favor of energy legislation.Related Posts
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